Minella makes appeal for future

  • By: David John
  • Last Updated: November 29 2012, 15:57 GMT

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Henderson: Trains Minella Forfitness
Henderson: Trains Minella Forfitness

Nicky Henderson's recent interview with Will Hayler at his Seven Barrows yard was extremely revealing as he discussed the frustration felt by trainers during this prolonged period of wet weather.

It has become a common sight to see fields slogging through bottomless ground over the past month and Henderson - along with every other trainer I'm sure - is worried about ripping the guts out of a horse at this still relatively early stage of the campaign.

The conditions also play havoc with attempting to weigh up form with last weekend again becoming a war of attrition at Ascot and Haydock after they managed to just about defy the elements.

One horse to catch the eye though was the Henderson-trained Minella Forfitness after his third in the maiden hurdle at the Berkshire venue.

A former point-to-pont and bumper winner, he travelled like the best horse in the race until the home straight before running out of gas over the final two flights.

He looks well capable of winning a race so here is hoping - like Henderson - that he will get an opportunity soon on better ground.

Conversely, Gullinbursti is a horse who loves the mud and had plenty in his favour ahead of a hot novice chase contest at Haydock last Friday.

He was not unfancied at 7/2 for Emma Lavelle against some promising rivals but dropped out after the third last fence and came home in his own time.

He was found to have produced a dirty scope following the race and hopefully he can show more like it in the near future as he remains a young chaser of great promise.

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