Scholfield reveals Irving Cheltenham belief
Jockey Nick Scholfield seems to have absolutely no doubt about 5/2 Supreme Novice Hurdle favourite Irving's ability to win the Cheltenham Festival's opening event.
And there will be few who will not be holding the same view after the way the Paul Nicholls-trained horse ran away from the field in Saturday's Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle.
He trounced his rivals by five lengths in a hack canter going up perhaps one gear to make sure of things close to the post.
Scholfield does not think Cheltenham - and the nature of the race - will pose any problems.
"It's run at a breakneck pace which will suit him because he can be a bit keen in his races,” he said.
"He's won every race in the same way and we have no doubts about his stamina because he's won over one-mile-five-furlongs on the Flat."
Scholfield gives the impression this is a horse that has the lot and commented that his form is very solid.
Irving has also won with the ground on the soft side and will be seen to even better effect on the likely livelier ground next month.
Scholfield added: "He's doing everything really good at home and I'm sure he can take advantage of all the conditions he's likely to find."