Nicky Henderson Stable Tour 2019/20

The season may revolve around how the mighty Altior – unbeaten in his last 19 – fares stepping up in trip, but Seven Barrows is no one-horse operation and Buveur D’Air is back on track for a third Unibet Champion Hurdle, while trainer Nicky Henderson has thrown the kitchen sink at revitalising Might Bite.

A customary clutch of promising youngsters could produce the next Sprinter Sacre or Altior and they could fire in bumpers as a host were ready in the spring, only to be held up by the dry weather, while the novice chase department has the 68-year-old purring.

“I’ve been at this for 41 years and still love it,” Henderson said. “If you didn’t enjoy training this bunch of horses there’d be something wrong with you.”


Race in focus

We’ve been lucky in the Champion Hurdle, winning it seven times, and we could have a strong three-pronged attack with Buveur D’Air, Pentland Hills and Fusil Raffles, although the latter two are four-year-olds, who tend to find their second season more difficult. We’ll see, and there’s also Verdana Blue, although it’s unlikely she’ll get her favoured ground on the first day of the festival.

Rival to watch

I’ll be fascinated to see how Interconnected, who was here last season, gets on. I desperately wanted him back from the sales but it was a vast amount of money.

Two for the Tracker

Shishkin and Chantry House would be among our brightest novice hurdlers.


Stable profile

Yard Seven Barrows
Where Lambourn, Berkshire
Started training 1978
Horses in yard 148
Members of staff 56
Second in command Charlie Morlock
Head lad Juergen Werthenbach
Assistant trainers James Standen, Katie Croft, Billy Aprahamian
Travelling head lads/lasses Richard Nicholas, Sarah Shreeve, Jack Findlater
Jockeys Nico de Boinville, Jerry McGrath, James Bowen
Conditionals Joe Anderson, Alfie Jordan
PA Carolyn Harty
Accounts manager Susanna Wyatt
Stable sponsor Unibet
Twitter @sevenbarrows


Winners in Britain 

2018-19 141
2017-18 141
2016-17 154
2015-16 81

Profit/loss to £1 stake

2018-19 -14.75
2017-18 -76.49
2016-17 -113.50
2015-16 -101.03


Prize-money 2018-19

£2,908,080


Adjali
Four-year-old gelding 
Kamsin (sire) – Anabasis (dam)
Owner: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
Form figures: 12374-6
Racing Post Rating: 139h Official rating 141h
Ran a good race at Ascot on Saturday and I think he’ll come on for it, but he’ll have his wind done this week. Good 2m handicap hurdles will then be on his agenda.

Allart
4g Shantou – The Adare Woman
R A Bartlett
3-F
RPR 112b

Fell at Ascot on Saturday but was unlucky as another horse jumped into his path and his feet went – it wasn’t his fault. He’ll run in another novice hurdle but went the whole way round at Ascot, which was annoying as if they pull up you can usually run them the following week, but he’s sort of had a race.


Star quality

Altior
9g High Chaparral – Monte Solaro
Patricia Pugh
1/11111-
RPR 183c OR 175c

There’s not much more I can say, apart from I’m grateful he maintained his winning run, beating Big Buck’s for the longest sequence. He wants further than 2m now – Nico and I think that – and the best route to the King George looks like Ascot’s 1965 Chase this month. I’d love to go for the Tingle Creek but I’m sure it’s wrong if we want to teach him to settle in the King George to start in that. We did recauterise his palate this summer but it was purely precautionary. He’ll have to stay in the King George because there’s no let-up around Kempton and no chance for a breather, but we’ll see how he gets on at Ascot first.

Altior stretches his legs under Joe Anderson –
Edward Whitaker / racingpost.com/photos

Angels Breath
5g Shantou – Mystic Masie
Walters Plant Hire & Ronnie Bartlett
1273-
RPR 148h OR 146h

Impressive when winning a Grade 2 at Ascot but didn’t enjoy a smooth run around the time of the equine flu outbreak. He’s a lovely prospect for chasing and will start soon, probably over 2m4f.

Apple’s Shakira
5m Saddler Maker – Apple’s For Ever
JP McManus
1143/P6-
RPR 142h OR 141h

A good mare who enjoyed a fine juvenile campaign, but things didn’t go her way last season and I hope she can get back on track.

Arcadian Pearl
4g Arcadio – Grangeclare Pearl
Biddestone Racing XVII
Unraced

Handsome sort who didn’t make it to the track last term but we liked what we saw and hopefully he can get going soon.

Arturus
4g Camelot – Scandisk
J Turner
Unraced

A half-brother to Hurricane Fly and you won’t find a better-looking horse. Benefited enormously from being put away and I hope he’s as good as he looks. Could start in a bumper, but he’s exciting whatever we decide.

At Poets Cross
3g Yeats – At The Pound Cross
HP Racing At Poets Cross
Unraced

An eyecatching and athletic youngster from the family of At Fishers Cross, he shouldn’t take too long.

Baiser Interdit
4f No Risk At All – Kan Ah Loar
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
2-14
RPR 114h OR 120h
Form of her Sedgefield win looks solid but you can forget her last run at Ffos Las as she came back sick. Has had a nice summer and should be one to note in mares’ novice hurdles.

Balmuick
3g So You Think – Full Of Love
Thomas Barr
Unraced

A taking, big individual, who has a Flat pedigree but jumping will be his game and he has the size and scope for chasing one day.

Barbados Blue
5m Getaway – Buck’s Blue
Crimbourne Bloodstock
122-1
RPR 125h OR 119h

May have found Taunton too sharp in April but an easy winner at Kempton the following month, which means she’s a novice for this season and I’ll be disappointed if she isn’t up to Listed level.

Before Midnight
6g Midnight Legend – Lady Samantha
Walters Plant Hire & Potter Group
2U2102-
RPR 128h OR 128h

A dependable decent-ground performer, he disappointed in the EBF Final but returned to form with a second at Ayr and it won’t be long before he’s chasing.

Beware The Bear
9g Shantou – Native Bid
G B Barlow
4P/411P-
RPR 161c OR 158c

Hadn’t fulfilled expectations, but made all at Cheltenham in January before landing the Ultima at the festival under a brilliant ride from Jerry McGrath. Missed the Scottish National because of quick ground and things didn’t work out in the bet365 Gold Cup, but he’ll be aimed at all the top staying handicap chases, including the Grand National. He’s in the Ladbrokes Trophy too.

Beyondthestorm6g Flemensfirth – Blue Gale
Cheveley Park Stud
6-
RPR 104h

Needs soft ground but I’m confident he can become a top-class staying novice chaser, although he might start over hurdles. He’s going nicely.

