Gordon Elliott has high hopes for Vision D’Honneur after he romped home to win the Sportinglife.com Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown.
The pressure was on slightly after he finished fourth behind Klassical Dream on his hurdling debut over Christmas at Leopardstown, where he had been expected to win.
He made no mistake at the weekend to finish four-and-a-half lengths clear of Willie Mullins’ Elixir D’Ainay under Jack Kennedy and Elliot was pleased with his efforts and sees a big future ahead.
He’s a nice horse. We think a lot of him, we think he’s a very smart horse,
Elliott told Sky.
In Leopardstown he didn’t do anything wrong, only got beat. He was just green and jumped big. It might have been a blessing in disguise that he got beat that day.
Jack came in and said he was still green and said he’s going to come on a lot from the run today.
He’s a horse that does everything very easy at home, so he’ll be OK hopefully.
He’ll probably go to Leopardstown [Dublin Festival] now for something and he’s a horse that could step out in trip as well, he’s not just a two-miler, because he’s so relaxed and has a great attitude.