Nicky Henderson’s Novice Hurdlers – entries for The Festival 2016

Horse / Breeding / Owner Festival entries Rating  Summary
ALTIOR

6 b g High Chaparral (IRE) – Monte Solaro (IRE) (Key Of Luck (USA))

Owner: Patricia Pugh

Supreme 154 Won Market Rasen bumper on debut in May, 2014; staying on third to Barter’s Hill in Newbury Feb, 2015 bumper on next start; sixth in Champion Bumper at Punchestown and unbeaten in four starts over hurdles (at around 2m) this term; won minor events at Chepstow and Ascot in October before a game 0.5l victory over Maputo in the G2 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Nov 15; has not run since defeating Open Eagle by 13l in novices’ hurdle at Kempton Park on Boxing Day
BADEN

5 gr g Martaline – Ma Sonate (USA) (Val De L’Orne (FR ))

Owner: Triermore Stud

Neptune Changed hands for £160,000 in May after winning a 3m Irish point-to-point; runner-up to North Hill Harvey (btn 4.5l) in 2m 1f novices’ hurdle at Cheltenham in December; shaped better than bare result suggests when fifth (btn 33l) by Yanworth in G2 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle (2m 4f 56y) at Cheltenham on Jan 30
BLOODY MARY

5 gr m Fragrant Mix (IRE) – Sacade (FR) (Robin Des Champs (FR ))

Owner: J P McManus

Won five bumpers on the trot and a hurdle race in France when trained by Alain Couetil; made a winning start for new connections in a 2m novices’ hurdle at Taunton on Feb 2, beating Banyu by 2.25l, won on seven of eight outings & unbeaten over hurdles
BRAIN POWER

5 b g Kalanisi (IRE) – Blonde Ambition (IRE) (Old Vic)

Owner: Michael Buckley

Supreme 134 Newcastle bumper winner in Feb, 2015 for James Jenkins; tenth in Champion Bumper (btn 26l) at Aintree on first start for current connections; decisive winner on hurdling debut at Kempton Park in November but no match for Charbel when runner-up (btn 11l) in Sky Bet Supreme Scottish Novices’ Hurdle at Musselburgh on Feb 7
BUVEUR D’AIR

5 b g Crillon (FR) – History (FR) (Alesso (USA))

Owner: Potensis Bloodstock Ltd & Chris Giles

Supreme Neptune 154 Won two bumpers in France before good efforts behind Barters Hill at Newbury (2nd) and Aintree (4th) last season; made eye-catching hurdling debut when brushing aside Champion Bumper third Wait For Me by 11l in a 2m novices’ hurdle at Newbury on Nov 27; not extended to win a minor contest by 7l at Huntingdon (2m) on Jan 29; half-brother to Ryanair World Hurdle runner-up Punchestowns
CHOCCA WOCCA

6 b m Kayf Tara – Chomba Womba (IRE) (Fourstars Allstar (USA))

Owner: Richard & Lizzie Kelvin Hughes

Bred by owners whose Trull House Stud sponsors the new mare’s novices’ hurdle at The Festival this year; first foal of high-class hurdler Chomba Womba who won three G2 prizes for the owners and trainer; easy 4l winner on debut in a 14f bumper at Ludlow in December, 2014; runner-up to Hollies Pearl in Listed mares’ bumper (2m 1f) at Aintree’s Grand National Festival in April. First run over hurdles on February 21 in a Market Rasen mares’ novice event resulted in a hard-fought neck victory.
CONSUL DE THAIX

4 b g Loxias (FR) – Mange De Thaix (FR) (Mont Basile (FR))

Owner: J P McManus

Supreme/

Triumph

Half-brother to stable’s high-class hurdler/chaser Volnay De Thaix; made encouraging debut for Francois Nicolle when narrowly denied in a 2m 2f hurdle at Auteuil in September; third to stablemate Protek Des Flos (btn 3l) on first run for current connections in G2 JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial at Cheltenham on Jan 30
FIXE LE KAP

4 gr g Kapgarde (FR) – Lady Fix (FR) (Turgeon (USA))

Owner: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Triumph 145 French import who shaped nicely in three starts over hurdles at Auteuil last spring; rallied to beat subsequent Listed scorer Tommy Silver by a length in a 2m juvenile hurdle at Newbury in December; stepped up on that when trouncing his rivals by 28l in a similar contest at Warwick on Jan 28: second in valuable Haydock Park juvenile hurdle on February 20 as long odds of favourite, rallying when beaten three quarters of a length by Frodon
HURRICANE HIGGINS

