Jumps Season - At The Races

Nicky Henderson Stable Tour

    The champion trainer has another embarrassment of riches at his disposal this season, and his star-studded team is headlined by Altior, Buveur D’Air and Might Bite, three of the National Hunt racing’s biggest names.
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Looking at Nicky Henderson’s current team of talent it can only strike fear into the hearts of his competitors as the Master of Seven Barrows looks to land a sixth trainers title in his 41st season with a trainer’s licence.

Henderson almost took the comparable Holy Grail of Jump racing when Buveur D’Air took the Champion Hurdle, Altior landed the Queen Mother Champion Chase but Might Bite was denied the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last March by only the lion-hearted Native River.

Those three will be ready to do battle once more and are likely to be focused on taking that route again and there plenty more in the Seven Barrows team that could emerge from the shadows and make their mark in top company this term. Henderson’s 141 winners landed a personal best prize money total of £3.5million and there will few betting on him bettering that total with horses that can only have jump purists purring with delight.

Nicky kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about those he hopes can keep him at the top of his profession once more.

All Horses

Altior (IRE)

Form Profile:

175 rated chaser. Top-class performer who is unbeaten in his last 14 starts. Scored his most prestigious success last season in the Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham (2m) in March when slamming Min seven lengths and was winning the Grade 1 Celebration Chase at Sandown (1m 7 1/2f) in April for a second successive year when scoring by three and a quarter lengths from San Benedeto.

Trainer Says:

He is in good form and, all being well, his obvious starting point would be the Tingle Creek. This time last year we were saying the same thing and it went wrong to start with but he’s in great form – it plays itself as he could then go to Kempton, the Queen Mother and the Celebration Chase at Sandown at the end. There has been talk of the King George and if it closed tomorrow we would put him in it but I think that is highly unlikely. If Might Bite is in fighting form and ready to go there then there is no point in pitching them in together.

Apple's Shakira (FR)

Form Profile:

142 rated hurdler. Impressive winner of her first three race over hurdles at Cheltenham (2m 1/2f and 2m 1f) which culminated in an eight-length victory from Look My Way in a Grade 2 event in January.

Trainer Says:

She is in good form and I might go for the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton which might suit her.

Beat That (IRE)

Form Profile:

145 rated chaser. Winner of novice chases at Newton Abbot (3m 2f) in August and Southwell (3m) in September on the last-named occasion beating Jacks Last Hope four lengths.

Trainer Says:

He is an old horse now but he’s had a good summer. He is not going to reach the top but he’s won his last two and is not the horse he was as a five or six-year-old hurdler.

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Beware The Bear (IRE)

Form Profile:

148 rated chaser. Gained his only success of last season on his reappearance in the Listed Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle (2m 7 1/2f) when beating Bishops Road two and a quarter lengths.

Trainer Says:

He stays and he jumps and he handles soft ground. He won that Rehearsal Chase up at Newcastle and he will have to run in all those types of handicaps.

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Brain Power (IRE)

Form Profile:

160 rated chaser. Scored by 28 lengths from War Sound in a Novices’ Chase at Kempton (2m 2f) in November and also runner-up, beaten 14 lengths, to Footpad in the Grade 1 Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham (2m) in March.

Trainer Says:

I am pleased with his progress and his schooling has been good. He will put it together and he was suffering from a kissing spine which we have put right. We have done a few things with him and I hope it might help him. He had a string of non-completions last season but he will put it together and he has been a difficult horse but very talented at the same time.

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Brave Eagle (IRE)

Form Profile:

144 rated chaser and hurdler. Winner of four of his five races this season and gained his latest success in a Novice Chase at Fontwell (2m 5 1/2f) in August when beating Jaleo three quarters of a length.

Trainer Says:

He is ridiculously handicapped and has been winning poor summer races like Monbeg Legend. He has been very consistent and for once the trainer has got it right and placed him in the right races. The handicapper seems to have forgotten he’s been winning three horse races in July.

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Buveur D'air (FR)

Form Profile:

169 rated hurdler, Unbeaten in four start over hurdles last season and was winning the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1/2f) in March for a second time when beating Melon a neck.

Trainer Says:

He would almost certainly start again in the Fighting Fifth. We will see where we go from there but the only objective is to try and make it three Champion Hurdles. He has obviously been a real star and I am not sure he was at his absolute best at Cheltenham but all roads will lead there again.

