Champion bid on Cornerstone agenda

Hammond hurdler must have soft ground at Cheltenham.

  • Monday 27 January
  • News
Up to £30 in free bets

Cornerstone Lad will take his chance in the Unibet Champion Hurdle, providing conditions are deemed suitable.

Having won at Catterick and Wetherby in the autumn, the six-year-old provided his trainer Micky Hammond with a first Grade One success – inflicting a shock defeat on dual Champion Hurdle hero Buveur D’Air in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle.

Cornerstone Lad’s winning run came to an end in last week’s The New One Unibet Hurdle at Haydock, but he was far from disgraced in finishing third – beaten less than a length and conceding weight to both the winner Ballyandy and runner-up Pentland Hills.

Hammond said: “He’s taken his race well, and we were delighted with him on the day. I thought it was a good performance, giving away weight to two really good horses.

“If the ground is soft enough we’ll go to Cheltenham. There aren’t many other options, to be fair.

“We’ll probably go chasing with him next season, which will be something to look forward to.”

Cornerstone Lad is a best priced 50-1 for the Champion Hurdle on March 10.

Champion bid on Cornerstone agenda

Cheltenham 15:30, 10 March 2020

Sign up to bet365 using bonus code ATR100
Up to £30 in free bets
Get £20 in free bets
£20 Risk Free First Bet
Up to £30 in free bets
Up to £30 in free bets
Up to £40 in bonus funds
Up to £25 in free bets
£20 Free Exchange Bet
Get a £10 risk-free first bet

Existing User?

Forgot your password?

New User?

Sign up using our simple one-page form and you'll be able to access free video form, tips and exclusive content straight away.