Henderson has another Champ in the camp
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