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Backing Crambo: O'Brien's Confidence in Stayers Hurdle Success
Crambo by John Grossick

Backing Crambo: O'Brien's Confidence in Stayers Hurdle Success

Fergal O'Brien is optimistic about Crambo's chances in the upcoming Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.


The seven-year-old, a relative newcomer in the staying division, began his season with a win in a handicap race at Aintree. Although he finished with minor honours at Haydock next, he impressed by outperforming Paisley Park in a tough race at Ascot.

Speaking at a Jockey Club press event in Ravenswell Farm, O'Brien gave a positive update on Crambo's condition ahead of the Festival. He highlighted Crambo's versatility and freshness after workouts, praising his temperament and hoping for a successful debut at Cheltenham.

Reflecting on past Grade One races, O'Brien remained steadfast in his belief in Crambo's potential. Despite some setbacks last season, the trainer praised Crambo's development and expressed confidence in his ability to compete at the highest level.

While some competitors participated in the Cleeve Hurdle in January, O'Brien opted to rest Crambo, preparing him for the upcoming challenge. He expressed excitement about the horse's progress and suitability for Cheltenham, anticipating further improvement.

Looking at the competition, O'Brien acknowledged strong contenders such as Teahupoo and Irish Point from Gordon Elliott's yard, along with other seasoned horses like Dashel Drasher and Paisley Park. However, O'Brien remains optimistic about Crambo's prospects, citing his youth and potential as key advantages in the race.

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