‘Our secret weapon’ – Henderson picks his handicapper to watch at the Festival

Nicky Henderson has a plethora of exciting young horses heading to the Cheltenham Festival but he named a handicap prospect who may not even make the…

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Jonbon and Nico De Boinville at morning schooling session at Nicky Henderson's Seven Barrows ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. PHOTO: Steve Davies

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OUR TRAINERS’ STATISTICS FOR THE CURRENT FLAT & JUMPS SEASONS

GB FLAT Current Season Jan 2024-Dec 2024

TRAINER WINS RUNS STRIKE % PRIZEMONEY
Clive Cox 2 12 17 £49,638
Mark Usher 6 33 18 £36,297
Jamie Osborne 2 27 7 £23,369
Ed Walker 2 17 12 £21,736
Stan Moore 2 17 12 £19,502
Richard Hughes 2 9 22 £12,749
Roger Teal 1 15 7 £12,213
Daniel & Claire Kübler 1 13 8 £11,901
Tom Dascombe 1 7 14 £11,779
Jonathan Portman 0 11 0 £10,134
Sylvester Kirk 0 6 0 £6,528
Owen Burrows 1 1 100 £6,156
William Muir & Chris Grassick 0 7 0 £2,694
Dominic Ffrench Davis 0 7 0 £2,116
Charles Hills 0 5 0 £1,908
Warren Greatrex 0 1 0 £300
Ali Stronge 0 1 0 £0
Tom Ward 0 6 0 £0
Henry Candy 0 2 0 £0
Seamus Durack 0 4 0 £0

GB JUMPS Current Season Apr 2023-Apr 2024

TRAINER WINS RUNS STRIKE % PRIZEMONEY
Nicky Henderson 73 322 23 £1,482,214
Jamie Snowden 36 183 20 £561,069
Harry Derham 27 99 27 £258,101
Warren Greatrex 16 126 13 £144,997
Oliver Signy 6 39 15 £39,479
Dominic Ffrench Davis 2 9 22 £18,902
Tom Dascombe 3 8 38 £17,991
Roger Teal 2 15 13 £15,439
Seamus Durack 0 6 0 £3,858
Daniel & Claire Kübler 0 2 0 £1,508
Ali Stronge 0 14 0 £835

News in Brief

Willie Mullins confirms Brown Advisory bid for Fact To File

Fact To File will contest the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at next month’s Cheltenham Festival, trainer Willie Mullins confirmed on Saturday. Owned by JP McManus, Fact To File had been among the market leaders for both the Brown Advisory on the second day of the festival and for the Turners Novices’ Chase on the following day. Fact To File defeated an out-of-sorts Gaelic Warrior in the Grade 1 Ladbrokes Novice Chase over 2m5½f at Leopardstown this month under jockey Mark Walsh.

National has a new favourite as weights are revealed

A new horse emerged as the Randox Grand National favourite in places as last year’s runner-up Vanillier usurped his Aintree conqueror Corach Rambler when the weights were revealed on Tuesday. Gavin Cromwell has had great success in British races this season, including the Grand National Trial at Haydock on Saturday with Yeah Man, and the trainer will be hoping his grey can make the most of a 9lb swing at the weights with last year’s victor.

Gary Moore targets Aintree glory with first Grand National runner

Gary Moore will resist the temptation of targeting the Gold Cup with Nassalam to give him the best chance of winning the Randox Grand National in a £1 million showdown set to be dominated by runners from Ireland. John and Yvonne Stone’s exciting seven-year-old will be kept fresh for a shot at the world’s most famous steeplechase at Aintree, fulfilling a lifelong dream for Moore, who in 30 years as a trainer has never had a runner in the race.

RECENT LAMBOURN WINNERS

8:00 Wolverhampton, 23rd February

Old Chums

Tom Dascombe

I probably ran him back a bit too soon last time. A couple of weeks later and he should go close, the wider draw won’t matter.

PRICE 3/1
7:30 Wolverhampton, 21st February

Avon Light

William Muir & Chris Grassick

Avon Light has run well in her last few runs, she is in good form at home so, hopefully, she will run to her form. It’s competitive and we are drawn on the outside so hopeful.

PRICE 9/1
2:55 Market Rasen, 20th February

Kado De Joie

Nicky Henderson

He was very disappointing last time at Kempton and we don’t know why so let’s hope for better today.

PRICE 4/1
12:00 Wolverhampton, 19th February

Dream Selection

Tom Dascombe

Dream Selection ran a fine race last time, just getting nailed on the line. Hopefully she can go one better tonight.

PRICE 7/2

You are spoilt for choice with our Lambourn trainers

THE Lambourn Valley, situated in the north-east corner of Berkshire, is recognised as one of the major racehorse training centres in the country.

With its superb facilities and wide-ranging gallops covering in excess of 500 acres and with more than 30 trainers to choose from – your racehorse could not be in a better place whether it be a flat or National Hunt horse. Our new website is here to provide the latest information of the day-to-day goings on in Lambourn plus quotations from all the day’s runners from our trainers (when available).

There is also information and contact details for all our trainers; the history of training horses in Lambourn; where to stay; our annual Lambourn Open Day – which is held on Good Friday (April 10th, 2020) and all the latest news.

Scamallach Liath and Paul O'Brien [right] wins at Ascot for trainer Harry Derham. Photo: Steve Davies
Scamallach Liath and Paul O'Brien [right] wins at Ascot for trainer Harry Derham. Photo: Steve Davies