I saw Palomar beat inferior opponents at Kelso in November. He was mentioned in the Totesport Trophy Hurdle thread earlier. His jumping looked as if it could be improved and will have to be to get anything like competitive for a Champion Hurdle. Wore ear plugs and a cross noseband at Kelso, which indicate he might not be straightforward, though his trainer seems to have found the key at handicap level.
You may have a point there Aragorn. Tony Dobbin couldn’t win a novice hurdle on the horse…Brian Harding either (ahem).
Has Nicky Richards ever been asked to explain this horse’s incredibly eight month renaissance btw ? Those novice races were such poor quality and now we’re talking about suplementing him for the Champion !!