The sun shining on Nicky Henderson’s Seven Barrows slopes –
Edward Whitaker / racingpost.com/photos

Birchdale
5g Jeremy – Onewayortheother
JP McManus
11P-
RPR 147h OR 146h

A gorgeous and exciting type who won a Grade 2 at Cheltenham, but I got things wrong at the festival moving him up to 3m in the Albert Bartlett where he didn’t stay, although we had Champ for the Ballymore. Birchdale goes chasing and could easily scale the heights.

Blairgowire
3g Yeats – Gaye Preskina
Thomas Barr
Unraced

An imposing individual who is a fluent mover and was great to break in. He’s cantered beautifully and might take time, but is exciting.

Bold Record
5g Fame And Glory – Shop Dj
Robert Kirkland
3136P
RPR 119h OR 119h

An encouraging winner at Uttoxeter in June and a horse I think is better than a summer jumper.

Bond’s Lover
5m Flemensfirth – Courageuse
Mrs Christopher Hanbury
4-
RPR 66p
Closely related to Captain Conan, a good friend for us a few years ago whom Corky [Browne] loved, she’s nice, so fingers crossed can uphold family honour.

Bothwell Bridge
4g Stowaway – Raise The Issue
Thomas Barr
Unraced

Big, so couldn’t run in the spring, but we liked him and we’re looking forward to the winter. May start over hurdles, but screams chaser

Brain Power
8g Kalanisi – Blonde Ambition
Michael Buckley
F/41PP-1
RPR 162h OR 152h

Won the American Grand National – my first National of any sort although it was more of a hurdle race – recently, but it was heartbreaking what happened to Wicklow Brave and no-one wants to win like that. The gloss was taken off, but Brain Power ran well and will be out soon if it doesn’t rain much. He’ll go back to America at some stage, but before then the Greatwood and International are options.

Brave Eagle
7g Yeats – Sinful Pleasure
Robert Kirkland
2113-11
RPR 162c OR 158c

Amazingly consistent and genuine, he adores quick ground and produced a career-best winning Uttoxeter’s Summer Cup, although that meant his mark was too high for any other summer heats, so we’ll look at grown-up races, probably the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury.

Burbank
7g Yeats – Spring Swoon
Trevor Hemmings
79/204-1
RPR 137c OR 136c

I’ve always thought a lot of him and he got off the mark over fences in May, leaving him a novice this term. I’m confident he can continue his upward curve as a staying chaser.

Burrows Edge
6g Martaline – La Vie De Boitron
Michael Buckley
1126/23-
RPR 133h OR 132h

Progressive as a novice hurdler, he ran two solid races at Kempton before we had to draw stumps with bone bruising when we anticipated a productive spring. Should make a classy novice chaser.

Buttsbury Lady
4f Great Pretender – Ceilidh Royal
Mrs Rita Brown
Unraced

Promising arrival from a family I know better than the back of my hand, so hopefully she can follow her siblings.


Star quality

Buveur D’Air
8g Crillon – History
JP McManus
121F2-1
RPR 173h OR 167h

Started brilliantly last season with a second impressive win in the Fighting Fifth and lost little against Verdana Blue in what was a home fixture for her in Kempton’s Christmas Hurdle. He fell in the Champion and was second to Supasundae at Aintree, but was back to his best at Punchestown and I’d like to think he’s the one to beat in the Champion, which is the only race we’re thinking about. He’s in really good form, looks quite forward and goes back to Newcastle.


Buzz
5g Motivator – Tiysha
Thurloe Thoroughbreds
52-7363
RPR 101f OR 96f

It’s very nice Thurloe are back in the camp as we’ve had some great success together. This fella has gone to Henrietta Knight’s to learn how to jump and is a nice horse who looks the part.

Call Me Lord
6g Slickly – Sosa
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
1321/73-
RPR 164h OR 160h

Possibly wasn’t quite ready for the Long Walk last term, although he ran a big race when third in the Imperial Cup. He sustained an injury that day, but it wasn’t severe and he’s going well. Stays hurdling.

Captain Woodie 
7g Presenting – Lasado
Middleham Park Racing LXXX
141/7-7
RPR 120h

I’ve always liked him but he’s been injury prone. He ran at Huntingdon on Sunday and it was a nice enough effort. Hopefully he can build on that to repay his enthusiastic owners.

Caribean Boy
5g Myboycharlie – Caribena
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
515692/
RPR 125h

Arrived with some decent French form last year, but had problems. Chasing is the plan as he’s a big bruiser.

Casablanca Mix
7m Shirocco – Latitude
Evan-Robert Hanbury
2930-11
RPR 154c OR 143c

A star who won at Aintree before excelling in the Summer Plate at Market Rasen. Unsurprisingly, that propelled her rating into the stratosphere, so we’re going to look further up the ladder. Loves fast ground and is in the BetVictor Gold Cup.

Cascova
4g Casamento – Sina Cova
Chelsea Thoroughbreds
120-
RPR 110b

A very nice bumper horse for Martyn Meade last season and he’s been jumping great – thanks to Henrietta Knight. We’ve high ambitions for novice hurdling.


Star quality

Champ is a smart prospect for novice chasing –
Edward Whitaker / racingpost.com/photos

Champ
7g King’s Theatre – China Sky
John P McManus
111121-
RPR 153h OR 152h
Starting to live up to his name, including when winning the Challow, and the only time he was beaten last season was trainer error when he was a gallant second in the Ballymore at Cheltenham. Proved he stayed 3m at Aintree and has summered incredibly well, so we’re looking forward to chasing. He schooled well at Chepstow on Tuesday and Barry [Geraghty] thought he was pretty forward so I’m going to start looking for a race over 2m4f.


Champagne Mystery
5g Shantou – Spanker
Trevor Hemmings
O222-
RPR 125h OR 129h

Too keen last season and remains a novice over hurdles, but jumps fences beautifully at home. I think 2m is his trip and he’ll settle at that pace.

Champagne Platinum
5g Stowaway – Saffron Holly
John P McManus
11-5
RPR 132h OR 138h

Impressive in his first two starts for us, he looked our best Supreme chance, but missed out with a foot issue and his fifth in a Grade 1 at Punchestown is no reflection of his ability. A forward horse, he’s a mouthwatering prospect for chasing.

Chantry House
5g Yeats – The Last Bank
JP McManus
1-
RPR 121b

Smart on debut at Warwick, but had a problem so took an early bath. A big horse of the highest calibre, he excites me for hurdling and we love him.

Chasamax
4g Jeremy – Peratus
International Plywood (Importers) Ltd
3
RPR 101b

A pleasing third at Worcester, he could go far as a novice hurdler, although might want further than 2m.

Chemin De Fer
5g Yeats – Tinagoodnight
Mr & Mrs R Kelvin Hughes
Unraced

A lovely gelding who had a good education with Polly Gundry, he’s big – like his half-brother Santini – so let’s hope he’s as good.

