The four-year-old gelding has been unbeaten in two runs in Britain this year for Francois Doumen, who has already taken Cheltenham's greatest prize, the Gold Cup, with The Fellow. The horse would have been ridden by his son Thierry. "He's sold," the trainer admitted last night. "I feel sad for the kid, but at the price I could not advise my client to say no.''
Hors La Loi III was promoted to 6-1 joint favourite for the Triumph Hurdle on the back of this news, while there were doubts about the other joint favourite, Katarino. "He was fine this morning," protested his trainer, Nicky Henderson. But then Doumen had said that over the croissants.
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