Dean Gallagher made most of the running on the gelding and easily shook off Albrighton to win by three and a half lengths. "When we pulled up, Adrian said my fellow was the winner of the Triumph," Gallagher said. "That was impressive, he is real class and you can't fault him - we could have won by 20 lengths."
Egerton was delighted and said: "Some people don't like the Triumph but while a lot of horses are not ready for it, this one is ideal - he takes his racing well." Dangerus Precedent is a 10-1 chance for the Triumph with William Hill.
Maguire observed; "The winner was very impressive and I think he could go all the way, Albrighton is no slouch, you know." Albrighton is also in the Triumph but his trainer, Ferdy Murphy, said: "He definitely won't go to Cheltenham, he will go for the four-year-old hurdle at Punchestown, he is a nice horse for the future."
Egerton warned punters that Decoupage, his Tote Gold Trophy winner, is not certain to go for the Champion Hurdle for which he is a 25-1 chance with Ladbrokes. "I am favouring the County Hurdle rather than the Champion," he said.
At Lingfield, Summer Bounty gave Barry Hills the 2,000th domestic Flat success of his career. The Lambourn trainer, who took out a licence in 1969 on the back of a winning bet on Frankincense in the previous year's Lincoln, has won a 1,000 Guineas (Enstone Spark), a 2,000 Guineas (Tap On Wood), a St Leger (Moonax), a Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Rheingold) and four Irish Classics along the way to hitting 2,000.
Philip Mitchell yesterday confirmed that his Dubai World Cup hope Running Stag will bypass Saturday's Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield in favour of a racecourse gallop.
The jockey Mark Richards was taken to hospital for X-rays after a fall from Agift in the closing race at Huntingdon.Reuse content