Chives
5g Sulamani – Ceilidh Royal
Mrs Rita Brown
Unraced

Backward in the spring, but is much stronger and I hope this attractive youngster is ready for a run soon.

Claimantakinforgan
7g Great Pretender – Taquine D’Estrees
Lady Dulverton
1352/13-
RPR 150c OR 151c

Has always been high class but was injured after finishing third to Lalor in a Grade 2 last year and has been off for 12 months. Hopefully he can build on his promise and I’m thrilled with how he’s going.

Clarendon Street
6g Court Cave – Carrigeen Kalmia
Owners Group 028
4/215-
RPR 127h OR 129h

Second to Birchdale before an easy Wetherby win, he wasn’t beaten far at Marken Rasen, but the track might not have suited. Had an issue so is not ready, but he’s worth noting when he returns.

Colonial Dreams
7g Westerner – Dochas Supreme
C N Barnes
1/26251-
RPR 138h OR 138h

A genuine sort, who ran some crackers last season, he should make a chaser, but hasn’t found schooling easy, so maybe we’ll stay hurdling.

Corrany
5g Court Cave – Time For An Audit
Trevor Hemmings
37-39
RPR 92h

I was disappointed with his display at Aintree recently as he had schooled well at home. I couldn’t believe how green he was, but he does suffer with sore shins – although not that sore!

Countister
7m Smadoun – Tistairly
JP McManus
2115/30-
RPR 138h OR 141h

A fine third in the County Hurdle and had done enough when beaten at Fairyhouse, she looks spectacular after a summer at JP’s Martinstown Stud and can hopefully go on.

Craigneiche
5g Flemensfirth – Itsalark
Robert Kirkland
1
RPR 108b

A good-looking type, he won nicely at Market Rasen despite being green and could be an exciting novice hurdler; has bags of scope and is going great.

Dame De Compagnie
6m Lucarno – Programmee
JP McManus
22/1521/
RPR 130h OR 134h

Gorgeous and boasts some useful novice hurdles form, but missed last season. I’m delighted with how she’s training and we’ve schooled her over fences, so she could switch, but I quite like her hurdle mark.

Daphne Du Clos
6m Spanish Moon – Katarina Du Clos
Sullivan Bloodstock Limited
121/5-
RPR 111h OR –
We thought she’d be one for the Champion Bumper in 2017, but problems have held her up. She’s still a high-class mare if she’ll stand up to everything.

Diablo De Rouhet
6g Great Pretender – Querelle D’Estruval
Business Moves Group And David White
0/32-121
RPR 145c OR 142c

Progressive and produced a good performance at Uttoxeter the other day, so we’re being forced to look at smarter races and he’s in the Ladbrokes Trophy.

Diamond River
4g Imperial Monarch – River Clyde
Jockey Club Ownership (SW2018)
Unraced

Among our most promising for bumpers in the spring, but had a hiccup. He’s very nice and is pleasing us.

Dickie Diver
6g Gold Well – Merry Excuse
JP McManus
214-
RPR 145h OR 141h

Had a good novice hurdle campaign and we’ll look for a novice chase on soft ground, which he loves; an exciting prospect.

Divine Spear
8g Oscar – Testaway
Middleham Park Racing LXII
112/P0F-
RPR 142c OR 135c

Big and talented, but hasn’t had much luck and is quite high in the handicap. Not slow, he’ll run in the same sort of races and looks great.

Docte Dina
5m Doctor Dino – Artofmen
Walters Plant Hire & Potter Group
5-1
RPR 99b

A likeable mare who won nicely at Southwell in the summer and her novice hurdling campaign could be fruitful.

Downtown Getaway and Lily Harris in a picturesque shot –
Edward Whitaker / racingpost.com/photos

Downtown Getaway
6g Getaway – Shang A Lang
T F P
1/217-
RPR 132h OR 131h

Always promised to be decent but has had niggly problems. He’s going well and has schooled over fences, while soft ground suits.

Dragon D’Estruval
6g Enrique – Rose D’Estruval
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
8/1730-3
RPR 143c OR 141c

Useful Auteuil-winning chaser who disappointed over hurdles after winning his first start for us. Cut in the ground suits and the Becher Chase could appeal.

Dream Du Grand Val
6g Puit D’Or – Apple Mille
Trevor Hemmings
3/61180-
RPR 137h OR 135h

A fine, scopey sort who won twice hurdles and is going particularly nicely having strengthened up a lot since last season. He goes chasing.

Du Destin
6g Fuisse – Parenthese
Middleham Park Racing V
07/2-PB0
RPR 107h OR 100h

Was disappointing at Wincanton last month and will have to step up a bit.

El Kaldoun
5g Special Kaldoun
Middleham Park Racing CIV
1476-
RPR 117h

Won a Lingfield bumper despite the track and is coming along well. Stays hurdling.

Elusive Belle
5m Elusive Pimpernel – Soviet Belle
Robert Waley-Cohen
321201-
RPR 135h OR 134h

Showed plenty last season and we’ve been schooling her over fences – she’s very good – but she might just win a good handicap hurdle before chasing. It will also settle her down as she’s quite gassy.

Epatante
5m No Risk At All – Kadjara
JP McManus
211/119-
RPR 132h OR 137h

This lovely looker didn’t show up at Cheltenham, but might have been affected by the pre-festival flu jabs and has grown and strengthened enormously over the summer. Training nicely and will be aimed at smart handicap hurdles.

Falco Blitz
5g Falco – Ignited
Axom LXXVII
P222-1
RPR 128h OR 128h

Did it well at Fakenham last week and deserved to win a race like that. I’m waiting to see what the handicapper does on Tuesday, but he can’t give him more than 7lb so he’s unlikely to run at Newbury on Thursday.

Farouk De Cheneau
4g Day Flight – Kardamone
Owners Group 049
271

A winner of an AQPS bumper in France, which has been a good source for us, he should be hurdling later in the year.

Father John
4g Secret Singer – Oudette
Middleham Park Racing Xi
1
RPR 104b

Scopey sort who took time but won a bumper at Hexham. Didn’t summer that well and returned late, so won’t be the earliest, but he’s seriously nice.

Felony 
4g Getaway – Sparkling Gem
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Getaway
0

He was below par in Ascot’s bumper on Saturday. He hung off the track and I don’t know why – nothing came to light on Sunday morning. Hopefully we can put a line through that because I think he’s a nice horse.

Fix Sun
4g Al Namix – Quelly Bruere
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
1
RPR 115h

A convincing winner at Sedgefield in the spring, he should improve for the summer on his back.

Floressa
4f Poliglote – Dona Rex
Just Four Men
12-1
RPR 124h

Very impressive at Worcester last month – as we expected – and she might go to Newbury on Thursday or we’ll wait for a Listed race.

