Oscar Whisky Aiming For Third Straight Aintree Hurdle Title
Trainer Nicky Henderson is confident that Oscar Whisky can bounce back from his disappointing 2013 Cheltenham Festival performance to win his third straight Aintree Hurdle during the Grand National Festival on April 4th.
Oscar Whisky started the 2013 World Hurdle as the favourite but was pulled up after struggling well out from the finish.
Henderson said a lack of stamina wasn’t too blame for the eight-year-olds poor performance and he is in good shape as he attempts to join Monksfield, Morley Street and Al Eile as three time winners of the Aintree Hurdle.
“He was lame the day after the World Hurdle but fine the day after that,” Henderson said.
“That (a lack of stamina) was not the problem.
“He is fine now and I’ll discuss it with [owner] Dai Walters this week but I’d be hopeful of getting him there.”
Walters was even more confident that the son of Oscar would claim another Aintree Hurdle crown and said it would likely be his last ever race over hurdles.
“He’s in good shape to win the Aintree Hurdle for a third time,” Walters said.
“It’ll be his last run before he goes chasing.”
Oscar Whisky has scored ten wins in sixteen starts over hurdles for £398,465 in career earnings.
The gelding has been an Aintree Hurdle specialist, with his only Grade 1 victories coming in the race, but he has also claimed victory in the Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle on two occasions as well as the Coral Hurdle.
Oscar Whisky has never tasted success at the Cheltenham Festival but finished a strong third behind Hurricane Fly in the 2011 Champion Hurdle and was an unlucky fifth behind the great Big Buck’s in the 2012 World Hurdle.
Oscar Whisky (3/1) is currently on top of the 2013 Aintree Hurdle betting market at Paddy Power, followed by Zarkandar (3/1) and The New One (10/3).
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