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  • top of everybody's wish list of yards to visit ahead of the Children festival has to be seven Barrows, and the man at the helm is Nicky Henderson, O B.

  • Who is this country's leading trainer at the festival.

  • We've come here to seven Barrows on a day where there's been wind, rain, hail and now, thankfully, sunshine to meet his All Star cast.

  • And, of course, the horse that will be taking center stage is none other Ben lt first half of the season was a bit of a mismatch, really, because we got involved in an idea that he stayed.

  • I'm sure he would.

  • But that race was son named, absolutely, bottomed him way, just had to pull right back and start all over again.

  • And it was great that he came back.

  • There was sort of so much greater than it is.

  • If it gone some way, hadn't gone anywhere, he just actually happened to get beaten for the first time.

  • He was very tired that day and to be fair, I think so was surname.

  • Yeah, they had a very, very tough race in appalling ground both first time out.

  • I think that's really what got them is that it was their first run of the year and they weren't.

  • You know, we certainly weren't primed for what happened on DDE.

  • You know, in that grand, we shouldn't run, But you couldn't come out of it because the world would killed us because they've been such hype about this great match.

  • But in that ground, I wouldn't normally over on him.

  • Anyway, we saw that customary finishing kick at Newbury.

  • And the game of spirit, I thought was interesting Watching it was a very sensitive and thoughtful right.

  • I thought that Nico gave else you'll with the future of mind and oversee the one that you wanted emit that new breeze to get the confidence back.

  • Not that Not that that would be Nate, where either, but it was bound to be gentlemen and be back on the race course after what had happened.

  • It ask it, um on and he was He was bound to just be ableto think about it.

  • He didn't He jump.

  • Very well.

  • Um, on dhe, he had a good blow.

  • The third last a lot.

  • It said, Oh, gosh, he's He's not going that well.

  • Well, in fact, Nika was just having to sit still for you don't have to sit still for very long.

  • It's a bit like taking a bit stop in the ground brief.

  • They could do that in three seconds.

  • You can actually have a pit stop in a race.

  • Only take three seconds, but so what it takes to fill up on.

  • Then he was off again, and then when he pressed the button after the last, you know, got to say everything still works and that was great.

  • Now he's a remarkable horse as we know he's going into his lease one already four times that the festival.

  • He's going for 1/3 Queen, Mother champion chase.

  • But I think in the past he's claimed some really notable scalps.

  • This year, though, she can post war and especially my opinion.

  • Definitely Soy represented a new challenge for him, but they do.

  • I mean, there's no doubt this is a very, very competitive renewal and even if you go back to sprinters years, you know, when he was sort of starting at 3 to 1 on every time and that was horrible because nothing but something brilliant was going to make everybody happy.

  • Lucky, he did.

  • But, um, you know, this time this is a proper, very, very competitive and over race.

  • I was hoping definite would go.

  • Ryan Air wanted everything to persuade J P to do so.

  • But then just to make sure I knew that he wasn't going to, he took him out of the Ryan.

  • I didn't even leave him in the last four fit stage, so I knew my fate that had failed there.

  • Um, he's looked very good old year.

  • He's also undoubtedly love soft ground.

  • Um, I think the ground could be a big factor.

  • Results you're is a much better horse on good ground.

  • Um, it's in very soft ground.

  • I really would be very a huge respect for definite sorry anyway, but, you know, the balance would switch.

  • I think, according to the ground, you're very happy with him.

  • I'm happy with him.

  • He hasn't done anything since Anything serious since knew Bree, but he'll be starting away again this week.

  • I mean, we've got three weeks to go.

  • So here's where we wanted my Hope Hills.

  • Lord Booth leading trainer in the Champion Hurdle.

  • It's a race that you've made your own.

  • It looks like you have a really strong challenge.

  • The strongest of anyone, I think this year headed.

  • I think my epitaph.

  • The Philly we saw the mayor that we saw this morning, who's looked very good in her victory is the last time you saw her.

  • There was Christmas.

  • Are you happy with where she's at?

  • Works.

  • Great.

  • You didn't very, very good form.

  • I mean, she was good.

  • She was good at Newbury.

  • She was good.

  • A TTE Christmas.

  • We haven't run a sense that was virtually on purpose.

  • She will have a race horse galloped between now and then.

  • Um, to be fair, I mean, I think a lot of paper said, you know, she didn't.

  • I thought this time last year she was one of our best chances of the week, Um, in the mayor's novice.

  • But it didn't work at all.

  • It was disappointing.

