Hen­der­son has an­other Champ in the camp

The Racing Paper - - Front Page - by Mike Fran­cis

CHAMP can land a knock­out blow in the Chal­low Hur­dle at New­bury.

Nicky Hen­der­son has al­ready got one star hur­dler in the JP McManus colours and this six-year-old looks the heir to Bu­veur D’Air.

He has a long way to go be­fore he’s a Cham­pion Hur­dle type but he has oozed class with wins on three of his four hur­dles starts.

He went close on de­but at As­cot be­fore look­ing a real prospect when get­ting off the mark at Perth when odds of 1-14 didn’t look ridicu­lous.

He was a rel­a­tively huge 1-3 next time at War­wick when he again had ten lengths to spare over his ri­vals. That was enough for six months and he came back to win in style on his hand­i­cap de­but over course and dis­tance last time out.

Rac­ing Paper colum­nist Ai­dan Cole­man was on board at New­bury that day and hardly had a sec­ond’s worry as his mount ham­mered 14 ri­vals.

He merely had to be shaken up at the fi­nal flight to go right away. It’s in­ter­est­ing that Hen­der­son is go­ing for this Grade 1 rather than keep­ing him to hand­i­caps – and that clearly speaks vol­umes about what con­nec­tions think they have on their hands.

The book­ies are likely to be tight about his price to­day but it’s hard to see him beaten.

Alan King runs nice prospect Alsa Mix and she gets a handy 7lb from her male ri­vals. She won a Worces­ter bumper be­fore win­ning on hur­dles de­but at Ex­eter with­out break­ing too much sweat.

That form was left way be­hind with a smooth suc­cess at Sandown ear­lier this month. She won a Grade 2 in good style there and would be good enough to win many re­newals of this con­test.

Tom Lacey is putting his yard on the map with some big wins and his Kate­son is not out of this.

He kept good com­pany in bumpers be­fore switch­ing to hur­dles for en­cour­ag­ing wins at Chep­stow and over course and dis­tance last time. He has a lot more to of­fer and should be in the shake-up here.

Win­ning in style: Champ with Ai­dan Cole­man on board

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