Nicky Henderson’s Chasers – entries for The Festival 2016

Horse / Breeding / Owner Festival entries Rating Summary
CAPTAIN CONAN

9 b g Kingsalsa (USA) – Lavandou (Sadler’s Wells (USA))

Owner: Triermore Stud

Ryanair Chase 147 Successful three times in Grade One company back in 2012/13 season; has been lightly-raced since and missed all of last season. Has made two appearances this season, finishing fourth to The New One in G2 Champion Hurdle Trial at Haydock Park in January and third to Top Gamble in G2 Game Spirit Chase at Newbury on Feb 13, well beaten both times
COCKTAILS AT DAWN

8 b g Fair Mix (IRE) – Fond Farewell (IRE) (Phardante (FR))

Owner: Robin Geffen & Sir John Ritblat

153 Three-time winner who enjoyed biggest success in novices’ handicap chase at Sandown Park in April, 2015; made a winning return to action at Chepstow in October but not seen out since coming 14th in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham in Nov
JOSSES HILL

8 b g Winged Love (IRE) – Credora Storm (IRE) (Glacial Storm (USA))

Owner: Alan Spence

Ryanair Chase 158 Success in Grade Two company over hurdles at Aintree in 2014 and two-time winner over fences; was second to Vautour in 2014 G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival and third to Un De Sceaux in 2015 G1 Racing Post Arkle Trophy Chase; comfortable winner of a graduation chase at Kempton Park in Feb
MA FILLEULE

8 gr m Turgeon (USA) – Kadaina (FR) (Kadalko (FR))

Owner: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Ryanair Chase 150 High-class mare who has won eight races; narrowly defeated at The Festival in 2014 when runner-up in the Ultima Handicap Chase behind Holywell; went on to win the Topham Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree the same year; winless in five starts last season but twice runner-up at Grade One level in the Ryanair Chase at The Festival and in Betfair Ascot Chase; back to winning ways in Listed mares’ chase at Doncaster in December; pulled up in G1 Betfair Ascot Chase at Ascot on February 20 after being prominent for a long way
SPRINTER SACRE (pictured)

10 b/br g Network (GER) – Fatima III (FR) (Bayolidaan (FR))

Owner: Caroline Mould

Queen Mother 170 Successful on 12 of his 16 starts over fences, including seven Grade Ones, and already a dual winner at The Festival, with seven-length win in 2012 G1 Irish Independent Arkle Trophy Chase and imperious 12-length victory in 2013 G1 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase; was on the sidelines for majority of 2013/14 campaign with an irregular heartbeat and then winless in three starts last season; has returned to form this season with victories in G2 Shloer Chase at Cheltenham and G2 Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park in December, when he got the better of 2014 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase victor Sire De Grugy.
TRIOLO D’ALENE

9 ch g Epalo (GER) – Joliette D´Alene (FR) (Garde Royale))

Owner: Sandy & Caroline Orr

Ryanair Chase 155 Enjoyed finest hour when successful in 2013 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury; victorious over the Grand National fences in 2013 Topham Chase at Aintree; restricted to two runs last season but returned to action this campaign with 49-length victory in Listed three-runner handicap chase at Kempton Park on Jan 9; disappointed when well-beaten fifth in G1 Betfair Ascot Chase at Ascot on February 20

 

 

 

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