8 br g Hurricane Run (IRE) – Mare Aux Fees (Kenmare (FR))

Owner: Alan Spence

Bartlett Talented stayer on the Flat for Mark Johnston in 2012, winning Goodwood Handicap and finishing third in G2 Doncaster Cup; off track for over two years before returning in 2015 to win a 2m conditions race at Lingfield Park in February on first start for Nicky Henderson; has won only race over obstacles, 2m 1f novices’ hurdle at Aintree in May; not run since Royal Ascot in June, 2015
KHEZERABAD

4 ch g Dalakhani (IRE) – Khelwa (FR) (Traditionally (USA))

Owner: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Triumph Bred by HH Aga Khan and won first two starts on the Flat when trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre in France, including an 8l victory over 10f at Maisons-Laffitte; subsequently beaten Listed contests at Vichy and Deauville in high summer on only other starts; yet to run for present connections
MINELLA AWARDS

5 b g Oscar (IRE) – Montys Miss (IRE) (Presenting)

Owner: Potensis Bloodstock Ltd & Chris Giles

Neptune/

Bartlett

Irish point-to-point graduate; got within a 0.75l of Champers On Ice on hurdling debut (extended 2m 4f) at Newbury in November; only fifth (btn 19l) behind Ma Du Fou when favourite for Listed Sidney Banks Memorial Novices’ Hurdle at Huntingdon on Feb 11
O O SEVEN

6 b g Flemensfirth (USA) – Kestral Heights (IRE) (Eagle Eyed (USA))

Owner: Triermore Stud

Neptune/

Bartlett

150 Made impressive bumper debut at Huntingdon in December, 2014 and lined up in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at The Festival 2015, finishing 16th; won first two starts over hurdles this term at Huntingdon and Sandown Park before chasing home Yorkhill (btn 2.25l) in G1 Tolworth Hurdle back at Sandown Park on Jan 2, all over 2m; proved stamina for 3m when narrowly beating Fagan in the Albert Bartlett Scottish Trial, Musselburgh on Feb 7
PREMIER BOND

6 b g Kayf Tara – Celtic Native (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))

Owner: Middleham Park Racing XI

Neptune 137 Off the mark at third time of asking in a bumper at Ffos Las in April; runner-up to stablemate O O Seven in 2m novices’ hurdle at Sandown Park on Dec 5; got the better of subsequent winner William H Bonney by 4.5l in similar event at Newbury on Dec 29; tried 19.5 furlongs at Ascot on February 20 but could only finish 4th of 5 (btn 7.25l)
PROTEK DES FLOS

4 b g Protektor (GER) – Flore De Chantenay (FR) (Smadoun (FR))

Owner: Potensis Bloodstock Limited

Triumph Had two starts in France for trainer Serge Foucher, finishing fifth on the Flat in a 2m race at Saumur and second (btn 8l) in a Listed hurdle at Auteuil in September; 25/1 outsider of six on British debut when staying on well to win the G2 JCB Triumph Hurdle Trial by just over a length at Cheltenham on Jan 30; justified favouritism decisively in a minor event at Sandown Park on Feb 19, winning by four and a half lengths
ROBINS REEF

6 br m Robin Des Champs (FR) – Tropical Ocean (IRE) (Anshan)

Owner: Kelvin-Hughes & Bartlett

125 Purchased for €160,000 at Tattersalls Ireland in June, 2013; won two of her four starts in bumpers last season; scored comfortably by 4l on hurdling debut at Ludlow (2m) on Nov 12 before, staying on second (btn 4l) when odds-on for a mares’ novices’ hurdle (2m 3.5f) at Doncaster 16 days later
THEATRE TERRITORY

6 b m King’s Theatre (IRE) – Specifiedrisk (IRE) (Turtle Island (IRE))

Owner: Robert Waley-Cohen

Half-sister to G1 scorer Glencove Marina who cost connections £200,000 after winning an Irish point-to-point in May; third (btn 7.25l) to Copper Kay on Rules debut in a Listed mares’ bumper at Cheltenham on Nov 14 under owner’s son Sam; second in a similar race at Ascot on February 20 when favourite

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