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Call Me Lord (FR)

Form Profile:

160 rated hurdler. Showed improved form when stepped up in trip when scoring by 16 lengths from Lil Rockerfeller in the Grade 2 Select Hurdle at Sandown (2m 5 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He finished on a high note when winning the Select Hurdle at Sandown but we are limited with him as he can only go right-handed. He is a bit like Josses Hill but even worse and if he went the other way he would end up in the Car Park. We moved him up to two miles and five and a half at Sandown on the last day and that told us quite a bit – all of a sudden he stayed. That opens up a lot of windows and we can look at different things.

Caribean Boy

Form Profile:

Finished runner-up, beaten three quarter of a length, to Lou’s Buck in a listed Hurdle at Auteuil (2m 2f) in April on his final start.

Trainer Says:

He is a new recruit from France and is only a four-year-old but he is rated 140 something so we are thinking of going novice chasing. He is rather like Style De Garde and can go chasing as a four-year-old.

Casablanca Mix (FR)

Form Profile:

138 rated chaser. Off the mark over fences when beating Theatre Territory 12 length at Huntingdon (2m 4f) in November and in command when fall last in race presented to The Nipper at Exeter (2m 1 1/2f) the following month.

Trainer Says:

She won her novice chase and she is in that mares’ programme and that should suit her.

Video Form
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Charli Parcs (FR)

Form Profile:

145 rated hurdler. Finished creditable fourth, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Midnight Shadow in the Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr (2m) in April.

Trainer Says:

He will win a good race some day but I’m not sure when. He hasn’t had everything go his way throughout life but he will get his day in the sunshine and will be running in all those good handicaps.

Chef Des Obeaux (FR)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Saddler Maker - O Dame De Gene (Passing Sale)
  • Trained by: N J Henderson
  • Last Race: Uttoxeter, 11 Dec 2018 13:30
  • Result: 3/16, not always fluent, chased leaders, ridden after 11th, outpaced before 4 out, bumped 3 out, stayed on into 3rd before last, no impression
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Form Profile:

149 rated hurdler. At his most impressive in heavy ground at Haydock (2m 7f) in February when beating Uppertown Prince 15 lengths.

Trainer Says:

He will be another in the three-mile novices’ chase category. He did very well last year and I thought of the three of them (along with Santini and OK Corral) he had the better chance in the Albert Bartlett. He didn’t run very well at all and had looked very good in proper soft ground at Haydock. He looks a proper soft ground three-mile chaser. He will be out once we get some soft ground.”

Video Form
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Claimantakinforgan (FR)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Great Pretender - Taquine D'estrees (Take Risks)
  • Trained by: N J Henderson
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 18 Nov 2018 13:50
  • Result: 3/5, made most to 7th, with leader, led again 9th, driven and headed after 3 out, readily outpaced by winner between last 2, ridden and no impression in 3rd from last
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Form Profile:

151 rated hurdler. Ended last season when finishing runner-up, beaten a length and a quarter to Midnight Shadow in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr (2m) in April.

Trainer Says:

Has all the attributes to do well over fence and he will be another of our two milers. He did well in novice hurdles last season and looks one to keep an eye out for.

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Countister (FR)

Form Profile:

133 rated hurdler. Won novice events at Doncaster (2m 1/2f) in December and Sandown (2m) in January.

Trainer Says:

I’m thinking of that OLBG Mares’ race at Wetherby on Charlie Hall day. She would be good for that.

Video Form
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Daphne Du Clos (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay filly
  • Breeding: Spanish Moon - Katarina Du Clos (Panoramic)
  • Trained by: N J Henderson
  • Last Race: Newbury, 11 Feb 2017 16:45
  • Result: Won/10, mid-division, tracked leaders 4f out, challenged going well over 2f out, led on bit inside final 2f, shaken up entering final furlong, ridden clear final 100 yards, kept on
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Form Profile:

Second to Cap Soleil in Cheltenham listed bumper on New Year's Day 2017 before beating Western Ryder three and three quarters lengths in listed Newbury bumper the following month. Been off the track since.

Trainer Says:

She has had a year off but she in good form and schooled last week. I am hoping she will be top-class.

