Hen­der­son waits to go through the gears

The Racing Paper - - News -

NICKY HEN­DER­SON has de­scribed Rath­hill as a horse with “gears” as he looks to add to his im­pres­sive record in the Tol­worth Hur­dle.

The Seven Bar­rows han­dler has won the Sandown Grade One five times.

Rath­hill made his race­course de­but just over a fort­night ago – hav­ing fin­ished sec­ond in an Ir­ish point-to-point – and he was a stylish win­ner at New­bury.

Hen­der­son had a hand­ful of ex­cit­ing prospects to choose from at the con­fir­ma­tion stage, so it may speak vol­umes that he re­lies solely on JP McManus’ six-year-old.

“He is a very burly horse, has plenty of gears – and two miles will do him for now,” said Hen­der­son. “We de­cided to run him a week ear­lier at New­bury, be­cause we wanted to give Rath­hill ex­tra time be­fore the Tol­worth.”

Colin Tiz­zard’s Elixir De Nutz has far more ex­pe­ri­ence and will be hav­ing his sixth run over hur­dles.

He failed to cut much ice in two starts for Philip Hobbs last sea­son, but the switch to Tiz­zard has seen him progress – fin­ish­ing sec­ond on his de­but for the Dorset han­dler at Chel­tenham in Oc­to­ber, be­fore reg­is­ter­ing suc­ces­sive wins at Prest­bury Park.

Tiz­zard said: “Two miles is his trip, and you can go as fast as you want with him over that trip. We’ve made the run­ning over two miles so far, and it is work­ing quite well at the mo­ment.

“This is a step up on what he has done, but he has done noth­ing wrong.”

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