Nicky Henderson’s Hurdlers – entries for The Festival 2016

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11b g Bob Back (USA) – Fashionista (IRE) (King’s Theatre (IRE))

Owner: The Not Afraid Partnership

World 150 (ch)

150 (h)

Three-time G1 winner at The Festival between 2011-2013, winning the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle, RSA Chase and Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup; has not won over fences since running down First Lieutenant in the G1 Lexus Chase at Leopardstown in Dec 2013; a return to hurdles saw him beat stablemate Simonsig in a 2m 4f hurdle at Aintree in November; well-beaten on two subsequent starts

7 b g Presenting – Ballygill Heights (IRE) (Symboli Heights (FR))

Owner: J P McManus

153 In great form last spring, capturing the Pertemps Network Final at The Festival and finishing second (btn hd) to Taglietelle in a valuable G3 handicap at Aintree’s Grand National Festival; only start this season came when eight to stablemate Cup Final in a Pertemps Qualifier at Musselburgh on Feb 7

7 ch g Presenting – Asian Maze (IRE) (Anshan)

Owner: J P McManus

139 Lightly-races 7yo who returned from over a year off to win a Pertemps Qualifier (3m 2f) comfortably at Mussleburgh on February 7; other triumph over hurdles came in a 2m 6f handicap at Sandown Park in Dec, 2014; 10th to Faugheen in Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival in 2014; second foal of top-class mare Asian Maze

6 b g High Chaparral (IRE) – Newtown Dancer (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))

Owner: Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes

JLT 149 (h) £140,000 Irish point-to-point winner; won three of four starts over hurdles last season, headlined by a 3l victory over A Vos Gardes in the Listed Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle (extended 2m 3f) at Huntingdon in February, 2015; won easily at Ayr on final start of last season; first run for 10 months when won impressively by 16l under top-weight in Ascot 2m 3f handicap hurdle on February 20

5 gr g Sinndar (IRE) – Horasana (FR) (Galileo (IRE))

Owner: J P McManus

Champion 157 Won two of five starts over hurdles last season, including Listed contest at Musselburgh in February; subsequently finished third (btn 4.5l) to stable mate Peace And Co in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival (stable has first three); three runs this season, including third-placed finishes in both the G2 International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Dec 12 to Old Guard and the G1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park to Faugheen a fortnight later; worked with fellow Stan James Champion Hurdle hope My Tent Or Yours at Kempton Park on February 12

6 b g Beneficial – Inflation (FR) (Port Etienne (FR))

Owner: Alan Spence

145 Irish point-to-point winner in May, 2014; created big impression when winning by 26l on hurdling debut at Market Rasen (extended 2m 2f) in January, 2015, but did not run again last season; fell when looking in control of a conditions hurdle (2m) at Ascot in November; sixth (btn 13.5l) behind Rock The Kasbah in a G3 handicap hurdle (extended 2m 3f) at the same venue on January 23

9 b g (Desert Prince (IRE) – Spartan Girl (IRE) (Ela-Mana-Mou)

Owner: J P McManus

Champion 161 Runner-up in both the 2013 G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and 2014 G1 Stan James Champion Hurdle, beaten a neck by Jezki, at The Festival; six victories over hurdles include a Betfair Hurdle, Fighting Fifth Hurdle and a Christmas Hurdle; been out of action since finishing third in the G2 Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr in April, 2014; had a racecourse gallop at Kempton Park on February 12

5 b g Falco (USA) – Peace Lina (FR) (Linamix (FR))

Owner: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Champion 157 The leading juvenile hurdler last season; won three from three, culminating with a victory over stable mates Top Notch and Hargam in the JCB Triumph Hurdle at The Festival by a neck and four lengths; far too free when last of six (btn 21) on comeback in the G2 International Hurdle at Cheltenham in December; beaten at odds-on again when third in the Listed Contenders Hurdle at Sandown Park on February 6; has subsequently had a minor wind operation

8 b m Shantou (USA) – Miss Denman (IRE) (Presenting)

Owner: Lady Tennant & Robert Waley-Cohen

OLBG 149 Has won seven of her 15 starts over hurdles and was beaten a head by Glens Melody in 2015 G1 OLBG Mares’ Hurdle at The Festival; she ended last season with victory in open company at Sandown Park in April; beaten on her comeback in a 3m Listed race at Kempton Park in December but returned to winning ways, running on gamely, in a Listed mares’ hurdle (2m 4f) at Sandown Park on Jan 2

7 b g Kayf Tara – Irish Wedding (IRE) (Bob Back (USA))

Owner: Matt & Lauren Morgan

Champion 153 Recorded a facile victory in a Listed handicap hurdle at Ascot in November, 2014; went down by a neck to Cheltenian in the G2 Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr in April; shaped with promise on comeback at Ascot in October before easily winning a 12f Flat maiden on Tapeta at Wolverhampton on Dec 5; has not run since finishing last of five (btn 37l) in G1 Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park on Boxing Day

5 b g Poliglote – Topira (FR) (Pistolet Bleu (IRE))

Owner: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Champion 158 French import who went into The Festival last year unbeaten in five starts over hurdles; found only stablemate Peace And Co a neck too strong in the G1 JCB Triumph Hurdle; started this campaign with two runs in the space of a week, finishing second to Irving at Haydock Park and Identity Thief in the G1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle; disappointed when upped to 2m 4f at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day but bounced back to win Morebattle Hurdle (2m 2f) by 12l at Kelso on Feb 18

8 b g Astarabad (USA) – Belle Yepa (FR) (Mansonnien (FR))

Owner: Walters Plant Hire Ltd

World 164 Won Coral Cup at The Festival in 2014 and finished fifth (btn 10.5l) behind Cole Harden in G1 Ryanair World Hurdle last year; reversed form with Cole Harden to win the G1 Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree’s Grand National Festival for the second year in succession; two runs this season, coming home last of five (btn 31l) behind Thistlecrack in G2 Long Distance Hurdle (3m) at Newbury in November before pulling up at Cheltenham on Jan 1

Above: List of Nicky Henderson’s Hurdlers – entries for Cheltenham Festival 2016:

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