Dickie Diver

Form Profile:

Winner of his point-to-point in Ireland in December.

Trainer Says:

He is one of a beautiful bunch of horse that we have that have come from the Irish pointing field and most of them have won there only point. They haven’t done a lot yet but they look nice horses and, in that category, we would include Birchdale, Rathhill, Champagne Platinum and Champagne Mystery. Lecale’s Article and I Can’t Explain.

Diese Des Bieffes (FR)

  • 5-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Martaline - Chanel Du Berlais (Saint Preuil)
  • Trained by: N J Henderson
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 18 Apr 2018 14:05
  • Result: Won/14, held up towards rear, headway 5th, switched left before last, went 2nd flat, led final 150 yards, ran on well, readily
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Form Profile:

141 rated hurdler. Gained his third success over hurdles last season at Cheltenham (2m 4 1/2f) in April when scoring by two lengths from the Clockisticking

Trainer Says:

He did nothing wrong all last year and just progressed. He is almost a certainty to go novice chasing.

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Divine Spear (IRE)

Form Profile:

141 rated chaser. Impressive ten length winner from Exitas in a Novices’ Handicap Chase at Ascot (2m 1f) in December off a mark of 133 and subsequently finished runner-up, beaten seven lengths, to Delegate in a Novices’ Chase at Musselburgh (2m 4f) in February.

Trainer Says:

He has been out a bit longer than most and has just come back. He had a problem that kept him out of Cheltenham and he is a big, strong horse but he is a little dainty and does have a few issues. We have just got to ensure they don’t worry him anymore.”

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Gallahers Cross (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of a point-to-point and a bumper in Ireland and finished fourth to Didtheyleaveuoutto in a listed bumper at Ascot in December on his stable debut.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely horse who should more than make his mark in novice hurdle company.

Video Form
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Gold Present (IRE)

Form Profile:

152 rated chaser. Made a winning reappearance at Newbury (2m 6 1/2f) last December when beating Warrior’s Tale a neck off a mark of 142 and followed up with a three length defeat of Frodon in the Listed Silver Cup at Ascot (3m) later that month off a mark of 147. Pulled up two subsequent starts.

Trainer Says:

He started off well and won two decent prizes early on and then things went wrong. We have tinkered with his wind and he loves good ground. He does stay and jump well.

Video Form
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Jenkins (IRE)

Form Profile:

148 rated hurdler. Heavily odds-on when making a successful debut over fences at Stratford (2m) on Monday.

Trainer Says:

“He had a lovely pop round at Stratford in a beginners’ chase and, hopefully, he has a bright future in two-mile chases.”

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Josses Hill (IRE)

Form Profile:

145 rated chaser. Best effort last season when finishing runner-up, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to stablemate Top Notch in the Grade 2 Peterborough Chase run at Taunton (2m 5 1/2f) in December.

Trainer Says:

“He is one that is very hard to place. He has to go right-handed and the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon would suit him. He is very high in the handicap and is certainly not a Grade 1 horse.”

Kilcrea Vale (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Beneficial - Inflation (Port Etienne)
  • Trained by: N J Henderson
  • Last Race: Aintree, 8 Dec 2018 15:15
  • Result: 3/11, tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, mistake next (chair), went 2nd 5th, not fluent 12th (canal turn), stumbled badly 3 out and lost 2nd, 3rd and kept on from elbow
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Form Profile:

145 rated chaser. Best effort last season when runner-up, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to stablemate Top Notch in the Peterborough Chase run at Taunton (2m 5 1/2f) in December.

Trainer Says:

He ran a good race in the Topham and I would thought that would be the objective again later in the season. Whether he stays any further than that I am not too sure but those sort of races would be ideal for him. He is a pretty good jumper and he enjoyed Aintree so much that anything there would be on the radar.

Video Form
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Kupatana (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Westerner - Kildea Cailin (Anshan)
  • Trained by: N J Henderson
  • Last Race: Newbury, 30 Nov 2018 12:45
  • Result: 2/7, led in start, led until 3rd (water), chased winner until 9th, outpaced before next, ridden and went 3rd 3 out, left remote 2nd at the last
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Form Profile:

122 rated over hurdles. Gained her last success in a handicap hurdle at Aintree (2m 4f) in April when beating Passing Call a length and three quarters.

