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Early entry for Elgin

Early entry for Elgin

08 January 2020

Elgin's impending return to the racecourse gathered momentum this week when he was given an early entry in one of Jump racing's most valuable and prestigious handicap hurdles, the Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury.

After incurring an injury in 2018, Elgin's recovery and return to training over the course of the last year has been welcome news to all Club Members, and all the more poignant following the passing of his dam and Club broodmare, China Tea, in the autumn.

The winner of the Grade 3 Greatwood Hurdle and Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle, Elgin is, according to official ratings, Elite Racing Club's best homebred hurdler to date. His current mark of 158 puts him above the peak rating achieved in Club colours by the Grade 1 Triumph Hurdle winner Penzance (151) and, if heading to Newbury, he would be bidding to emulate the gutsy mare Mysilv, who provided the Club with its first major success when winning the Betfair Hurdle in its previous incarnation, the Tote Gold Trophy, in 1995.

The Betfair Hurdle is one of several options that trainer Alan King is considering for Elgin's seasonal debut, with a possible return in the Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle also mooted.

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