Henderson team in action
Our gallops reporter heads to Nicky Henderson's Seven Barrows yard to run the rule over his weekend runners.
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Nicky Henderson worked and schooled some of his horses at Seven Barrows midweek, with his weekend runners in action including BEAR'S AFFAIR.
The gelding, winner of a competitive handicap on his return to action at Aintree, has risen in the ratings for that success but that hasn't stopped him being the one early birds have 'wanted' for the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton.
Bear's Affair was the early mover in the ante-post market for Saturday's race and has hardened as favourite.
Having dispelled any lingering doubts about his ability to handle testing ground at Aintree, the gelding should act on any going come the weekend and he looked in excellent form doing some half-speed work.
OSCARA DARA was in no way disgraced to run Cantlow close on his chase debut at Plumpton but connections are undecided whether to stick to the fencing route or revert back to hurdles.
He is also in the Lanzarote but has the alternative of a novice chase on Friday at Huntingdon.
Whichever way connections decide to tread he seems in very good order.
RIVER MAIGUE has been given a rating of 136 ahead of his probable handicap debut at the same Kempton meeting.
This fellow was the smoothest of scorers on his second run back, having been just in need of the run when second on his Cheltenham reappearance.
A willing worker, he seems in good heart and looks one to follow closely through the remainder of the campaign.
FORGOTTEN VOICE is now on a mark of 140 and is another that could go down the handicap route at Kempton, although he has the ability to go a long way as a novice. The former Hunt Cup winner is waiting for better ground, having had a couple of opportunities wiped-out by the inclement weather.