Henderson stars ready to shine
Our gallops reporter has been down to Lambourn to see some of Nicky Henderson's 'Super Saturday' team work.
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Nicky Henderson exercised the posse of horses that will represent him on 'Super Saturday' at Newbury.
The performances of his team should have a bearing on markets for the likes of the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Supreme Novices' Hurdle, RSA Chase, County Hurdle and the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.
SIMONSIG is very much the standard-bearer at Henderson's local course when he takes on more experienced horses for the first time in the Betfair Super Saturday Chase.
The spring-heeled grey bids to follow on from Sprinter Sacre's Newbury win last year as he takes a final step towards the Arkle Trophy.
He oozes class at home as well as on the track and looked in tremendous form in his latest piece of faster work at Seven Barrows.
Nothing has managed to get him off the bridle in novice chases at Ascot and Kempton, and it must be doubtful that anything will get within hailing distance of him in the old Game Spirit Chase, a recognised trial for the two-mile championship but one Henderson is exploiting to great effect with his novices.
Henderson will probably throw plenty of ammunition at the Betfair Handicap Hurdle, with MY TENT OR YOURS as short as 7-2 following a big ante post plunge on the JP McManus-owned gelding.
Should the ground get better, it will not be against this notoriously hard-puller, while easier conditions will ideally suit the ex-Irish CASH AND GO.
The latter has been in good form schooling and working at home since an annoying fall in The Ladbroke at Ascot, before he'd been asked to take closer order.
My Tent Or Yours is high up in the betting for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle, but for several weeks the plan has been to let him take his chance here.
From his seemingly bottomless pit of reserves, Henderson may also unleash RIVER MAIGUE and CHATTERBOX in the opening novices' hurdle on Saturday.
River Maigue has always worked like a class act and shone in his latest faster bit, suggesting he will take in this race as his prep for the Supreme.
Chatterbox floored My Tent Or Yours here earlier in the season and will clearly be happier with some cut underfoot.
Others to go well in some half-speed work included HADRIAN'S APPROACH and CAPTAIN CUTTER, the latter looking poised for a crack at the concluding bumper on Saturday.