Sunday, 19 November 2017

November Meeting: Jenkins 'completely different' ahead of Greatwood gamble

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Nicky Henderson is hoping the well-regarded Jenkins can 'show what he's capable of', as the quirky yet exciting hurdler leads a 16 runner field in the Greatwood Hurdle (3:00).

The five-year-old has always been one of the leading prospects for the Lambourn trainer, and has boasted two wins from three over hurdles but failed to live up to the very exciting level he showed as a bumper winner, and runner-up.

Despite missing the Cheltenham Festival, he returned to winning ways when last seen at Ffos Las in April and has been the big gamble of the week with his price tumbling from 20-1 to 9-2 for the two mile handicap.

"He’s quite a highly publicised horse in the fact that he is doing everything on reputation but is yet to really do what I know he’s capable of," Henderson told his Unibet blog.

"We pulled out of Ascot a couple of weeks ago because the ground was a little too soft for him and it would have to be a bit of a worry again here but he carries a nice low weight and Bassy hasn’t been able to eat for a week so I better run him!

"I don’t know where he was last year, he just went awol and couldn’t gallop nor jump, but he seems back to himself now and is a much more confident horse and I’m hoping you’ll see a completely different person this time around.

"Let’s hope he can start to finally show us what he’s capable of."

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The New One is seeking a seventh victory at Cheltenham this afternoon

London Prize was an encouraging three length winner of the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton last week, and makes a surprise return after only six days for Ian Williams. Former Festival winner Flying Tiger was third that day, and the pair race again.

The New One will carry top weight for Nigel Twiston-Davies. The multiple Graded winner was last seen winning on his return at Ffos Las, and champion jockey Richard Johnson takes the ride.

Dan Skelton is represented by Mohaayed, who was victorious at Market Rasen on his last outing.

Harry Fry's Misterton was an encouraging winner at Chepstow last time out and has been raised 7lb by the handicapper, meanwhile Brian Ellison's Nietzsche hopes to make it four from eight over hurdles.

JP McManus is triple handed in the two mile showdown. Former Festival winner Ivanovic Gorbatov joins Tigris River and Project Bluebook.

The likes of Old Guard, Chesterfield, Elgin and William H Bonney also take their chance.

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