Champ taken out of Gold Cup

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Nicky Henderson’s Champ has been taken out of the Boodles Gold Cup. Champ won the 2020 RSA Chase in 2020 and it has been decided to put him in the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle this year.
The 10 year old ran in last year’s Gold Cup but pulled up with a back issue. This season it has recorded success in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot. He ran second behind Paisley Park in the Cleeve Hurdle.
Henderson said: “I think it just looked the obvious thing to do, he’s got to stay over hurdles now. We’ve got Chantry House for the Gold Cup, we’re very happy with him. We all had a talk about it and the Stayers’ Hurdle just looks the right race for Champ.”