So why are the elite hurdlers
forced to choose between the 2m of the Champion Hurdle and 3m of the World Hurdle?
The nine-year-old, <Bone of the best staying hurdlers
and novice chasers of his generation, has ran his last race after being retired
Pearson set a meeting record at the 2011 Birmingham Grand Prix but won't be resting on her laurels at this year's event with Porter hot on her heels - and the rest of the world's best hurdlers
lining up to beat her across the line.
Additionally, the hurdler
performs knee lifts to be able to produce the lift necessary to take the lead leg consistently over the bar, with the trail leg smoothly clearing behind.
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comp, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA.
Last season the Willie Mullins-trained gelding developed into one of the top novice hurdlers
around with a series of superb victories at Grade 1 level.
Peter Bowen's five-year-old is better known as a hurdler
these days, and for good reason.
Baracouda, the best staying hurdler
in the last decade but getting no younger at 11, looked in with a chance on the home turn but kept on at only one pace to finish fifth.
For now, though, Clement considers himself a hurdler
, and Holloway isn't about to argue.
Having been responsible for the champion steeplechaser in every category, only Inglis Drever's position as top staying hurdler
could prevent a clean sweep for Irish-trained horses.
Alan King's gelding enjoyed a fine winter, netting his biggest success when beating subsequent Champion Hurdler
Hardy Eustace by three lengths in the Cleeve Hurdle at Prestbury Park in January.
They could have titled it 'Chasers, Hurdlers
& Jockeys' or, more appropriately, 'Chasers, Hurdlers