Lee hails Sole Pretender ahead of Galway outing

25 July 2021 02:00:08 GMTPlus10

Norman Lee has Sole Pretender "in the form of his life" ahead of another tilt at the Galway Hurdle on Thursday.

Sole Pretender was at the head of the weights when fifth in the valuable race two years ago and he is 15.00 to claim the spoils in the Grade A handicap hurdle over two miles next week.

The seven-year-old, officially rated 150, has won six of his 10 starts over hurdles. He finished fifth of 14 in the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle won by Klassical Dream at the Punchestown festival, but took his form to new heights when winning the Grade 3 Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary at the start of the month.

It's all systems go for Thursday.

Norman Lee

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He then beat Darasso by two lengths but has been left on the same mark by the handicapper, and Lee is looking forward to the next outing.

"It's all systems go for Thursday," said Lee. "He did his last piece of work this morning [Saturday] and it went great. We brought him to the Curragh on Tuesday and everything went the way we wanted as well so we couldn't be happier with him. He's in the form of his life and hopefully he stays that way until Thursday.

"He's the best horse we've ever had by a long way and I think he's better now than he was two years ago when he was fifth in it. He's much stronger now and his Grimes Hurdle win at Tipperary was as impressive as he's ever been. We actually thought he was a little short going into there so there could be more improvement to come."

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