  • But then what was the reason for that was, Well, the problem we've had last year with a lot of the horses is that we'd had when the flu outbreak, um, appeared that the the vaccination rules were changed.

  • We've felt Fowler of the the period that was required, so we had to re vaccinate all the horses the equivalent of last week on some, it doesn't affect it.

  • All others.

  • It knocks him sideways.

  • On day, there were three or four that didn't show up.

  • Children showed that went there, but they didn't mean it.

  • You just weren't sure which, which affected what?

  • Um, you're my opinion.

  • That is the only explanation I have.

  • She was the same.

  • We're 45 that round.

  • Very disappointing me.

  • Andre were undoubtedly still affected by it.

  • You wouldn't normally want to run them in that times.

  • Good, you.

  • But we were forced to, so we had to just face it and hope for the best.

  • Luckily found four that hadn't, you know I haven't been affected by it.

  • Lead.

  • Some horses just coped with it better than others.

  • I think it's like humans as well.

  • You have a gut instinct of How could she could be because you've done so well in that particular race for those particular colors.

  • And you think of Beauvoir dare and binoculars.

  • You know, my tend to yours and finishing second in different.

  • He's retired.

  • Yeah, I think she's a good fit.

  • It there's no doubt about that.

  • She's working very very well.

  • At the moment.

  • She seems in good form.

  • Yeah, she was.

  • She was good.

  • New read.

  • 47 Handicap, Mitchell.

  • The Christmas order Look that was There's always that state worry that she brought a bit last year a chaplain when she was, well, fancied.

  • Um, you'd have to say probably that are ridden.

  • Camped in and Christmas is probably the most impressive off to my performance that we've seen this year.

  • I thought, Um, but there may be, Is that question mark.

  • Mickey's got things.

  • Got 45 in the jumping.

  • Unrepentant.

  • That's another one, I suppose, that's been beat the competition.

  • It's an open.

  • It's an open champion.

  • Horrible.

  • I think if you're a jockey, you'd be, I think if you were given the choice to ride one of the moment, I think you definitely big capital.

  • She looks Theo class and the speed and yeah, I think.

  • I think if she hadn't blown a challenge last year, you know that's the only little question mark you have.

  • Is that what happened last year for whatever, for whatever reason, if that's the reason that hopefully.

  • But it said, From what I've seen visually this year, if you were to pick a right as a jockey for the Chapman.

  • There's no question you Picard, Pelin Hills at Cheltenham, obviously one last year.

  • Then again, entry.

  • What he seems to need is a the conditions of being a big field in a faster on race.

  • That's sort of content traveler resident, and you're very, very good jumper.

  • I think both times this year probably traveled a little bit too well.

  • He's been doing a little bit too much and if any weight, you're not quite getting home.

  • But, um, we have just tinkered with these palate, but that's very, very simple.

  • I don't think a person it was my idea.

  • But on the other hand, I'm not sure it's gonna make any difference.

  • But it's just trying to make sure there isn't something there.

  • Um, you can't tell.

  • So just do it.

  • Um, he is good.

  • He's traveled in both his races this year like it's the best horse in the race.

  • Hasn't quite got home.

  • I can forgiven, forgiven both times.

  • But I mean, the first time in the international was his first run.

  • It was very soft.

  • Um, we were lucky we had called me Lord in the race you wanted anyway.

  • But, um, he just didn't quite get up the hill that day.

  • We know he does get up here because he flew up it in the triumph last year, but now he's in very good form.

  • He worked the weekend.

  • He was really good on.

  • The intention is to run the others as well.

  • Absolutely the only one you be slightly nervous about would be Madonna Blue in the You know, nobody needs reminding.

  • It's been the wettest winter we've ever seen.

  • And there are only two going descriptions for the whole of this week.

  • They're gonna be heavy on abandoned, that's all.

  • Raise.

  • There's nothing else while waterlogged.

  • Mostly no options that this well, I mean, it's got to dry up.

  • I mean, we've got to have, you know, a good you know, those three weeks on end.

  • A lot can happen in three weeks.

  • I don't want to start happening there.

  • Santini them for the Gold Cup.

  • But he was brilliant in the cultural tastes, and it was lovely to see this whole sue so talented just rise to the occasion, having a sort of uninterrupted preparation into it, because previously there's been wanted.

  • Thio niggling things with him.

  • We'll only last year thatwas because again, flu jab for a start.

  • Meant he couldn't run in the rental.

  • Stan, he came in with two runs of offenses under his belt, which is not a lot to be coming into the e r s A.