NICK GIFFORD is hoping to carry on a family tradition with crack novice Didtheyleaveuoutto.
His dad Josh rode the winner of Newbury’s Betfair Hurdle four times in the 1960s and also trained Deep Sensation to land Britain’s richest handicap hurdle.
Next month’s £155,000 contest is now on Gifford’s radar but the ground will have to be right for him to risk stable star.
He won two bumpers last season before finishing in midfield on ground far softer than he cares for at the Cheltenham Festival. JP McManus’ six-year-old kicked off this season with hurdles wins,at Fakenham and Ascot but he was disappointing when fifth of six on easy ground at Kempton on Boxing Day.
Gifford said: “I couldn’t be happier with him and it appears he’s got a nice weight.
“I would love to run him and it would tell us more come the spring which direction we should be heading in.
“It’s a lovely race for him. There will be plenty of pace, going left-handed will suit him slightly better and it would be a fantastic race to be involved with. I wasn’t born when Dad rode his winners, but I do remember Deep Sensation winning it.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a runner in the Betfair Hurdle so it would be lovely to go there with a squeak if the ground allows us to do that. If the weather stays like this we will probably run him.”
Gifford is based at Findon in West Sussex at the same stables his dad trained Aldaniti to win the Grand National in one of the great sporting stories.
He is enjoying a fine season and hit double figures for the season when Belargus struck at Ascot on Saturday.
He added: “Didtheyleaveuoutto is still unexposed. He was a little bit disappointing at Kempton, make no mistake, but he didn’t quite like the ground.
“Trying to give 5lbs to Mister Fisher, who has come out and won again, could have proved to have been an impossible task. I’m hoping he was a bit flat and that we’re better than that.”
Didtheyleaveuoutto is 10-1 third favourite with Betfair behind 5-1 favourite Al Dancer and 6-1 hot Getaway Trump.