5-year-old James du Berlais (Muhtathir) will start for the first time outside France in one of the most competitive races of the 2021 Festival, the Champion Hurdle (Gr1). Robert Collet formerly trained him at Chantilly. In June last year, he was purchased privately by Simon Munir & Isaac Souede after a commanding success at Auteuil in a handicap. For the famous #DoubleGreen silks, the Jean-Marc Lucas-bred (the “Berlais” label) chestnut went on to win two Gr3s after that and was 2nd in both the Auteuil 4yo Hurdling championships of 2020.
Now trained by Willie Mullins in Ireland, this fast jumper has never run on such a short distance (2m1/2f).