Horse Racing: Nicky Henderson’s form among three things we learned last week

Tony McFadden of Timeform highlights three points of interest from the past week.

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Nicky Henderson could hardly be in better form

We may be in the midst of the Flat season but there has also been plenty of jumping taking place. If considering a bet on a jumps meeting in the coming days it’s worth bearing in mind the outstanding form of the Nicky Henderson yard. His sensational form has rather gone under the radar as most people are understandably in ‘Flat mode’, but his 13 winners from last 26 runners is some achievement.

At one stage that record stood at 11 winners from 16 runners!

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Yarmouth novice is a race to follow

The seven furlong novice at Yarmouth last Friday featured plenty of well-bred colts from leading yards, and it should prove an excellent source of winners. The race was won by Godolphin’s New Science, who earned a rating of 85P for his decisive length-and-a-half success.

The Timeform ‘large P’, which is used to denote that significant improvement is expected, is a symbol that is used sparingly, and New Science is one of only three juveniles in the top 100 with the ‘large P’.

He was by no means the only good prospect on show, however, as runner-up Reach For The Moon was also a notable eyecatcher and did some good late work after showing obvious signs of inexperience.

In fact, the first seven home all created a favourable impression on debut and look likely to improve for the experience. It was probably one of the better two-year-old races run in Britain this season and is form to follow.

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Champ Kiely a fine prospect for hurdling

There was plenty of talk last week after big-money buys Classic Getaway (Timeform rating 101p) and Grangeclare West (105p) made winning bumper debuts, but Willie Mullins also introduced another nice prospect in Champ Kiely (102). His bumper debut wasn’t accompanied by as much hype – he had unseated in his only start in points – but he looks one to follow in novice hurdles later in the year based on his promising success at Limerick. He only won by half a length, but the front pair pulled 16 lengths clear, and Champ Kiely certainly looks to have the physique for jumping.

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