Ruby Walsh would keep Constitution Hill over hurdles if he owned the superstar horse.
The six-year-old gelding delivered another sensational performance to land the Champion Hurdle in easy fashion at the 2023 Cheltenham Festival and attention has already turned to next season.
He could be sent over fences as connections have indicated a long-term dream to follow in the hooves of Dawn Run and add the Gold Cup to his CV, although farming the Champion Hurdle is the most straightforward option.
Speaking on the Cheltenham Review episode of our From The Horse’s Mouth podcast, former jockey-turned-pundit Ruby and ace tipster Rory Delargy discussed their hopes for Constitution Hill’s future in the game.
“He’s just spectacular.
“I would be thinking you have the best horse in a pretty big division. I would be thinking of the future. That would be me in a greedy sense looking at it.
“Whatever they decide to do, the best of luck to them.
“If he was mine he’d be staying hurdling, but that’s probably unambitious.”
“Michael Buckley wants to think about legacy and having a horse that will be remembered forever.
“He had a really good horse called The Proclamation with Nicky Henderson that they thought could win everything, but sadly he picked up a fatal injury in a novice chase at Ascot.
“Constitution Hill has come along and eclipsed that. He’d love the Gold Cup down the line and if they are thinking that he’d like to make a big jump forward rather than going through a novice season over fences. It would be a waste of time spending a year in novice chases for him, which is why I think it’s not going to happen.
“What really scares me is the Flat talk!”
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