Rocher triumphs for Williams

Nick Williams plainly has a huge prospect on his hands in impressive Cheltenham winner Le Rocher.

Initially campaigned in France, the 2-1 chance put down a marker by taking the Finale Hurdle at Chepstow and took another forward step by coming well away from Kentucky Hyden and Vicenzo Mio in the JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial.

Williams must now consider the Triumph itself and said: "It's not every owners' cup of tea and these owners ran one in the Triumph and it probably wasn't the right horse.

"I think this one could well be. He's handled the course and won on better ground in France, but no decision has been made."