More joy for Henderson at Newbury

  • Last Updated: December 28 2013, 17:43 GMT

A review of the rest of the action from Newbury, where Nicky Henderson and Venetia Williams were the trainers to follow.

Venetia Williams: Double landed at Newbury
Venetia Williams: Double landed at Newbury

Not content with landing the Lexus Chase in Ireland and the Newbury highlight of the Challow Hurdle with Captain Cutter, Nicky Henderson sent out two other winners at his local track.

Henderson combined with Tony McCoy to win the Betfred Introductory Hurdle with Stand To Reason (11/8).

He made a bad mistake at the third-last but managed to recover and was left clear when Wilde Blue Yonder fell at the last, eventually winning by 16 lengths from Midnight Thunder.

McCoy said: "He's a classy type of horse. The mistake properly stopped me and he did well to come back on the bridle."

The Dai Walters-owned Whisper provided the middle leg of the treble in the Betfred Racing Follow Us On Facebook Handicap Hurdle.

Andrew Tinkler oozed confidence on the 13/8 favourite, who was much too strong for Pateese after an improved exhibition of jumping

Henderson's assitant Patrick Harty said: "For some strange reason he didn't jump at Sandown but we schooled him and he was much better today, winning as we hoped he would."

Venetia Williams' Baradari (11/4) gained a 25-1 quote from Sky Bet for the Triumph Hurdle after scoring by five lengths in the opening Betfred Fun And Friendly Juvenile Hurdle.

Williams said: "I'm very pleased that he's gone and done that. It's always nice to see a juvenile off the Flat handling these testing conditions.

"I was keen for Aidan (Coleman, jockey) to hold onto him until after the last."

Williams, Coleman and Andrew Brooks made it a double - a first for the owner - when Saroque (5/2 favourite) landed the Betfred Mobile Lotto Novices' Limited Handicap Chase.

Brooks said: "All credit to Venetia who found both my winners today.

"My best horse is Katenko who fell in the Hennessy. We were a bit down in the dumps that day but then you have days like these that make it all so worthwhile"

Oliver Sherwood's remarkable hot streak was capped when Financial Climate (4/1) outbattled long-time leader Faultless Feelings to capture the Betfred Mandarin Handicap Chase.

Providing the trainer with an across-the-card double following Deputy Dan's facile win at Chepstow, Financial Climate was ably assisted by conditional Thomas Garner, grinding it out the better on the run to the line to score by three-quarters of a length.

In an incident-filled race, Shaking Hands fell and brought down Restless Harry at an early fence, but from the last the outcome only concerned the principals.

Sherwood said: "After falling and hurting himself at Stratford, he needed his last race at Fontwell. I was surprised there were so few runners."

Vukovar, whose tall reputation took a knock when he was beaten on his debut for Harry Fry at Warwick, did much to put the record straight as he proved different class to his foes in the Betfred Racing's Biggest Supporter Novices' Chase.

The youngest member of the four-horse field as a four-year-old, Noel Fehily's mount, the 4/6 favourite, soon had market rival Open Hearted on the stretch.

His only blemish came three out when according to Fehily he brushed through the obstacle, but he maintained a relentless gallop to come home 21 lengths clear.

Danny Charlesworth, spokesman for owners GDM Partnership, said: "It was a good performance. We were a little bit disappointed at Warwick but found that he'd choked, so we put a tongue tie on today.

"He's still only a four-year-old and has a bright future."


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