Follow The Bear
7g King’s Theatre – Mrs Dempsey
G B Barlow
F3-1112
RPR 132c OR 135c

Likeable and consistent, he wants better ground and came alive in the spring, winning three as his work and jumping improved. He has a nice future and might run again before a break.

Fox’s Socks
4g Crillon – Queva De Sarti
Mr J Palmer-Brown
Unraced

Coming along nicely for a bumper last term, but had a setback, although the time off has allowed him to grow into a gorgeous individual. Could start in a bumper.

France De Reve and Lewis Morgan enjoy a quiet moment –
Edward Whitaker / racingpost.com/photos

France De Reve 
4f Lord Du Sud – Kyrielle De Reve
JP McManus
1-7

Disappointing at Uttoxeter on Friday. She’d jumped brilliantly at home but didn’t last week, although we’ll run her on better ground next time.

Fraser Island
3g Australia – Ponty Acclaim
A D Spence
525455
RPR 85f OR 74f

Consistent on the Flat for Mark Johnston and stayed well, he’s at Henrietta Knight’s learning to jump and her reports are encouraging.

Fred
4g Cokoriko – Veribelle
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
22-3
RPR 119h OR 132h

Boasts some valid Auteuil form and I thought his British debut at Cheltenham was more than satisfactory, and he’ll come on loads for it.

French Crusader
6g Kapgarde – Largesse
Robert Kirkland
152/121-
RPR 137h OR 135h

A horse we thought would go a long way, but after he won at Newbury last year he got tricky and spent time with Gary Witheford. He’s going nicely now and will jump fences, but maybe not at the moment.

Fructine
4f Saint Des Saints – Platine
JP McManus
1-

A smashing filly who came to us last year but couldn’t run after a problem. Hopefully it won’t be long before we see her in handicap hurdles.

Fugitives Drift
4g Yeats – Shebeganit
HP Racing Fugitives Drift
3-
RPR 106b

Promising third at Newbury in the spring and has done incredibly well over the summer. He’s shaping up super and jumps well, so goes hurdling.

Fusil Raffles
4g Saint Des Saints – Tali Des Obeaux
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
121-1
RPR 147h OR 152h

Wasn’t healthy for most of the winter and I was surprised with the ease of his Adonis victory, but a bad cut ruled him out of Cheltenham. His lass Sarah Shreeve’s sterling efforts helped get him to Punchestown and he won there under a marvellous Daryl Jacob ride. He’s more to offer, is coming along nicely and we’ll see if he’s ready for the Elite Hurdle on Saturday.

Galan Des Planches
3g Crillon – Quaty Des Planches
The Ten From Seven
Unraced

A classy youngster whom everyone has been complimentary about, he is from a good family and could be one of our earlier types.

Giants Table
4g Great Pretender – Bold Fire
Lady Bamford
1-
RPR 92p

An exciting chaser of the future, he was impressive in his point and could go straight over hurdles; one to note.

Global Society
4g Shirocco – Oligarch Society
Mr J Lightfoot
222
RPR 99b

A recent arrival with solid Irish bumper form who is starting to look very well. Goes hurdling.

Glynn
5g Winged Love – Barnish River
Owners Group 039
1-
RPR 90p

He schools well, while he’s an entertaining character – but also a likeable one. I’m delighted with what I’ve seen.

Jockey Nico de Boinville gathers his gear at Seven Barrows –
Edward Whitaker / racingpost.com/photos

Gold Present
9g Presenting – Ouro Preto
Mr And Mrs J D Cotton
PP/39F2-
RPR 158c OR 152c

A handsome, wonderful jumper who is very good on his day, but doesn’t always run the same race. I’m not convinced he’s an out-and-out stayer, but hope he has a big race in him and he’s in the BetVictor.

Gran Luna
3f Spanish Moon – Coppena
Surrey Racing Club
Unraced

A robust filly who was great to break, is very willing and mature. She’s big and strong, and I don’t think she’ll take long.

Grand Mogul
5g Presenting – Oligarch Society
Mrs Christopher Hanbury
4/1-
RPR 119b

A fine, big type and I’m pretty sure he wants soft ground and 2m4f. He’s pleasing us a lot.

Grand Roi
3g Spanish Moon – Ultra D’Anjou
Million In Mind Partnership
6-3

Athletic individual who showed promise in France and could go hurdling, but we might consider another bumper. He’s going well.

Gunnery
6g Le Havre – Loup The Loup
Fitri Hay
21
RPR 114h OR 118h

He was second on his hurdling debut in June and then won at Market Rasen. I like him and easy ground will help his legs; could go far over hurdles.

Haul Away
6g Stowaway – Lisacul Queen
Robert Kirkland
11147-4
RPR 136h OR 134h

Won four last season and loves good ground, but pulled some muscles after his run at Aintree in May. Has schooled pleasingly and can be a high-class novice chaser in the right conditions.

Hijack
4g Fame And Glory – Etoile Margot
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Fame
5

RPR 98b
Made his debut at Fakenham last week and I think the track beat him, but he’ll have learned plenty.

Homer
3g Sea The Stars – Synchronic
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
22113
RPR 96f

Formerly with Andre Fabre, he won twice on the Flat and he’s now with Henrietta Knight learning his new job.

Hooper
3g Rip Van Winkle – Earth Amber
Pump & Plant Services Ltd
Unraced

A cracking youngster out of a capable mare we trained, he is ready for a three-year-old bumper.

Igor
6g Presenting – Stravinsky Dance
Mhankin Cnoell Menholding Rwaley-Cohen
27-2
RPR 119h OR 124h

A sizeable sort who hasn’t won over hurdles, so we might make use of that maiden tag, but he’ll be a lovely chaser one day.

Nicky Henderson keeps a close eye on a schooling session –
Edward Whitaker / racingpost.com/photos

Indian Glory
4f Fame And Glory – Real Papoose
International Plywood (Importers) Ltd
Unraced

From the family of Ballabriggs, she has all the attributes and is coming along pleasingly.

It Sure Is
4g Shirocco – Stay At Home Mum
Mrs J Donnelly
1-
RPR 91p

Has done exceptionally over the summer, developing into a fine-looking horse. We could start in a bumper, but I’m inclined to go hurdling and he’s an exciting prospect who could be smart.

Italian Summer
4f Milan – Midsummer Magic
The Queen
4-
RPR 87b
A likeable filly out of a mare we trained for Her Majesty, she looked quite sharp but didn’t have enough experience to handle Fakenham on her debut. Her future is bright nonetheless.

Jack Sharp
4g Scorpion – That’s Amazing
Walters Plant Hire & Potter Group
Unraced

Mister Fisher’s half-brother who did plenty right last term and is full of quality but was a little weak. We’re looking forward to his bumper debut.

Janika
6g Saddler Maker – Majaka
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
11/2224-
RPR 165c OR 162c

Never lets us down and has risen 17lb despite not winning. Had good seconds at Ascot and Cheltenham before another near miss in the Plate at the festival and a creditable fourth in the Topham. The handicapper has his measure, so it may be a tough winter unless he can improve.

Jen’s Boy
5g Malinas – Friendly Craic
Middleham Park Racing CV
621142
RPR 115h OR 1112h

Took time, but stepping up in trip helped him travel and jump and he won twice in the summer. I hope he can win again before the ground turns.

Kaymar
4g Kayf Tara – Suave Shot
Trevor & Linda Marlow
2
RPR 102b

We’ve had lots of fun with Trevor and Linda, but not much success, although I hope that can change with this good-looker, who has improved over the summer and is a novice hurdler to follow.

Keen On
5g Kayf Tara – Romantic Dream
The Queen
2
RPR 109b

A lovely, big homebred, he was backward, but finished a good second at Perth and will have learned plenty. A fine prospect for hurdling.

Kings Ryde
7g King’s Theatre – Ryde Back
Miss Rachel Tregaskes
153-522
RPR 133c OR 130c

Useful but not well handicapped, he wants 3m and we thought he wanted better ground but he won on good to soft this year. I hope he can hold his own this winter.

Known 
5g Fame And Glory – Aasleagh Lady
The Rose And Thistle Partnership
44
RPR 95b

A big sort – a future chaser – he ran a promising first race over hurdles at Huntingdon on Sunday and should improve; he’s been a big baby all his life.

Kobrouk
8g Saint Des Saints – Kotkira
Mr And Mrs J D Cottin
5/1U1/6/P-
RPR 153h OR 152h

Came from France with a few problems but we got to Aintree. I was warned he could be free and he was. Ready to run – over hurdles – and will enjoy soft ground, but could return to France at some stage.

L’Ami Serge
9g King’s Theatre – La Zingarella
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
22381/7-1
RPR 162h OR 159h

We’re thrilled to have him back after he suffered a tendon injury in the French Champion Hurdle 19 months ago and he seems in good nick, but we’ll go steady. A yard favourite, he could be aimed at Ascot’s Long Walk Hurdle at Christmas, in which he was second in 2017.

Laskadine
4f Martaline – Laskadoun
JP McManus
115-
RPR 122h OR 135h

A lovely filly, she won smartly at Warwick on her debut for us, but disappointed at Haydock and missed the rest of the season. Will appear over hurdles.

Lecale’s Article
5g Malinas – Brookville
Mrs J Donnelly
1/
RPR 93p

An attractive type we rate highly, but an issue meant he missed last term, although that won’t be lost on him. Chasing will be his game, but he goes hurdling and could be classy.

Lilly Pedlar
4f Yeats – Mathine
Hot To Trot Racing
7-
RPR 86b

Pretty and goes nicely, but there isn’t much of her. She ran a respectable race at Bangor and is hopefully stronger for novice hurdles after the summer.

Nicky Henderson and his assistant Charlie Morlock organise first lot –
Edward Whitaker / racingpost.com/photos

Lisheen Castle
4g Most Improved – Mafaaza
Elite Racing Club
14-
RPR 118h

Won cosily at Wetherby, but things didn’t go so well at Market Rasen next time and he incurred a leg injury. I hope we’ll get him back this season and he can build on that Wetherby promise.

Loveherandleaveher
7m Winged Love – Rowdy Exit
A D Spence
U/F21-
RPR 111h OR 118h

Hasn’t had much luck but struck at Huntingdon in February and then had a lameness issue. She’s come back looking great and I imagine we’ll go chasing.

Lust For Glory
6m Getaway – Maisie Presenting
Robert Waley-Cohen
112105-
RPR 129h OR 132h

A classy mare who won twice last season, but disappointed when fancied at Cheltenham, although that may have been flu-related. I don’t think she wants more than 2m, but good ground suits. Could go chasing and jumps fences brilliantly, but I like the idea of a hurdle race first.

Madame Deluxe
4f Malinas – Easibrook Jane
Lady Bamford
2-
RPR 82p

A stunning type, she was second in what looks a solid point – we’ve got the winner My Whirlwind – and you’d go a long way to see two better mares for novice hurdling.

Marie’s Rock
4f Milan – By The Hour
Middleham Park Racing XLII
1
RPR 106b

Not the biggest but mature enough to win a bumper stylishly and there’s enough evidence to think she can have a lucrative time in mares’ novice hurdles. Promising, she jumps well.

Meadowsweet
3f Getaway – My Viking Bay
Lady Tennant
Unraced

Has looks, a nice pedigree, lovely temperament and is athletic, so hopefully can go a long way for Rosemary Tennant, who’s had some smart fillies.

Might Bite
10g Scorpion – Knotted Midge
The Knot Again Partnership
121/57P-
RPR 173c OR 167c

Had a heroic campaign two seasons ago, winning the King George and Bowl at Aintree, and finishing second in that epic Gold Cup, but it never happened last term. I still think those fences in the Betfair Chase upset him and he was disappointing in the King George and Gold Cup. We’ve taken everything off and put it back and we have previous – dare I mention Sprinter Sacre. He seems in good form and we’re tip-toeing; it’s all about getting his confidence back, while I like the look of that Many Clouds race at Aintree in December.

Mill Green
7g Black Sam Bellamy – Ceilidh Royal
Mrs Rita Brown
311343-
RPR 134h OR 134h

One of the best homebreds we’ve had from the Browns and he had a good season over hurdles, but it’s time for fences and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can achieve.

Miss Farage
4f Sans Frontieres – Maid Of Might
Turf Club 2018
Unraced

From the family of O O Seven – a grand servant here – she’s got lots of potential and could give her owners plenty to scream about.

Mister Coffey
4g Authorized – Mamitador
Lady Bamford
1-
RPR 106b

Impressive in his bumper in the spring, he’s massive and could win another but his schooling suggests hurdling. Exciting and has loads of ability.

Mister Fisher
5g Jeremy – That’s Amazing
James and Jean Potter
10/2118-7
RPR 144h OR 144h

I’ve always regarded him highly and he was impressive at Kempton and in a Grade 2 at Haydock, so I think he’s better than his Supreme eighth. I’m sure he can reach the top and that will be over fences – a very good jumper.

Monbeg Legend
9g Midnight Legend – Reverse Swing
Eventmasters Racing
2223-FP
RPR 150c OR 141c

A model of consistency, but not really a winter horse, he didn’t run so well in the Summer Cup last time and fell before that. Retains potential over fences, however.

Monte Cristo
3g Montmartre – Rylara Des Brosses
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
1
RPR 121h

Only arrived last week but won a juvenile handicap hurdle at Auteuil and is nice; he looks the part for juveniles over here.

Morning Vicar
6g Beneficial – Mary’s Little Vic
The Parishioners
172/317-
RPR 127h OR 126h

Showed useful form over hurdles, including a decent win at Ludlow, but he’s a big horse and I’m sure he can give his enthusiastic owners some fun over fences.

My Whirlwind
4f Stowaway – Garranlee Maree
JP McManus
1-
RPR 86p

I love her and she’s a sexy, strong mare who won her point in style. Time will help but she could go hurdling and I hope she’d reach the highest grade in that sphere.

Never Adapt
4f Anabaa Blue – She Hates Me
JP McManus
1/3-
RPR 123h

A winner in France, but too keen on her British debut at Cheltenham and a leg problem has kept her off since. She’s back and grown significantly, and hopefully learned to race sensibly. Going well.

Billy Aprahamian feels the power of the strapping Santini –
Edward Whitaker / racingpost.com/photos

O Connell Street
5g Fame And Glory – Victorine
Magniers’/Mrs P Shanahan/Justin Carthy
24-
RPR 103b

Typical of the stock of his much-missed sire, he’s big and has taken time, but I think this term will bear fruit in novice hurdles.

O O Seven
9g Flemensfirth – Kestral Heights
Christopher Hanbury
3/1908-1
RPR 156h OR 155c

Had a wonderful campaign winning at Doncaster and nailing a big one at the Punchestown festival, which meant a lot to the Hanburys. I suspect he’ll have a similar campaign, although the handicapper has had his say and I don’t know where we’ll start.

Ok Corral
9g Mahler – Acoola
JP McManus
125/11P-
RPR 156c OR 151c

Finally went chasing last season and looked one of the best staying novices, being particularly impressive in his festival prep at Warwick, but he was knocked sideways by the flu outbreak and his National Hunt Chase performance was below par. He still has a huge future and Newbury’s Ladbrokes Trophy is a possibility.

On The Blind Side 
7g Stowaway – Such A Set Up
6/41P2-4
RPR 149c OR 149c

He ran a good race at Ascot on Saturday, but is still a little timid in behind horses, so Nico was very keen to give him plenty of daylight. He finished his race encouragingly, so I’m pleased with that and see him as a stayer. We could look at the Ladbrokes Trophy.

Palladium
3g Champs Elysees – Galicuix
Richard Kelvin-Hughes
37-2423
RPR 78f OR 73f

Had respectable Flat form and has a terrific physique for jumping. A half-brother to 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold, he’s spent time learning his new job with Henrietta Knight and should make a leading juvenile hurdler.

Paris Dixie
4f Champs Elysees – Last Of The Dixies
Owners Group 037
0331-
RPR 87b

A bumper winner for Julie Camacho in February whom I’m relishing sending over hurdles as she should be ideal for that.

Pentland Hills exercises with Nicole Angel aboard –
Edward Whitaker / racingpost.com/photos

Pentland Hills
4g Motivator – Elle Galante
Owners Group 031
111-
RPR 148h OR 153h

An extraordinary horse who was no star on the Flat but loved jumping and got going in the same Plumpton race we used for First Bout’s hurdling debut. Like that horse, he won the Triumph and was brilliant, while he delivered an equally accomplished display in Aintree’s juvenile Grade 1. Had a good summer, seems versatile ground-wise and is starting to work excellently.

Pipesmoker
4g Authorized – Pisa
Lady Dulverton
2
RPR 104b

A big, striking individual we’ve always liked, he was an honourable second at Huntingdon, has a great future and goes novice hurdling as he jumps proficiently.

Pistol Whipped
5g Beneficial – Holiday Time
A Speelmann & M Speelman
31P-
RPR 128h OR 128h

A fine third to Rathhill – and we know he’s smart – was followed by a tidy victory at Fakenham, but he then had a problem. He’s summered and strengthened pleasingly and goes chasing.

Post War
8g Nayef – Antebellum
The Duke Of Bedford & Dr Jeremo Poupel
36/13/
RPR 125h OR 128h

Showed promise when winning at Doncaster three years ago, but off since February 2017 and the frustratingly quick ground last season wasn’t for him. Should make a decent staying novice chaser when the rain comes.

Precious Cargo
6g Yeats – Kilbarry Classic
Thomas Barr
120/116-
RPR 138h OR 140h

Big and quite headstrong, he enjoyed easy wins at Kempton and Sandown and ran respectably in a Grade 1 at Aintree. His future’s over fences and while he looks a big staying type, he’s got bags of pace and needs a truly run 2m, although he’d stay 2m4f in time. He’s exciting.

Pym 
6g Stowaway – Liss Rua
Patricia Pugh
9/12210-
RPR 136h OR 137h

A good novice hurdler, he – like a lot of ours – took a blow down the back and ran on well at Huntingdon on Sunday. He can win a novice chase on nice ground and will go 3m at some point.

Rather Be
8g Oscar – Irish Wedding
Eventmasters Racing
12/B59P-
RPR 153c OR 143c

Smart and was travelling sweetly in the BetVictor Gold Cup last year only to be annoyingly brought down. Couldn’t follow up, but hopefully we’ve rectified things and he’s progressing nicely; things are starting to come together.

Rathhill 
6g Getaway – Bella Venezia
JP McManus
14-0
RPR 138h OR 135h

Promising last season but I’m not sure what to make of Saturday’s effort at Down Royal, although it did get very soft out there. He didn’t run particularly well, but stays hurdling.

Royal Reel
6g Shirocco – Close Harmony
Mrs Rita Brown
6-53
RPR 117h

From a family we know closely, he was a creditable third at Uttoxeter last time when he jumped and travelled nicely. Hopefully a summer on his back can help him fulfil the potential we know he’s got.

Royal Ruby 
7g Yeats – Close Harmony
Mrs Rita Brown
33513-5
RPR 111h OR 114h

Royal Reel’s older half-brother, he took a few attempts to strike over hurdles, but did at Bangor last autumn and it looks like a trip will help.


Star quality

Santini
7g Milan – Tinagoodnight
Mr & Mrs R Kelvin-Hughes
131/132-
RPR 166c OR 163c

A gentle giant who floats for a horse of his size, he was a promising novice hurdler and impressed on his chasing debut at Newbury before finishing third in a red-hot Kauto Star Novices’ Chase, but his festival preparation was dreadful and he missed the Reynoldstown, which was the week after his flu jab, while he then went lame with a foot problem. He ran a cracker to be second in the RSA and came out of Cheltenham better than he went into it – I’d not seen him like that for two months. We thought about Aintree, but protected him with the future in mind, because he’s enormous and he’s on course for Sandown’s intermediate chase on Sunday. We’re hoping he’s a Gold Cup horse.


Scarpia 
5g Sans Frontieres – Bunglasha Lady
Mrs T Brown
Unraced
Needed time in the spring but showed plenty in his work and has come back stronger and more mature. A likeable type who can progress.

Nicky Henderson at the peak of his all-weather gallop –
Edward Whitaker / racingpost.com/photos

Settie Hill
6g Cape Blanco – Claire Soleil
Michael Buckley & Lord Vestey
1/92/1U1-
RPR 139h OR 137h

A fine looker who was going places as a novice hurdler, but missed last season with a tendon injury. His future remains bright and he’s got plenty of toe. Could go chasing as he’s a fine, big type.

Shishkin
5g Sholokhov – Labarynth
Mrs J Donnelly
1-
RPR 112b

A prepossessing gelding who was impressive on his only appearance in a Kempton bumper, but that was what we anticipated and he’s grown and strengthened over the summer. He’s got a considerable amount of talent and we’re relishing novice hurdling.

Sleight Of Hand
5g Kalanisi – Katariya
Michael Buckley & Mark Blandford
34-
RPR 106b

Slightly backward with a fun attitude to life, he ran with credit in two bumpers and I think he can win over hurdles, but we’ll see the best of him as a chaser.


Dark horse

Son Of Camas
4g
Creachadoir – Camas
Sullivan Bloodstock Limited
0

Looks the part and showed ability at home, so we went for the Land Rover Bumper at Punchestown, but he was disappointing. I still have enormous faith and will be disappointed if he’s not a high-class novice hurdler, then chaser. He’s working very well.


Soul Emotion
6g
Martaline – Second Emotion
Mr And Mrs J D Cotton
5/PF11/5-
RPR 150h OR 152h

Finished fifth in last season’s Long Walk Hurdle but had a bad post-trace trauma that we never got to the bottom of despite extensive tests. We put him away and can hopefully get him back to being a leading hurdler; he’s making good progress.

Staithes
4g Watar – Corlea
The Titanic Ten
1

A handsome English point winner I think we can have some fun with and perhaps quite soon as he looks ready to go.

Steal A March
4g Mount Nelson – Side Step
The Queen
4
RPR 99b

Arrived in January for a bumper run, but the ground was ridiculously quick, so we ran three at Worcester and they were second, third and him a promising fourth, although we felt he was the strongest of them. Goes hurdling.

Storm Of Intrigue
7g Oscar – Storminoora
Oscar Singh & Miss Priya Purewal
10/3-
RPR 127h

Showed enormous potential by finishing third in a hot race at Newbury, although he came back with a problem and won’t be out until Christmas. He’ll stay over hurdles and looks fantastic.

Sunrise Ruby
5m Sholokhov – Maryota
Blunt, Breslin, Duffy, Slattery
123-2
RPR 118h OR 117h

Consistent over hurdles, but hasn’t won. That will come as she gets stronger and the bigger mares’ novices could be within her reach later in the season. Wants a sound surface and is coming along great.

Sunshade
6m Sulamani – Spring Flight
The Queen
1139/51-
RPR 138h OR 140h

A talented novice hurdler whom I had big hopes for last term, but she got a splint and we were held up until she won a competitive Listed race at Cheltenham. A big, strong mare now who goes chasing, she has a fab future and an outing is imminent.

First lot gallops under the Lambourn sun –
Edward Whitaker / racingpost.com/photos

Surf Walk
4g Born To Sea – Meon Mix
Mr A Speelman & Mr M Speelman
Unraced

A quality horse who was ready in the spring until the ground dried, he has come back twice the size and may start in a bumper before hurdling.

Temple High
4f Sulamani – Uppermost
James & Jean Potter
5-
RPR 96b
Didn’t get much match practice in the spring because of the ground and was green on her debut at Warwick, but it was a nice introduction and she’s stronger now. Jumps very well but will start in a bumper.

Terrefort
6g Martaline – Vie De Reine
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
21/432P-
RPR 164c OR 157c
A spectacular novice who landed the Scilly Isles and Mildmay but last season was disappointing after he pulled muscles at Sandown on his return. There was some promise, but he’s had a nasty overreach and we’re only just getting going again.

The Cashel Man
7g High Chaparral – Hadarama
Mrs Fitri Hay
222-1
RPR 133h OR 130h

Had leg trouble on the Flat and took to jumping well, finishing second to subsequent Grade 1 winner Reserve Tank before a straightforward success at Ffos Las. Ran a blinder at Glorious Goodwood and should make a high-class staying novice hurdler.

Theinval
9g Smadoun – Kineeves
Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr
41/936-F
RPR 154c OR 146c

Simply wonderful, he’s one of the toughest I’ve had and has a preference for good ground. It was particularly cruel he fell at Galway in the summer, but he’s given us so much fun. Will run in good handicaps over 2m-2m4f, although the handicapper never relents because he’s so consistent.

Timberman
4g Califet – Millrock Lady
Mr J Turner
2
RPR 89b

This handsome individual has enjoyed a good summer, strengthening nicely and could soon start in a bumper before going hurdling.

Time Flies By
4g Getaway – What A Mewsment
JP McManus
1
RPR 118b

We were going hurdling but decided he didn’t know enough, so sent him to Cheltenham to learn, although I didn’t think he’d go on the testing ground. However, he knew plenty and did go on it! He was impressive and we’ll make a plan soon.

Tombee Du Ciel
3f Zanzibari – In Caso Di Neve
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
623-
RPR 113h

A scopey filly boasting some sound Auteuil form, she could be smart and a Listed race at Aintree on Becher Chase day is a possibility.

Top Notch
8g Poliglote – Topira
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
41/310P
RPR 169c OR 161c

A superstar we adore, he had a mixed time last term, finishing a creditable third in the Long Walk after a bad reaction to his flu jab and then winning at Kempton. We lost him then, so he had an early break and he’s returned looking fat and well, and will run in classy races over hurdles and fences.

Top Notch: popular warrior at Seven Barrows – Mark Cranham

Torigni
3g Palace Episode – Princesse Stesa
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
01
Won in Dieppe over the summer, but has come in a little later so I don’t know much about him. However, he looked progressive.

Torolight
3g Toronado – Tuscan Light
Canter Banter Racing
4
RPR 90h

He ran all right on his hurdling debut at Wincanton recently and is owned by Katie Croft and Dave Fehily, who are a big part of the team here. Hopefully he can improve for them.

Valtor
10g Nidor – Jossca
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
2/671P0
RPR 161c OR 157c

Won so handsomely on his debut for us and he shot up to 160, which ruined his National mark, although he found that trip too far. I doubt we’ll try it again as he appears a three-miler, and he’s not won over hurdles, so that might be a thought.

Vegas Blue
4f Getaway – Bella Venezia
Crimbourne Bloodstock
1
RPR 106b

Attractive filly who overcame greenness to win on her debut at Bangor, doing it nicely despite hardly ever galloping on grass at home. She’ll go novice hurdling and is exciting.


Star quality

Verdana Blue
7m Getaway – Blue Gallery
Crimbourne Bloodstock
114151-
RPR 164h OR 162h
We asked her some extraordinary questions last season and she never flinched, winning the Elite Hurdle before beating Buveur D’Air in the Christmas Hurdle and then being impressive in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. Lethal on fast ground, she hasn’t had an easy autumn and things haven’t flowed, but we’re getting there and she’s starting to flourish.


Versatility
5g Yeats – Stravinksy Dance
Barrow Boys 2
04-1
RPR 125h

Will end up as a staying chaser, but won nicely over hurdles in May, so is a novice for the season and has done particularly well over the summer.

Voyage De Retour
7g Craigsteel – Taipers
Mrs Robert Bingley
6/
RPR 22b

Missed a year with a leg injury, but has done plenty of roadwork and I think we’ll go hurdling, but he’ll jump a fence in time.

Welsh Saint 
5g Saint Des Saints – Minirose
Walters Plant Hire & Potter Group
421-F
RPR 116h

A good-looker, he fell on his hurdling debut, but has had a good summer and I don’t think it will be long before he wins over hurdles, although chasing will be his game. Runs soon.

Wenyerreadyfreddie
8g Beneficial – Ware It Vic
M Landau & J Lightfoot
22117P-
RPR 153c OR 148c

A handsome sort we’ve always believed in, he started well over fences last season and has had an extremely good summer. I hope he can progress again on good ground, so we’ll try to get him out soon.

Whatswrongwithyou
8g Bienamado – Greenfield Noora
5 Hertford Street Racing Club
621178-
RPR 144c OR 142c

A talented horse who loves soft ground, he’s had a wind op, which I think will help and he should get 2m4f – I’m sure he can win a decent prize.

Whitlock
4g Dutch Art – Barynya
Lord Lloyd-Webber
411422-
RPR 95f OR 87f

He’s been Too Darn Hot’s lead horse on the gallops, but I think he’s missing him, so maybe Too Darn Hot should come here for the Triumph instead of going to stud. Whitlock is at Hen Knight’s and goes novice hurdling.

William Henry
9g King’s Theatre – Cincuenta
Walters Plant Hire Ltd
144/P14-
RPR 156h OR 156h
A star who enjoyed a great day when fending off Wicklow Brave in the Coral Cup under a brilliant ride from Nico and then finished a respectable fourth in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Aintree. Remains hurdling as he doesn’t like chasing.

With Discretion
8m Tiger Hill – Discreet
Bloomsbury Stud
11/4
RPR 139h OR 144h

A tall mare who adores soft ground, she won two novice hurdles last year but didn’t get her conditions in the winter and her run at Punchestown did her no harm. I’m praying we don’t have such a dry time again as she could be a seriously good mares’ novice chaser.


Unraced/unnamed youngsters

We’ve some lovely young horses coming through the ranks at Seven Barrows and they include Duke Of Chalfont, a three-year-old son of Alianthus, whose progeny we haven’t had before, but he looks a forward, precocious type, while I couldn’t resist buying Major Sting, a cracking individual by Might Bite’s sire Scorpion.

Firestep is a big, imposing Mahler of JP’s and he also has a three-year-old Fame And Glory filly out of Hora, which makes her a half-sister to Thomas Campbell and Lisp.

Flinteur Sacre is a brother to guess who and Sarwar Mohammed, who looked after Sprinter Sacre, tells me they’re exactly the same!

Hamilton’s Fantasy is a lovely big homebred of the Queen’s who didn’t come into training last season, but that should be to her benefit, while Mot A Mot is a Martaline three-year-old worth remembering.

Middleham Park Racing have a Presenting of the same age and he’s full of class and quality, and their three-year-old Crillon filly also promises plenty.

Milan is a stallion I rate highly and we’ve a classy, agile son of his who is bay but has one remarkable black stocking that makes him easy to recognise.

Another Milan out of Gold Donn has a golden future, while the sire’s Altior half-brother is not back yet after getting colic in the summer. Hopefully he can return as he’s beautiful.

A similar-looking, if bigger, Presenting brother to Call The Cops, who did so well for us, has pleased me and he’s for sale, as is a Mount Nelson gelding, who is one of our nicest three-year-olds and appears tailormade for a bumper in the new year.

The Cottons have another Presenting I like in an athletic filly who is a sister to their smart Gold Present and an Oscar filly from the family of Denman is a nice four-year-old for the Potters, while John Magnier has a typically big and handsome Fame And Glory three-year-old. 


Expert view

THERE’S no doubt the one horse everyone is looking forward to seeing is the brilliant Altior, and it will be fascinating to see how he gets on upped in trip.

The fact his trainer and jockey think he needs further than two miles now is also an admission they don’t think he’s quite as good as he was at that trip, so he arguably has a bit more to prove than the ante-post markets suggest – he’s only 5-2 for the King George – but it’s hard not to be excited any time he runs.

Henderson has seven Champion Hurdles to his name and it’s a shame Cheltenham will never allow the ground to be quick enough for Verdana Blue to show her best in that race as she is, like her trainer says, “lethal on fast ground”.

The RPR of 164 she ran to when winning the Scottish Champion was 2lb higher than Annie Power needed to run to when winning her Champion Hurdle in 2016 (though she ran considerably higher at Aintree afterwards) and any good in the ground will make her a danger to all.

I have a feeling Santini is going to end up a shade on the slow side for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but one chaser who might have a bit more to offer is Janika.

The form book says he’s every bit as good as Santini (there’s 1lb between them on official figures) on his runs in handicap company from 2m3f to 2m5f, and while his trainer thinks he might have a tough season there’s every chance he will improve again for a further step up in trip. I’d certainly be tempted to run him in Graded company over 3m.

Three novices who could go far over fences are Pym, Dickie Diver and Angels Breath.

Pym was a good second on his debut at Huntingdon yesterday and while he was beaten by a 16-1 chance in Deyrann De Carjac, the winner had jumped impeccably on his debut, did so again and is potentially very smart too.

In keeping with his pedigree, Pym served notice that staying is going to be his game and there is surely more to come at 3m.

Angels Breath was highly tried from the outset over hurdles, winning a Grade 2 on his debut, and if he can jump and learn to settle he ought to develop into a JLT contender.

Dickie Diver did really well for one so inexperienced when fourth in the Albert Bartlett, and staying chases, perhaps even the National Hunt Chase, which his owner is so desperate to win, are going to be his bag.

Nicky Henderson Stable Tour 2019/20
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