Trainer Says:

She will go novice chasing. She schooled well last week and is nearly ready to run.

Video Form
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Lough Derg Spirit (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Westerner - Sno-cat Lady (Executive Perk)
  • Trained by: N J Henderson
  • Last Race: Wetherby, 17 Oct 2018 14:45
  • Result: Won/4, led 1st, blundered and headed 4th, tracked leader, disputed lead from 10th, led again when left clear 4 out, blundered next, 2 lengths advantage 2 out, ridden and asserted clear again approaching last
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Form Profile:

136 rated hurdler. Best effort last season when runner-up, beaten three lengths, to London Prize in the Grade 2 Elite Hurdle at Wincanton (1m 7 1/2f) in November.

Trainer Says:

He is another we particularly like in the two-mile novice chase division and he has schooled very well and will be ready for action very shortly.

Might Bite (IRE)

Form Profile:

172 rated chaser. Landed the King George VI Chase at Kempton (3m) on Boxing Day and met his only defeat last season in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham (3m 2 1/2f) in March when runner-up, beaten four and a half lengths, to Native River. Ended his season with a seven-length victory from Bristol De Mai in the Grade 1 Betway Bowl at Aintree (3m 1f) in April.

Trainer Says:

Late year we took the easy option and went for the Intermediate Chase at Sandown rather than the Betfair and that was intentional. He was only just out of novice and I wanted to give him a nice soft start. He has grown up a lot and matured and this year we will start with the Betfair. The King George is the obvious race for him – I still think Kempton is his ideal place even though there is nothing wrong with Cheltenham for him. I had been very good ground at Cheltenham then we may have had a bit more of a chance. The result I really like was how he came back from Cheltenham like a man and having had a real hard race came back and did it at Aintree. That’s where and I admired him and that is where he grew up big time.

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Monbeg Legend

Form Profile:

147 rated chaser. Winner of three of his four chases this season and gained his last success at Stratford (2m 6 1/2f) in September when beating Easy Street two and a quarter lengths off a mark of 139.

Trainer Says:

He has been a revelation and he is only a novice but the handicapper has clobbered him. He has only been running in summer races and he’s handicapped him as if he has been running around Newbury in January. I think he is up against it.

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Morning Vicar (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Beneficial - Mary's Little Vic (Old Vic)
  • Trained by: N J Henderson
  • Last Race: Newbury, 30 Nov 2018 13:20
  • Result: 3/12, shade keen, chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out, every chance 2 out, soon ridden, lost 2nd at the last, weakened run-in
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Form Profile:

Winner of a bumper at Newbury in January and ended his season when finishing runner-up, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Umdeni at Warwick in April.

Trainer Says:

He did little wrong in his bumpers and he is a horse we like a lot and has everything before him over hurdles.

Mr Whipped (IRE)

Form Profile:

145 rated hurdler. Completed a hat-trick in novice hurdle company when beating Paisley Park a length in the Grade 2 Leamington Novices’ Hurdle at Warwick (2m 5f) in January.

Trainer Says:

He’s a stayer but I will start him off over two and a half miles as he is not that slow. He is pretty good and he did everything right apart from the last time.

My Tent Or Yours (IRE)

Form Profile:

159 rated hurdler. Winner of the Grade 2 International Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1f) and runner-up in the previous three Champion Hurdles.

Trainer Says:

Life is getting a bit difficult and he is getting a bit creeky with age and we really need some fresh legs but he is still really enjoying it. He is in good form and cantering away.

Video Form
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O O Seven (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Kestral Heights (Eagle Eyed)
  • Trained by: N J Henderson
  • Last Race: Doncaster, 15 Dec 2018 15:20
  • Result: Won/5, close up in rear, pushed along in 4th after 13th, headway into 2nd before 3 out, soon ridden, 2 lengths down last, rallied final 110 yards, led final strides
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Form Profile:

147 rated chaser. Finished creditable third, beaten 13 lengths, to stablemate Top Notch in the Grade 2 Oaksey Chase at Sandown (2m 6 1/2f) in April on his last start.

Trainer Says:

He is another that is pretty hard to place, and he has run good race in all those top events. I suspect he isn’t as much and out and out stayer that we thought he was and probably best just short of three miles or an easy three. He deserves to win a good race.

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Ok Corral (IRE)

Form Profile:

147 rated hurdler. Put up his best effort over hurdles when runner-up, beaten three lengths, to Kilbricken Storm in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham (3m) in March.

Trainer Says:

He was second in the Albert Bartlett and he is similar to Santini and will run in three-mile novices’ chases. He should have a bright future over fences.

On The Blind Side (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Such A Set Up (Supreme Leader)
  • Trained by: N J Henderson
  • Last Race: Aintree, 14 Apr 2018 14:25
  • Result: 6/12, tracked leader until 6th, pushed along before 3 out, one pace in 4th when not much room and switched right before mistake 2 out, weakened flat
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Form Profile:

151 rated hurdler. Completed a hat trick when beating Springtown Lake nine lengths in the Grade 2 Ballymore Hurdle at Sandown (2m 4f) in December and sixth to Black Op in the Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree (2m 4f) in April on his final start.

Trainer Says:

He could be good – I like him a lot. He did very well early on and then had a problem which just hindered us. We didn’t have time to get him back into proper shape but he could be a lovely, lovely chaser. Everyone is saying he wants two and a half but I am not convinced he does. There was one day when he came down the hill at Cheltenham and it looks as if he had sore shins then but he will come down the hill this year.

Pacific De Baune (FR)

Form Profile:

139 rated hurdler. Gained his second win in hurdle company at Newbury (2m 1/2f0 in March when scoring by 12 lengths from Article Fifty.

Trainer Says:

He is another who should do well in two-mile novice chases. He is one I like.

Video Form
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Pym (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of a valuable bumper at Ayr in April 2017.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse we have been waiting for and he looks an exciting prospect.

Video Form
13 Oct 2018:

Rather Be (IRE)

Form Profile:

149 rated chaser. Failed by only a head behind Mister Whitaker in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham (2m 4 1/2f) in March on his final start.

Trainer Says:

He ran a very good race at Cheltenham and I left him alone after that. He is the sort of horse that could come into calculations for the BetVictor Gold Cup and those sort of races. He could start at Stratford in two weeks’ time.

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Reigning Supreme (IRE)

Form Profile:

134 rated chaser. Best effort over fences last season when runner-up, beaten 12 lengths, to Indy Lady in a Novices’ Handicap Chase at Newbury (2m 7 1/2f) in February.

Trainer Says:

He will be alright, and he has done very well at last. He has just been a big raw horse and he has taken a fair bit of time. He’s not far off and I think he will make a decent chaser.

Santini

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Tinagoodnight (Sleeping Car)
  • Trained by: N J Henderson
  • Last Race: Newbury, 1 Dec 2018 12:45
  • Result: Won/7, held up in 5th on inside, closer tracking leaders 7th, mistake and lost place 11th, rallied into 3rd again before 4 out, 2nd travelling well 2 out, 1 length down and not fluent last, led run-in, stayed on
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Form Profile:

152 rated hurdler. Winner of three of his four starts over hurdles and ended his season with a length and a half success from Roksana in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree (3m 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He is a three-miler and he was very good over hurdles and only got beaten the once in the Albert Bartlett and the won a Grade 1 at Aintree. He is a very big horse and he has already been schooled over fences and is very good.

Soul Emotion (FR)

Form Profile:

152 rated hurdler. Winner of both of his starts at Sandown after joining the stable and score by four lengths from Wolf Of Windlesham off a mark of 137 over two and a half miles in April.

Trainer Says:

I like him and the plan is to stay over hurdles and I have to hope he will make a Welsh Champion Hurdle kind of horse. He is a very good hurdler but I am not so sure over fences. He was very impressive and if he gets three miles he might find further improvement.

Style De Garde (FR)

Form Profile:

138 rated hurdler. Finished runner-up, beaten three lengths, to Veneer Of Charm in the Fred Winter Juvenile Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1/2f) in March.

Trainer Says:

There is every possibility he will go novice chasing. We have schooled him over fences and he has been very good and rated 138 over hurdle. With these four-year-olds it is always difficult in their second season and rather than running in those very competitive handicap hurdles we might just take the allowances and go novice chasing.

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Sunshade

Form Profile:

134 rated hurdler. Winner of novice events at Ludlow (2m) in November and Market Rasen (2m 2 1/2f) in December.

Trainer Says:

She might be quite good. She was tremendously progressive last year and she has grown and developed enormously.

Video Form
17 Apr 2017:

Terrefort (FR)

Form Profile:

158 rated chaser. Winner of three of his four starts after joining the stable and finished runner-up, beaten seven lengths, to Shattered Love in the Grade 1 JLT Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham (2m 4f) in March. Ended his campaign with a three and three quarter length victory from Ms Parfois in the Grade 1 Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree (3m 1f) in April.

Trainer Says:

We are thinking of that Intermediate Chase that Might Bite won last year then have a look at the Ladbrokes trophy. That is the thought subject to a lot of changes. He doesn’t show you anything at home but I like horses like him and he progressed out of recognition as the season went on.

Theinval (FR)

Form Profile:

150 rated chaser and was running for the second day running when beating Dolos half a length in a Listed Handicap Chase at Ayr (2m 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

“He is a good old handicapper chaser really and as solid as a rock. He loves fast ground and get two and a half miles if you want him to but just as effective over two miles. He likes a really fast run two and he was very good last year and we ran him at Ayr on the Friday and it was the second year running we had done that and ran two days in a row. He ran his best race of the season when winning on the second day and he will follow a similar pattern this time.

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Thomas Campbell

Form Profile:

152 rated hurdler. Gained his last success when beating Anteros two and a half lengths in a listed handicap hurdle at Cheltenham (3m 1 1/2f) in November.

Trainer Says:

He is like Brain Power and we did a back operation on him in the Summer. He wasn’t the most convincing of jumpers over hurdles as he is not that big but he’s has got to try and go chasing as he can’t carry the weight over hurdles that he has got now.

Top Notch (FR)

Form Profile:

162 rated chaser. Scoring for the third time last season when beating Art Mauresque two and three quarter lengths in the Grade 2 Oaksey Chase at Sandown (2m 6 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He is an old favourite and there are a few places he could go and he could even start in a hurdle race. There is that two and a half mile conditions hurdle at Aintree early on which I have used for the likes of Bobs Worth in the past just to get back. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get him back there and the Peterborough Chase would be a possibility and races like that.

Video Form
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Verdana Blue (IRE)

Form Profile:

143 rated hurdler. Winner on the Flat at Chelmsford (1m 5 1/2f) at the end of September.

Trainer Says:

She could go for a listed hurdle at Kempton in a couple of weeks’ time and she is a good mare on top of the ground over two miles.

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Vyta Du Roc (FR)

Form Profile:

147 rated chaser. Last seen in a handicap chase at Cheltenham (3m 2 1/2f) on New Year’s Day when beating Lamb Or Cod 22 lengths off a mark of 138.

Trainer Says:

He is in good form and he was all ready for the Grand National last year and he got a bit of colic before it, so we had to scrub the season and start again. He looks very well and we would be looking at Aintree and see what he makes of the place.

Video Form
8 Jan 2016:

We Have A Dream (FR)

Form Profile:

156 rated hurdler. Winner of his five races for the stable and gained his most prestigious success when beating Gumball seven lengths in the Grade 1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree (2m 1f) in April.

Trainer Says:

I like him and the only thing that went wrong with him was that he got a temperature on the Monday morning of Cheltenham so he couldn’t run in the Triumph. When you see what he did at Aintree you would have to say he would have gone very close in the Triumph. He is unbeaten and has won two Grade 1s and he summered very well. He hasn’t grown a lot but he done very well. I don’t know where we will start but I would say that Masterson Hurdle at Cheltenham for four-year-olds only would be a possibility. He gets an 8lb penalty there but he’s earnt it. After that he could go for the International.

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6 Jan 2018:
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Whatswrongwithyou (IRE)

Form Profile:

139 rated hurdler. Gained his last success at Newbury (2m 1/2f) in February when beating Rockpoint nine lengths.

Trainer Says:

He is one of our two-mile novice chasers and he is very talented.

With Discretion (IRE)

Form Profile:

139 rated hurdler. Winner of novice events at Towcester (2m 5f) in March and at Newton Abbot (2m 5 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

She won both of her starts over hurdles last season and she is not back in yet, but she will go novice chasing.

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23 Apr 2018:
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