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Silver Streak will take the direct route to Champion Hurdle |  Race news

Evan Williams will keep Silver Streak fresh and lead the Grade 1 winning gray straight to the Champion Hurdle Unibet.

After securing his first top-level win on Boxing Day with the surprise scalp of defending champion Epatante in the Christmas Hurdle – adopting top-tier tactics for the first time – Silver Streak has become a real contender at Cheltenham.

However, Williams admits that his luck depends almost entirely on the pitch – none of his eight career wins have come from anything worse than good to soft.

“He deserved it, he tries every time and is very hard on himself,” said Williams, who explained that he and jockey Adam Wedge decided to change tactics at Kempton after a long discussion.

“We talked and talked, and kept going through the race,” he said.

“The quintessential fool is someone who keeps doing the same thing and expects a different outcome.

“We just thought we had to try something different – and luckily it all worked.

“It’ll be straight to the Champion Hurdle now, and we’re hoping for a dry spring – because he’s a different horse on this ground.”

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