Paul Nicholls has revealed that the Champion Hurdle rather than the Grand National is the race that has eluded him but that he really wants to win.
Speaking on his betting.betfair.com column, Nicholls added that he believed that collectively his stable has the best set of hurdlers that he has ever had.
The trainer remarked: "Triumph Hurdle winner Zarkandar remains my number one for the Champion Hurdle but I am in no rush with him, and it wouldn't concern me in the slightest if we waited and went straight to the Kingwell at Wincanton in February. He got cast in his box a while ago and knocked his hind shin bone, but he is fine now.
"Greatwood Hurdle winner Brampour has obviously improved greatly for his breathing operation and Rock On Ruby was clearly highly impressive, far more than I could ever have hoped, in giving 24lb and a six length beating to Empire Levant on Saturday.
Brampour is thought likely to head for the Bula at Cheltenham for his next start with Rock On Ruby a possible for the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton.