Jumps Season - At The Races

Nicky Henderson Stable Tour

    A third title on the trot eluded the master of Seven Barrows last term but he has an array of talent at his disposal which could make 2019/20 another vintage season.
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Nicky Henderson was knocked off his perch as champion jumps trainer by Paul Nicholls when bidding to complete a hat-trick at the top of the pile in 2018/19 but just like the luckless Buveur D’Air in the Champion hurdle, the Seven Barrows trainer will be back in the thick of action to try and regain that crown.

Henderson’s prize money tally of £2,909,080 last season left him just short of passing the £3 million barrier which had been passed in his last Championship winning season with an identical 141 winners and such is strength of his team this time around that few would be against him bettering his personal best.

Altior once again holds the position as star flagbearer for the Seven Barrows outfit with the likes of Santini, Buveur D’Air, and the emerging young hurdlers like Champ, Pentland Hills, Fusil Raffles and Verdana Blue, to name but a few, there is the ammunition in the yard to once again ensure the battle for the trainers’ title goes to the wire again.

With a host of younger horses too, Nicky kindly spoke to Tony Elves about a team that will surely light up the season for Jumps enthusiasts.

All Horses

Altior (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: High Chaparral - Monte Solaro (Key Of Luck)
  • Owner: Mrs Patricia Pugh
  • Last Race: Newbury, 8 Feb 2020 14:25
  • Result: Won/6, bit keen, held up tracking leaders, left tracking leading pair 3rd, travelling well 3 out, upsides last, ridden to lead run-in, soon comfortably clear
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Form Profile:

175-rated chaser holds an unbeaten sequence of 19 victories. Maintained his excellence in 2018/19 when taking the Grade 1 Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown (1m 7 1/2 f) in December by four lengths from Un De Sceaux, Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton (2m) later that month by 19 lengths from Diego Du Charmil, the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase at Ascot (2m 1f) in January by seven lengths from Fox Norton, the Grade 1 Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham (2m) in March by a length and three quarters from Politologue and the Grade 1 Celebration Chase at Sandown (1m 7 1/2f) in April by two and a half lengths from Sceau Royal.

Trainer Says:

Well what more can you say about him he has done it all and keeps doing it. The question is what we do next and find out if three miles is within his reach. If we start off back in the Tingle Creek it wouldn’t necessarily be the best way into the King George. I am not that keen on the Betfair Chase and the best option may well be the Ascot Chase. Everything has gone smoothly for Altior and we recauterised his palate this summer which was purely precautionary as he hadn’t had it done for two years. Nico (De Boinville) is adamant he wants another half a mile so let’s find out.

Video Form
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Angels Breath (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Shantou - Mystic Masie (Turgeon)
  • Owner: Walters Plant Hire & Ronnie Bartlett
  • Last Race: Ascot, 20 Dec 2019 12:45
  • Result: Won/2, made all, quickened pace 3 out, soon 5 lengths clear, eased flat, unchallenged (fence before swinley bottom not jumped 15 fences jumped)
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Form Profile:

146-rated hurdler. Impressive winner of the Grade 2 Kennel Gate Novices’ Hurdle at Ascot (1m 7 1/2f) in December when scoring by four and a half lengths from Danny Kirwan.

Trainer Says:

He is a very talented horse and I feel he will be much better this season. He was very good first time out for us in the Kennel Gate Hurdle at Ascot and ran respectably after without winning. He appears to have thrived and grown during the summer and he is something to look forward too. He will make a very high-class chaser at some stage, but I feel that he may have some unfinished business over hurdles beforehand.

Video Form
20 Dec 2019:
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Beware The Bear (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Shantou - Native Bid (Be My Native)
  • Owner: Mr G B Barlow
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 1 Jan 2020 14:35
  • Result: 8/12, towards rear, ridden before 7th, behind 2 out, hampered last, kept on flat
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Form Profile:

158-rated chaser. Winner of the Grade 3 Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham (3m 1f) in March when beating Vintage Clouds a length and a quarter off a mark of 151.

Trainer Says:

He came to himself in the New Year and was given another brilliant ride Jerry (McGrath) when winning the Ultima at the Festival. As you all know we have still to get the Randox Health Grand National Trophy in the Seven Barrows cabinet and I think we have to go for the Grand National this time. If we have a Grand National horse, it looks like it could be him.

Video Form
6 Jan 2018:
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Beyondthestorm (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Blue Gale (Be My Native)
  • Owner: Eyeofthestorm Partnership
  • Last Race: Chepstow, 31 Jan 2020 13:20
  • Result: 3/8, chased winner to 3 out, beaten when ridden before last
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Form Profile:

Winning Irish point-to-pointer. Sixth at Newbury (2m 4 1/2f) in December on his only start over hurdles.

Trainer Says:

He is an exciting prospect and we weren’t able to run him after his hurdling debut at Newbury as he never got the soft ground that he really needs. He will go straight over fences this time and I am confident that he could be a top-class staying novice chaser this year.

Video Form
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Birchdale (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Jeremy - Onewayortheother (Presenting)
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 11 Mar 2020 14:50
  • Result: 8/25, towards rear, headway after 2 out, ridden before last, kept on flat, never reached leaders
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Form Profile:

146-rated hurdler. Gained the second of his two success over hurdles in a Grade 2 event at Cheltenham (2m 4 1/2f) in January when beating Buster Valentine 18 lengths after being left clear at the last.

Trainer Says:

He is a gorgeous horse and I can see him making up into a high-class novice chaser this season. He won on his debut for us at Warwick and followed up in a Grade 2 on Trials Day at Cheltenham in January. I took the wrong option of running him over three miles in the Albert Bartlett and he didn’t stay. He should thrive at around two and a half miles.

Video Form
22 Nov 2019:

Brave Eagle (IRE)

Form Profile:

158-rated chaser. Winner of both of his handicaps chase this season – scoring by two and a half lengths from Huntsman Son at Haydock (2m 4 1/2f) in May off a mark of 144 and then landed the listed Summer Cup Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter (3m 2f) in June by a nose from Killaro Bay off a mark of 152.

Trainer Says:

We had to end his campaign as his rating was far too high for any of the summer races and ideally, he loves really good ground. I like second season chasers in the Ladbrokes Trophy, and it is a race we are going to have to consider him for.

Video Form
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Burrows Edge (FR)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Martaline - La Vie De Boitron (Lavirco)
  • Owner: Mr Michael Buckley
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 11 Mar 2020 14:50
  • Result: 13/25, tracked leaders, close up when blundered 2 out, driven and one pace between last 2, lost place and held when hampered last, weakened flat
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Form Profile:

132-rated hurdler. Best effort last season when runner-up, beaten a neck to Erick Le Rouge in a handicap hurdle at Kempton (2m 5f) in February off a mark of 130.

Trainer Says:

He looks set for a good season after just being touched off at Kempton in February, but we had to end his season after his second run there after he suffered from bone bruising. He won a point-to-point in Ireland and should make up into a very good novice chaser.

Video Form
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Buveur D'air (FR)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Crillon - History (Alesso)
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus
  • Last Race: Newcastle, 30 Nov 2019 14:05
  • Result: 2/5, held up in 3rd, went 2nd behind clear leader (winner) when shaken up after 3 out, hit next, 1 length down last, ridden and stayed on to challenge flat, just held
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Form Profile:

167-rated hurdler. Winner of the Figthing Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle (2m 1/2f) in December for a second time when slamming Samcro eight lengths, a listed hurdle at Sandown (2m) in February when beating Vision Des Flos two lengths and the Grade 1 Punchestown Champion Hurdle at Punchestown in May when beating Supasundae two and a half lengths. Fell at the third in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1/2f) when bidding to win the race for a third time.

Trainer Says:

He will start in the Fighting Fifth hurdle at Newcastle which he has won for the past two years. He sadly couldn’t win a third Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham when falling at the third but when you hurdle like he does the margin for error is very small. He still didn’t have a bad season as he went onto win the Punchestown Champion Hurdle and he has come back from his summer break looking fantastic. All roads will lead to Cheltenham for a crack at winning his third Champion Hurdle.

Video Form
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Casablanca Mix (FR)

  • 8-y-o; chestnut mare
  • Breeding: Shirocco - Latitude (Kadalko)
  • Owner: Mr E R Hanbury
  • Last Race: Doncaster, 29 Dec 2019 13:35
  • Result: 4/7, tracked leader until 5th, tracked leading pair, hit next, pushed along before 10th, lost 3rd 5 out, pushed along and weakened before next, left remote 4th 3 out
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Form Profile:

154-rated chaser. Has look much improved this season and won both her starts. Scored by a length and a half from Indian Temple at Aintree (2m 4f) in May off a mark of 138 and followed up with an eight-length victory from Royal Valley in the Listed Summer Plate Handicap at Market Rasen (2m 5 1/2f) in July off a mark of 143.

Trainer Says:

She put up a stunning performance to win the Summer Plate at Market Rasen and the handicapper acted accordingly. That is going to make her life a bit more difficult, but she could be aimed at the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November. We will have a look at the black type mares chases and they should be within her capabilities now.

Video Form
29 Dec 2019:
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Cascova (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Casamento - Sina Cova (Barathea)
  • Owner: Chelsea Thoroughbreds - Cascova
  • Last Race: Ascot, 22 Nov 2019 14:05
  • Result: PU/6, tracked winner until ridden approaching 2 out, pulled up next
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his three bumpers when trained by Martyn Meade.

Trainer Says:

He is an exciting prospect for novice hurdle and has spent some time with Henrietta Knight learning the jumping game. He looks more like a jumper than a Flat horse and he could be a high-class hurdler in the making.

Video Form
22 Nov 2019:

Champ (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: King's Theatre - China Sky (Definite Article)
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 11 Mar 2020 14:10
  • Result: Won/10, not always fluent, held up towards rear, closed 12th, slow next (water), effort before 3 out, 3rd and outpaced home turn, pecked 2 out, 10 lengths off front pair last, stayed on well final 150 yards, led towards finish
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Form Profile:

152-rated hurdler. Successful in five of his 6 starts and netted two Grade 1 novice hurdles – scoring by two and a half lengths from Getaway Trump in the Challow Novices at Newbury (2m 4 1/2f) in December and by three lengths from Emitom in the Sefton Novices at Aintree (3m 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He was one of the stars of the show last season and won both the Challow and the Sefton Novices’. He also finished a gallant second in the Ballymore and I should probably have run him in the Albert Bartlett as he proved he stayed three miles in the Sefton. He has done incredibly well over the summer and he has every chance of going to the top in novice chase company.

Video Form
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Champagne Platinum (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Saffron Holly (Roselier)
  • Owner: John P McManus
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 12 Mar 2020 17:30
  • Result: 7/23, held up towards rear, headway 5 out, tracked leaders 3 out, one pace next, soon ridden, no impression before last
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Form Profile:

138-rated hurdler. Winner of maiden hurdle at Newcastle (2m 1/2f) in December when beating Idee De Garde a length and three quarters and a novice event at Newbury (2m 1/2f) later that month.

Trainer Says:

He won his first two races very impressively and then we had to rule him out of the Supreme Novices’ at Cheltenham when we found he was suffering from a foot problem. He is a very high-class prospect and he is almost certain to go novice chasing this season. He could well prove top class in that division.

Video Form
1 Dec 2018:

Chantry House (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Yeats - The Last Bank (Phardante)
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 10 Mar 2020 13:30
  • Result: 3/15, tracked leaders, driven and one pace after 2 out, ridden and kept on under pressure before last, no extra in well held 3rd flat
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Form Profile:

Impressive three and half length winner from Edwardstone in a bumper at Warwick in March.

Trainer Says:

He won his only start in a bumper and is another exciting prospect owned by JP (McManus) who came to us as a winning Irish point-to-pointer. We will see but he could easily go straight over fences as he is such a big individual.

Claimantakinforgan (FR)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Great Pretender - Taquine D'estrees (Take Risks)
  • Owner: Grech & Parkin
  • 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:

148-rated chaser. Made a winning debut over fences at Uttoxete (2m) in November when beating Chesterfield two and a half lengths and third, beaten 11 lengths, to Lalor in a Grade 2 Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham (2m) in November.

Trainer Says:

He is a horse we have always liked, and he was sidelined with injury after finishing third to Lalor at Cheltenham. He is in the tricky position of only having had two runs over fences and not being a novice. We will be looking for graduation and intermediate chase for him and I will be disappointed if he can build on what he has achieved so far.

Video Form
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Countister (FR)

Form Profile:

141-rated hurdler. Best effort in two runs last season when third, beaten a length and three quarters, to Ch’tibello in the Grade 3 County Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1f) in March off a mark of 133.

Trainer Says:

The handicapper was a bit severe on her when she finished third in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham, but I am hoping she can go on to make into a very high-class mare.

Video Form
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Craigneiche (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Itsalark (Definite Article)
  • Owner: Mr Robert Kirkland
  • Last Race: Doncaster, 14 Jan 2020 13:35
  • Result: Won/10, chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced when hit 2 out, rallied on wide outside to lead before last, driven clear
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Form Profile:

Scored by six lengths from Beyond The Pale in a bumper at Market Rasen in June.

Trainer Says:

He was still very green when winning his bumper at Market Rasen and it was a very promising start. He could be a very exciting prospect in novice hurdles this season.

Video Form
14 Jan 2020:

Dickie Diver (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Gold Well - Merry Excuse (Flemensfirth)
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 15 Mar 2019 14:50
  • Result: 4/20, held up towards rear, headway under pressure after 2 out, ridden turning in, stayed on into 4th after last, no impression with leaders
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Form Profile:

141-rated hurdler. Scored by two and a quarter lengths from Kingsplace in a novices’ hurdle at Chepstow (2m 3 1/2f) in February and creditable fourth, beaten 11 lengths, to Minella Indo in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham (3m) in March.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely big horse by Gold Well who won his maiden hurdle at Chepstow and did well for such an inexperienced horse when fourth in the Albert Bartlett. He really is something to look forward to this season over fences.

Video Form
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Downtown Getaway (IRE)

Form Profile:

131-rated hurdler. Off the mark with a gallant short head success from Champagne Well at Ascot (2m 5 1/2f) in January.

Trainer Says:

He is a very promising horse who showed bags of gut when winning on his second start at Ascot. He will almost certainly go over fences and he looks a very bright prospect.

Video Form
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Epatante (FR)

  • 6-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: No Risk At All - Kadjara (Silver Rainbow)
  • Owner: Mr John P McManus
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 10 Mar 2020 15:30
  • Result: Won/17, held up in touch and travelled well, not fluent 3 out, eased out right before leading last, edged right flat, stayed on well
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Form Profile:

137-rated hurdler. Winner on her debut for the stable at Kempton (2m) in November when beating Ey Up Rocky three and a quarter lengths and followed up with a three and a half length win from Makety at Exeter (2m 1f) in February. Started 15-8 favourite for the Grade 2 Mares’ Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 1f) in March but only ninth, beaten nine and a quarter lengths, to Eglantine Du Seuil.

Trainer Says:

She won her first two races at Kempton and Exeter very easily and we went to Cheltenham with high expectations, but she didn’t show up. It was after we had to give the horses those flu vaccinations and that may well have been the reason for her disappointing display. She has grown and strengthened through the summer and we are hoping she is going to show us how good she really is.

Fred (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Cokoriko - Veribelle (Voix Du Nord)
  • Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede
  • Last Race: Musselburgh, 2 Feb 2020 14:15
  • Result: Won/6, chased leaders on inside, pushed along early, pushed along again after 6th, challenged from 3 out, switched right before last, led flat, held on
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Form Profile:

Runner-up in two hurdles at Auteuil.

Trainer Says:

He came to us in late April/May and we put him away. He has plenty of experience in France and he will make a very nice National Hunt maiden this winter.

Video Form
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Fusil Raffles (FR)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Saint Des Saints - Tali Des Obeaux (Panoramic)
  • Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 10 Mar 2020 15:30
  • Result: 11/17, held up towards rear on outside, not fluent 3 out, soon weakened
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Form Profile:

152-rated hurdler. Winner of both of his starts for the stable since joining Henderson from France and won the Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton (2m) in February by nine lengths from Beat The Judge and the Grade 1 Champion Four Year Hurdle at Punchestown (2m) in May by two and three quarter lengths from Fakir D’Oudairies.

Trainer Says:

I was nicely surprised by the ease of his victory in the Adonis and he unfortunately had to miss Cheltenham and Aintree as he skinned his hind leg so badly at Kempton. He was given a super ride by Daryl Jacob to win the Grade 1 Champion Four Year Hurdle at Punchestown and I think there is further improvement to come from this chap this Winter. The Champion Hurdle would have to come on the radar and as he liked Kempton so much, he could be one for the Christmas Hurdle.

Gold Present (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; brown gelding
  • Breeding: Presenting - Ouro Preto (Definite Article)
  • Owner: Mr And Mrs J D Cotton
  • Last Race: Aintree, 7 Dec 2019 15:15
  • Result: 9/14, chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened after next, virtually pulled up flat
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Form Profile:

152-rated chaser. Finished second, beaten 11 lengths, to Black Corton in the Grade 2 Oaksey Chase at Sandown (2m 6 1/2f) in April on his final start.

Trainer Says:

Frustratingly he didn’t win last season and fell well holding every chance at Ayr in April. I still think there is a big race in him.

Video Form
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Grand Mogul (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Presenting - Oligarch Society (Moscow Society)
  • Owner: Mrs Christopher Hanbury
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 1 Jan 2020 12:15
  • Result: 6/6, held up in 5th, mistake 4th, last from next, well beaten 2 out
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Form Profile:

Scored by eight lengths from Young Dev in a bumper at Thurles when trained by Gordon Elliott.

Trainer Says:

He came here in the spring but the ground was too dry so he didn’t run. He looks likely to go straight over hurdles and he is a horse I like a lot.

Video Form
22 Dec 2018:
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Gunnery (FR)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Le Havre - Loup The Loup (Loup Solitaire)
  • Owner: Mrs Fitri Hay
  • Last Race: Southwell, 30 Jul 2020 14:30
  • Result: 6/9, chased leaders, went 2nd before 3rd, ridden and lost place after 3 out, soon weakened
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Form Profile:

118-rated hurdler. Off the mark over hurdles at Market Rasen (2m 2 ½ f) in July when beating Yorbelucky 31 lengths.

Trainer Says:

He was impressive when winning at Market Rasen and he could make up into a very high-class novice hurdler. His legs have been a problem in the past and he will need a bit of cut in the ground.

Video Form
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It Sure Is (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Shirocco - Stay At Home Mum (Presenting)
  • Owner: Mrs J Donnelly
  • Last Race: Newbury, 28 Feb 2020 15:50
  • Result: 8/10, raced keenly chasing leaders on inside, weakened rapidly after 3 out (normal 4 out) tailed off
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Form Profile:

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

Trainer Says:

He has done exceptionally well since joining us and he could start off in a bumper, but I am keen to get him going over hurdles. He could be pretty smart.

Video Form
20 Dec 2019:

Janika (FR)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Saddler Maker - Majaka (Kapgarde)
  • Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede
  • Last Race: Ascot, 15 Feb 2020 15:35
  • Result: 2/4, tracked leader until after 1st, chased leading pair until weakened before 2 out, left remote 2nd at the last
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Form Profile:

162-rated chaser Several notable efforts including when runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Siruh Du Lac in the Grade 3 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Plate at Cheltenham (2m 4 1/2f) in March off a mark of 156.

Trainer Says:

He started off the season from 145 and has ended up on 162 without winning but he never let us down. The handicapper appears to have his measure and we may have to get him to improve further to win a Graded conditions chase at around two and a half miles.

Video Form
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L'ami Serge (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: King's Theatre - La Zingarella (Phardante)
  • Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 12 Mar 2020 15:30
  • Result: PU/15, held up towards rear, ridden after 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last
  • View full form
Form Profile:

154-rated chaser. Finished unplaced in a Grade 1 Hurdle at Auteuil (3m 1 1/2f) in May on his only start last season.

Trainer Says:

He sustained a tendon strain in the French Champion Hurdle in May when attempting to win that race for a second time. It’s great to have the old boy back and we could start in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot.

Video Form
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Might Bite (IRE)

Form Profile:

167-rated chaser. Winner of the 2017 King George VI Chase at Kempton. Well below par in the three efforts in the Betfair Chase, King George VI Chase and the Gold Cup last season.

Trainer Says:

It simply didn’t happen form him last season for whatever reason. We have done everything we can with him and taken ever nut and bolt off and given him a thorough MOT and we just have to hope we can do a Sprinter Sacre with him. He has come back from his summer break exceptionally well and we might give him a confidence booster in a hurdle race before going back chasing.

Mister Fisher (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Jeremy - That's Amazing (Marignan)
  • Owner: James And Jean Potter
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 12 Mar 2020 13:30
  • Result: 4/12, tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 5th, mid-division after next, headway to chase leaders before 2 out, ridden and kept on same pace in 4th before last, no impression
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Form Profile:

144-rated hurdler. Gained his most prestigious success in the Grade 2 Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock (1m 7 1/2f) in January.

Trainer Says:

He is a high-class prospect and showed his versatily when winning a Grade 2 event at Haydock on ground he wouldn’t have really wanted. He prefers decent ground and I don’t think we have seen the best of him over hurdles yet. Sooner or later he will go over fences, but we see how it goes over hurdles first.

Video Form
25 Jan 2020:

O O Seven (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Kestral Heights (Eagle Eyed)
  • Owner: Mr Christopher Hanbury
  • Last Race: Newbury, 29 Nov 2019 13:50
  • Result: 5/12, led until 9th, chased leader until 4 out, chased leaders, weakened 2 out
  • View full form
Form Profile:

155-rated chaser. Winner of a valuable handicap chase at Punchestown (2m 4f) in May when scoring by two and a half lengths from Livelovelaugh off a mark of 147.

Trainer Says:

He has given his owners a lot of fun and had his day in the Sunshine when winning at Punchestown in May. He will have the usual targets of Cheltenham and Aintree and the Grand Sefton and Topham could be on the agenda.

Video Form
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Ok Corral (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Mahler - Acoola (Flemensfirth)
  • Owner: John P McManus
  • Last Race: Doncaster, 25 Jan 2020 15:15
  • Result: Won/14, mid-division on inside, smooth headway tracking leaders 10th, went 2nd before 2 out, challenged last, stayed on under pressure to lead towards finish
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Form Profile:

151-rated chaser. Most impressive when beating Secret Investor in a listed Novices Chase at Warwick (3m) in January.

Trainer Says:

He won his two novice chases before being pulled up in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham and he was one that was hit hard by the outbreak of equine flu in February and the subsequent vaccination. We had to put him away, but he looked very exciting when winning under Derek O’Connor at Warwick and he has an enormous future as a staying chaser. I haven’t spoken to Frank Berry yet but he could be the sort for the Ladbrokes Trophy.

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On The Blind Side (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Stowaway - Such A Set Up (Supreme Leader)
  • Owner: Mr A D Spence
  • Last Race: Newcastle, 21 Feb 2020 13:35
  • Result: Won/7, tracked leaders, ridden and headway to lead over 2f out, edged left under pressure inside final furlong, held on well
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149-rated chaser. Off the mark over fences when beating Talkischeap three and a quarter lengths at Kempton (3m) in January

Trainer Says:

He beat the subsequent bet365 Gold Cup winner Talkischeap in a novice chase at Kempton but seemed to lose his confidence after. He has summered really well and let’s hope he can get his act together this season.

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Pentland Hills (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Motivator - Elle Galante (Galileo)
  • Owner: Owners Group 031
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 10 Mar 2020 15:30
  • Result: 9/17, held up in rear, not fluent 4th, shaken up after 2 out, went 9th before last, no chance
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153-rated hurdler. Winner of his three hurdle races – scoring by 14 lengths from The Flying Sofa at Plumpton (2m) in February, the Grade 1 JCB Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m) in March when beating Coeur Sublime three lengths and the Grade 1 Anniversary Four-Year-Old Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree (2m 1f) when scoring by a neck from Fakir D’oudairies.

Trainer Says:

He didn’t see the racecourse for us until February but won very comfortably at Plumpton in a race we had used for First Bout. It was a brave move to go for the JCB but fortunately it paid off and he won well, and he then followed up at Aintree. We will see how far he can go over hurdles and the International at Cheltenham would be a target, but he could have a run on the Flat beforehand.

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Precious Cargo (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Yeats - Kilbarry Classic (Classic Cliche)
  • Owner: Mr T Barr
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 10 Mar 2020 16:50
  • Result: F/20, chased leaders, went 2nd before 5th, led approaching next, not fluent 10th (water), headed when fell 2 out
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140-rated hurdler. Winner over hurdles at Kempton (2m) in January when beating Extra Mag three and a quarter lengths and follwed up at Sandown (2m) in March when scoring by eight lengths from Rose Sea Has.

Trainer Says:

Won for us in novice hurdle company at Kempton and Sandown future lies over fences. He should make an exciting novice chaser this time and he needs a truly run two miles to bring the best out of him.

Rather Be (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Oscar - Irish Wedding (Bob Back)
  • Owner: Eventmasters Racing
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 17 Apr 2019 15:15
  • Result: PU/15, mid-division, mistake 1st, slow next, headway before 5th, weakened after 2 out, pulled up before last
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Form Profile:

143-rated chaser. Disappointed in four starts last season.

Trainer Says:

He has had a breathing operation and we hope that is going to help him. He could start back at Cheltenham and still has the ability to go a long way over fences.

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Rathhill (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of a maiden hurdle at Newbury (2m 1/2f) in December when beating Nordic Combined a length and a half and creditable fourth, beaten 12 lengths to Elixir De Nutz in the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown (2m) in January.

Trainer Says:

He was impressive when winning at Newbury in January but his next run in the Tolworth wasn’t what we were expecting. We were held up by a lameness issue after, but we took the cautious option and put him away. He is another gorgeous horse who I think has an enormous future over fences.

Santini

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Milan - Tinagoodnight (Sleeping Car)
  • Owner: Mr & Mrs R Kelvin-hughes
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 13 Mar 2020 15:30
  • Result: 2/12, chased leaders, not much room 1st, closed on inside from 18th, unable to go with leaders briefly 2 out, not much room between last 2, switched right after last, stayed on, went 2nd towards finish, just held
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163-rated chaser. Runner-up, beaten only half a length, to Topofthegame the Grade 1 RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March.

Trainer Says:

We had dreadful preparation before Cheltenham with a foot problem and despite that ran a blinder to be beating only half a length by Topofthegame in the RSA. We purposely out him away after that and we think this season could be very exciting for him. He is still a young horse with enormous potential, and we are hoping he could develop into a Gold Cup horse.

Shishkin (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Sholokhov - Labarynth (Exit To Nowhere)
  • Owner: Mrs J Donnelly
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 10 Mar 2020 13:30
  • Result: Won/15, held up mid-division, mistake 3rd, headway when badly hampered 2 out, driven to chase leaders on outside turning in, switched inside to challenge before last, soon ridden, stayed on to lead narrowly towards finish, just held on
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Form Profile:

Easy eight-length winner from Certainly Red in a bumper at Kempton in March on his stable debut.

Trainer Says:

He will go novice hurdling and is a prospect very much something to look forward too.

Staithes

  • 4 b g Water - Corlea
Form Profile:

Winner of an English point-to-point.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse we bought at the Aintree Sale at the Grand National meeting and we should win some races with him.

Terrefort (FR)

  • 7-y-o; grey gelding
  • Breeding: Martaline - Vie De Reine (Mansonnien)
  • Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede
  • Last Race: Cheltenham, 14 Mar 2019 14:50
  • Result: PU/12, mid-division, lost place before 4 out, soon behind and struggling, weakened next, pulled up before 2 out
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Form Profile:

157-rated chaser. Probably best effort last season when third, beaten three lengths, to Frodon in the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham (3m 1f) in January.

Trainer Says:

He was spectacular in his novice season when winning the Scilly Isles at Sandown and the Mildmay at Aintree, but last season was a disappointment. He has come back looking a million dollars and his first main target might well be the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury.

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Top Notch (FR)

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Poliglote - Topira (Pistolet Bleu)
  • Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede
  • Last Race: Kempton, 11 Jan 2020 14:05
  • Result: 3/5, tracked winner until 3rd, went 2nd again 11th, pushed along before 3 out, hit next, ridden between last 2, lost 2nd soon after, no extra in 3rd
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161-rated chaser. Successful in a listed chase at Kempton (2m 4 1/2f) in January when beating Black Corton five lengths.

Trainer Says:

He has been a grand servant to us, and he is still only eight. He was at his best when win a Listed Chase at Kempton on Lanzarote Hurdle day in January but then seemed to lose it after that. We decided to give a longer break than normal and he has come back looking fat and well. We hope he can find his best form again and will mix it over hurdles and fences.

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Valtor (FR)

  • 11-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Ut*nidor - Jossca (Badolato)
  • Owner: Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede
  • Last Race: Ascot, 15 Feb 2020 14:25
  • Result: 2/8, mistake 1st, patiently ridden in rear, not fluent 9th, hit 11th, steady headway tracking leaders 15th, went 2nd 4 out until 2 out, kept on same pace, went 2nd again last, no chance with winner
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157-rated chaser. Hacked up by eight lengths from Jammin Masters on his stable debut in the Listed Garrards Silver Cup at Ascot (3m) in December off a mark of 148.

Trainer Says:

He joined us as a nine-year-old which was unusual and then surprised us when running away with a £100,000 Handicap at Ascot in December. He paid the penalty and shot up to 160 and that rather put paid to his chance of winning the Grand National. He did run well for much of the race, but the trip was too far for him and he will be campaigned at three miles. He hasn’t won over hurdles and if we find we are between two stools with him then that could be an option.

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Verdana Blue (IRE)

  • 8-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Getaway - Blue Gallery (Bluebird)
  • Owner: Mrs Doreen Tabor
  • Last Race: Ascot, 16 Jun 2020 16:40
  • Result: 2/19, close up, headway and not clear run 2f out, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

162-rated hurdler. Took the most notable scalp of stablemate Buveur D’Air when winning the Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton (2m) in December and ended her jumping campaign with a seven-length victory from Dino Velvet in the Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle (Limited Handicap) off a mark of 154.

Trainer Says:

She has been pure joy to train and proved a mare for all seasons. She won the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton before causing a bit of an upset when beating Buveur D’Air in the Christmas Hurdle and then ran respectably in the Champion Hurdle. We missed Aintree to keep her fresh for the Scottish Champion Hurdle and she is at her very best on fast ground. She was an impressive winner of the Ayr race and it a pleasure to have her again this season.

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Whatswrongwithyou (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Bienamado - Greenfield Noora (Topanoora)
  • Owner: Seven Barrows Limited
  • Last Race: Kempton, 14 Mar 2020 15:15
  • Result: 7/20, held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, kept on
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Form Profile:

142-rated chaser. Gained his last success at Fontwell (2m 2f) in February when beating Amour De Nuit 17 lengths.

Trainer Says:

He can be quite keen in his race, so we have kept him at around two miles, and he loves soft ground. He seems to have grown up a bit and we will be looking to run him over two and a half miles. He has the talent to win a real good of race if all goes right for him.

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William Henry (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: King's Theatre - Cincuenta (Bob Back)
  • Owner: Walters Plant Hire Ltd
  • Last Race: Fontwell, 23 Feb 2020 15:20
  • Result: Won/5, hampered start, led until jumped slowly and headed 3rd, dropped to 4th place 4 out, looked beaten next, rallied and hit 2 out, 3rd between last 2, plenty to do last, stayed on strongly to lead last 100 yards
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Form Profile:

156-rated hurdler. Returned from wind surgery to beat Wicklow Brave a short head in the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham (2m 5f) in March by and subsequently fourth, beaten 11 lengths, to If The Cap Fits in the Grade 1 Ryanair Stayers Hurdle at Aintree (3m 1/2f) in April.

Trainer Says:

He was given a great ride by Nico to win the Coral Cup and he may well go chasing this time around.

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