It could be another exciting year for veteran trainer Nicky Henderson. All looks set for another titanic race for the trainer’s championship with Paul Nicholls. Henderson’s stable tour came out this week and there are several horses that he’s buzzing to unleash from his Lambourn base. We’ve picked out three horses whose reports are particularly bullish. There are plenty of new and old faces to look out for. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
Chantry House had a disappointing season on the whole last year. The highlight was winning the Cotswold Chase but pulling up in both the King George and Gold Cup doesn’t suggest he’s at the top of the tree. Henderson has been particularly impressed with him so far however. His trainer said: “It’s extraordinary he’s grown so much at his age, but he has and he’s now a great, imposing individual […] He belongs at the top and is in tremendous order – I can’t stress that enough.”
Luccia is adored and revered by her trainer who couldn’t be more complimentary of her. Her trainer was enamoured by her impressive victory in a Listed bumper at Sandown and can’t wait for her to go hurdling. This is evidenced by his assessment: “I think she’s special and she showed that with a mesmerising display at Sandown […] She’s grown two inches and looks fantastic, while her schooling has been superb, so she could be anything.”
Wiseguy beat the useful Hillcrest in a bumper back in January before winning a three-mile maiden hurdle at Doncaster on just his second start over obstacles. Injury cut his campaign short but he retains plenty of potential according Henderson: “He’s not a novice over hurdles and lacks experience for fences, but he could go novice chasing. Either way, his future is bright, extremely bright.”
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