Confidence in Calipto Triumph Hurdle bid
There does not appear to be a horse of the calibre of last year’s winner Our Conor in the field for the Triumph Hurdle but confidence is growing behind the Paul Nicholls-trained Calipto.The French import arrived at the Ditcheat stables with a big reputation after finishing second in a listed hurdle at Auteuil. He is a National Hunt bred horse by Califet and was made joint-favourite for a competitive novice event at Newbury in November.
He was confidently ridden by Daryl Jacob and moved easily into contention with two to jump. He was a bit untidy at the last but just needed a shake of the reins to pull three and a quarter lengths clear of Activial. The runner-up boosted the form when running away with the Adonis Hurdle at Kempton. He may take Calipto on again at Cheltenham although trainer Harry Fry is tempted to keep him for Aintree. Read more hereNYK Media, www.horsesgalore.co.uk