Horse Racing

Grand National 2023: Is Constitution Hill set for fences next season?

One of the big takeaway’s from the first day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree Racecourse was just how impressive the almighty Constitution Hill really is.

We all knew that this was a top horse after he bolted up in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last month, and he did nothing to suggest that he’s not a great in the making yesterday.

Grand National Constitution Hill
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Perhaps not the best looking, nor the biggest, Constitution Hill certainly does his talking on the racetrack, which is exactly what he did in the William Hill Aintree Hurdle on Thursday.

Against some strong rivals, most of whom are rated in the high 150’s, Constitution Hill, who is rated 175, cruised to victory, quickening clear from two out without much more than brief nudge from his typically calm and collected rider, who by now is used to having little more than a steering job aboard this outstanding performer.

Constitution Hill is now unbeaten in seven starts over hurdles. He’s won six Grade 1’s and has done so without seemingly getting out of second gear. He really is that good. Realistically, with him being around at a time where there’s not another Grade 1 hurdler to really push him, he lacks competition, which means that his connections face a choice.

So, the big question now will be whether or not to give fences a go? Let’s face it, there’s little competition for him in the hurdling division and that doesn’t seem like it will change any time soon. Of course, there would be nothing wrong with him continuing to dominate races such as the Champion Hurdle. After all, he’s earned the right to do so, but horse racing is largely about competition, and if that’s what those connected to this legend-in-the-making want, then they may have to tackle the larger obstacles next year.

What would you do? Would you stay over hurdles and dominate for a few years to come? Or would you make the move and see where else this incredible horse can go?

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