The year 2020 has been difficult in many ways, but that hasn’t stopped David Cottin’s from enjoying an extremely successful season.
Only in his third season training, Cottin bagged his first Cheltenham festival winner when Easysland lifted the Glenfarclas Cross Counry Chase from favourite Tiger Roll and he has just celebrated a Grade 1 victory at Auteuil when the very exciting Le Berry lifted the Prix Maurice Gillois, the Grand Steeple-Chase for four-year-olds.
He is also getting close to recording his 100th winner of the season and his stable has grown from 90 to nearly 130 horses since last year.
“Yes, I had a very good season,” confirms David Cottin. “And it is not over yet. I still have a couple of runners on the 29th of November, the final big jumps meeing at Auteuil and then it’s all about Pau, where I am taking up to 50 horses.”
While the JP McManus owned Easysland is not on the list of those that spend the winter in Pau, he could still travel down for a day before trying to defend his title at Cheltenham.
Here, David Cottin tells Liz Price of attheraces.com about his hopes for the final big jumps meeting at Auteuil, his runners at Pau and the horses he would like to see compete at the Cheltenham Festival.