Rich Ricci promises ‘more to come’ after impressive Vauban v Fil Dor | Horse racing news

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Vauban: impressive winner of the Spring Juvenile Hurdle

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By David Jennings, Deputy Editor of Ireland

Saturday: Leopardstown

Just when you thought Gordon Elliott could choose which of his juveniles would win the JCB Triumph Hurdle, Willie Mullins and Vauban reinforced Willie Mullins and Vauban to remind him that nothing is ever so simple at the Cheltenham Festival.

Elliott started the day with the market-leading two Triumph Hurdle, but he’s not even in charge of the favorite with a few firms now after Vauban lived up to his huge reputation at home under a typically cool Paul Townend.

Paddy Power and Betfair now make Vauban 5-2 favorites for Triumph with Punchestown conqueror Pied Piper, while Fil Dor was pushed to 6-1 after his unbeaten hurdles record came to an abrupt end.

There were three lengths between Vauban and Fil Dor on the line, but it was how the juvenile of Rich and Susannah Ricci rode the race that impressed the most. It exudes class.


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Willie Mullins was also impressed with what he saw, saying: “His form, after his run at Punchestown, was very good. I thought if Paul blew him up today he could improve his form a lot at Punchestown, which he did.

“It’s great to win another grade 1. It’s a great way to break in his maiden. I don’t know if many horses have broken their maiden in a grade 1 but it’s a great achievement for him.”

The champion trainer, who later had a quadruple, added: “We thought he was a good horse when we bought him. In his penultimate race we got him bought and then he bought him. once again raced on the flat in France and proved he was a serious flat horse, we just had to teach him how to jump and we finally did it.

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Rich Ricci and Paul Townend after Vauban landed the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle

Rich Ricci and Paul Townend after Vauban landed the Grade 1 Spring Juvenile Hurdle

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Rich Ricci, who is investing in young talent to rebuild his once great squad, added: “It was great. It’s great to be back and the horse is good. There’s more to come I think. He’s our best 4-year-old.” “

He may not just be Ricci’s best four-year-old, he may be the best four-year-old of the lot and Townend admitted his first defeat came as a surprise.

The winning jockey said: “He’s a horse we love. I was disappointed to get beaten by him on day one, but maybe we made up for it today.”

You certainly did, Paul. Vauban is a name you will need to remember because we could hear a lot more about him.


Read more reports from Saturday:

Irish Gold Cup: ‘I said he’ll win or quit’ – Elliott rejoices as Conflated shocks Gold Cup rivals

Expert jury: “He was extremely impressive and he is one of the most fluid jumpers of the moment”

Irish Arkle: Blue Lord survives stewards investigation to continue Willie Mullins’ winning streak

Leopardstown: ‘It was a fantastic performance’ – Minella Cocooner cut for Albert Bartlett

Scilly Isles: ‘I gave him a Superman’ – Deutsch delights in freshman with L’Homme Presse

Sandown: Josh Moore takes first success of his comeback and rewards punter’s £75,000 bet


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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 1:49 PM, FEBRUARY 5, 2022

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