Denmead (Champs Elysees) winning a novice hurdles at Hungtingdon

Denmead wins by 14 lengths on hurdling debut for Champs Elysees

Four-time Flat winner Denmead (5g Champs Elysees-Glorious Dreams, by Honour And Glory) looks a smart jumping prospect after making a winning hurdling debut at Huntingdon on Tuesday.

Now trained by Dan Skelton for owner-breeders John O’Donnell and Noel Kelly, the Champs Elysees gelding powered clear of his rivals to win by 14 lengths (pictured).

The Racing Post commented that “Denmead looked a little bit like near-namesake Denman the way he pulverised the opposition by 14 lengths” and Skelton admitted the victory was not unexpected.

“He’s jumped very nicely from the start at home and that was no surprise,” said the trainer. “We’ll give him another go in one of these before we think about a graded race and we may go up in trip in time.

“I’m pleased for the owners, who are new to me, and are involved for the long haul.”

Champs Elysees was also on the mark in France on Wednesday when three-year-old hurdling debutant Iskandar (3c Champs Elysees-Intarsia, by Pentire) won the Prix Architracks under Jacques Ricou at Fontainebleau.

Trainer Mickael Seror commented: “I hold him in high regard and he jumped very well. He is still learning but to do that he needs to run. I came here because I wanted to find him a quicker course than Auteuil for his debut.”