Henderson evens for trainers' title
Nicky Henderson is even-money favourite to win back the National Hunt Trainers' Championship, after Paul Nicholls was confirmed as the 2013/14 winner on the final day of the season at Sandown.
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Nicholls expressed his surprise at winning the title and acknowledged the impact injuries to the likes of Sprinter Sacre and Simonsig had on Henderson's season.
Henderson has provided an upbeat report on the former, who remains favourite at 7/2 for next season's Champion Chase despite 4/1 shot Sire De Grugy capping a fine season with victory in the Celebration Chase, and that he's widely fancied to win back the crown he won convincingly in 2013.
Ladbrokes do have both trainers at evens but Coral's 7/4 makes Nicholls clear second-favourite, with Jonjo O'Neill next at 8/1 and David Pipe out at 33s.
As well as an impressive enough victory for Sire De Grugy, Sandown's card saw Hadrian's Approach foil a late gamble on Burton Port in the bet365 Gold Cup while Menorah earned 33/1 quotes for the King George after he strode to a convincing success in the bet365 Oaksey Chase.
On the level, Angel Gabrial was cut from 25/1 into 16s for the Chester Cup having impressed at Ripon in a victory which ensured another rollover in the totescoop6.
The combined pools stood at £3,874,083 when the first leg went off making the weekend's bet the most valuable in Scoop6 history.
The final 16 tickets were eliminated by the Richard Fahey-trained Angel Gabrial, who triggered a rollover of £2,096,863 in the win pot and £1,777,220 in the bonus.
Early estimates are next weekend's Scoop6 pools will hit £5m for the first time since the bet was launched almost 15 years ago.
Andrew Griffiths, spokesman for totepool, said: "The Scoop6 continues to get bigger and bigger, with punters pumping more than £1.6m into today's pools.
"It looked odds-on to be won considering the huge investment, but Dispour dealt punters an early blow and they never bounced back.
"History will be made next weekend when the Scoop6 pools are expected to hit £5m."