Thursday, 29 June 2017

Champion trainer Nicky Henderson conquers Worcester with promising Cheltenham contenders

Nicky Henderson unleashed some potential stable stars as he enjoyed a treble on Worcester’s Wednesday card.

The Lambourn handler has enjoyed a successful start to the jumps season securing 20 victories from 55 runners, recording a tidy 36% profit.

Forever Field enjoyed his first victory over fences in the curtain raiser, beating Paul Nicholls’ odds-on favourite Black Corton in a head to head battle.

The novice chaser won three times over hurdles, and finished a close third behind former Sefton winner Ballyoptic in Chepstow’s Silver Trophy.

His maiden win over fences was both impressive and professional, he may remain a handicapper to follow.

Forever Field is a half-brother to Kim Muir winner Same Difference, who won at the Festival in 2013.

Yet the most impressive winner of the trio came from newcomer Malton Rose, who enjoyed an easy seven length success in bumper company.

The well-bred six-year-old kicked on well from two furlongs out, to beat more experienced rivals in convincing fashion.

Not many were surprised as the penultimate race of the card went to the Seven Barrows handler, as Monbeg Legend justified 1-5 odds to secure a third straight victory.

The seven-year-old defied a two year absence to win at Southwell earlier this month, but found his third start the most troublesome.

Although the class act in the field, he struggled to overcome some obstacles but kept on to win in good fashion to complete the treble.

He hasn’t been the most straightforward winner, but should progress into a nice prospect throughout the season.

Peace And Co enjoyed success in his first attempt over fences, he won the 2015 Triumph Hurdle at the Festival.

Earlier in the week former Cheltenham Festival winner Peace And Co won his first start over fences, winning a novice chase contest at Hexham by eight lengths.

The 2015 Triumph Hurdle winner had struggled in handicap company in two starts last season, and the switch to chasing seemed to work as he completed his fences in good style.

He’s a 25-1 chance of winning the Arkle in the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.

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