Cyrus Darius bolts up at Aintree
Cyrus Darius made his last run over hurdles a winning one as Malcolm Jefferson’s 8-1 shot fairly bolted up in the Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree on Friday.
The six-year-old had justified odds of 2-7 on his previous run at Hexham and he cruised up to long-time leader Vago Collonges before the last and kicked clear under Brian Hughes to record his third win from three over timber.
Jefferson only decided the day before to go for the race and said: “I looked at what was going to run. I thought there was always a chance that the best horse in the race didn’t run to his form, and then the rest of them were much of a muchness really on ratings. So I rang Brian and he was sort of on the go to Perth and I said, ‘Ah, bugger it’, as this was his last run anyhow. He’s going to grass now so I thought we’d take our chance’.
“We’ll just leave him at grass and see what next season brings. He’s just a lovely big horse who travels really well. I’d love to have a good two-mile chaser and he could be the one. He’s very nimble for a big horse and we’ve schooled him over fences.”
Skybet quoted him at 14-1 for next year’s Arkle Chase with Betfair going 16-1. Paddy Power went biggest at 20-1 with StanJames shortest at 10-1.
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