'He had a good retirement and had been hunting until recently,' Turnell said. 'He was probably the best hurdler I ever rode. There was a question about his courage at one stage - one day he would run straight as a die, the next he would hang all over the place.
'He beat all the top horses when he won three Bula Hurdles and three Fighting Fifths. If he could have run up to his early-season form at Cheltenham he would have won the Champion Hurdle.'Reuse content