57 entered for StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle

Thursday, October 30, 2014 – Vaniteux headlines 57 entries (up from 45 in 2013) for the £100,000 Grade Three StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham on the third and final day of The Open, Sunday, November 16.

The five-year-old is one of six entered by trainer Nicky Henderson and was last seen out when third to Vautour in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival in March.

Henderson could also rely on JCB Triumph Hurdle runner-up Kentucky Hyden, dual Newbury scorer Volnay De Thaix and the highly-regarded but fragile Hammersly Lake. Sign Of A Victory and Area Fifty One complete the Seven Barrows sextet.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has eight possibles, the most of any handler, headed by Irving. The German import looked high-class when winning a pair of Grade Two events at Ascot and Kempton Park last season but disappointed when ninth behind Vautour at Cheltenham.

Also among the Nicholls’ contingent are Calipto, who was touched off by Tiger Roll in the Masterson Holdings Hurdle at The Showcase on October 18, Vibrato Valtat and Katgary.

Hawk High, trained by Tim Easterby and owned by Trevor Hemmings, held off Katgary by three quarters of a length in an eventful finish to the Grade Three Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at The Festival.

The son of High Chaparral was only 10th on his final outing last season in Aintree’s Grade One Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary 4-Y-O Hurdle, but made a successful reappearance in a valuable handicap hurdle at the same course on October 25. He won by a length and three quarters from Eagle Rock (Tom Tate) with Garde La Victoire (Philip Hobbs) back in third.

Easterby said: “I have entered Hawk High in the StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle and it is something we will consider. There is also an intermediate hurdle that he could go for.

“He has come out of the weekend in great form. It was a good performance and he was a big enough price, but I thought he would run well.

“The handicapper has put him up 8lb for winning a length and three quarters, which I thought was a bit harsh. He is a lovely horse though and one to look forward to.”

David Pipe took the StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle with Dell’ Arca in 2013 and has two contenders this year. The pair are decisive Grade Three Imperial Cup winner Baltimore Rock, who also came home second in Grade Two company at Aintree, and talented mare Swing Bowler.

Get Me Out Of Here, four times a runner-up at The Festival, and recent Wetherby winner Goodwood Mirage are the possible representatives for Jonjo O’Neill, while Alan King has entered on Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle third Montbazon and the progressive Lazer Blazer.

There are 11 entries from Ireland, including five from the stable of champion trainer Willie Mullins. The Closutton handler has put in Wicklow Brave, who looked exciting prior to disappointing at the spring festivals, recent Irish November Handicap victor Clondaw Warrior and the Susannah Ricci-owned Daneking.

Gordon Elliott has entered Coral Cup third Bayan and Taglietelle, while Tony Martin’s pair feature improving four-year-old Cassells Rock, who was second in a valuable handicap on Irish Champions Weekend.

2012 Stan James Champion Hurdle hero Rock On Ruby (Harry Fry) is also engaged along with impressive 888sport Hurdle victor Exitas (Philip Middleton) and Olofi (Tom George), who took the StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle spoils in 2012.

Broughton is one of six entries for John Ferguson, while other notables include 2012 Weatherbys Champion Bumper runner-up Regal Encore (Anthony Honeyball), course scorer Roman Flight (David Dennis) and Blue Heron, who took a Listed hurdle by four lengths at Kempton Park on October 19.

The StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle
£100,000 total prize fund, Cheltenham, Sunday, November 16, 2014. Two miles and half a furlong. For four-year-old and upwards. Penalties: after November 2, a winner of a hurdle 5lb, no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb. Entries closed October 28, entries revealed October 30 (57 entries), weights revealed November 5. Five-day confirmations November 10, final declarations November 14 – maximum field of 24.

ROCK ON RUBY (IRE) 9 The Festival Goers Harry Fry
PURPLE BAY (IRE) 5 Bloomfields John Ferguson
GET ME OUT OF HERE (IRE) 10 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
SEA LORD (IRE) 7 Bloomfields John Ferguson
IRVING 6 Axom XLIX Paul Nicholls
VANITEUX (FR) 5 Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes Nicky Henderson
KENTUCKY HYDEN (IRE) 4 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
HAWK HIGH (IRE) 4 Trevor Hemmings Tim Easterby
BLUE HERON (IRE) 6 Horwood Harriers Partnership Dan Skelton
MONTBAZON (FR) 7 David Sewell Alan King
WICKLOW BRAVE 5 Wicklow Bloodstock Limited Willie Mullins IRE
VOLNAY DE THAIX (FR) 5 Judy Wilson Nicky Henderson
GARDE LA VICTOIRE (FR) 5 Diana Whateley Philip Hobbs
CALIPTO (FR) 4 Chris Giles & Ian Fogg Paul Nicholls
SWING BOWLER 7 K Alexander David Pipe
ROMAN FLIGHT (IRE) 6 Favourites Racing David Dennis
DANEKING 5 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
BAYAN (IRE) 5 Core Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE
GOODWOOD MIRAGE (IRE) 4 Lady Bamford & Alice Bamford Jonjo O’Neill
VIBRATO VALTAT (FR) 5 Axom XLIII Paul Nicholls
BALTIMORE ROCK (IRE) 5 Roger Brookhouse David Pipe
RAINBOW PEAK (IRE) 8 Bloomfields John Ferguson
SIGN OF A VICTORY (IRE) 5 Matt & Lauren Morgan Nicky Henderson
HAMMERSLY LAKE (FR) 6 Michael Buckley Nicky Henderson
NOBLE INN (FR) 4 M J Mulvaney Willie Mullins IRE
PEARL SWAN (FR) 6 Robin Geffen Paul Nicholls
KATGARY (FR) 4 Andrea & Graham Wylie Paul Nicholls
MIJHAAR 6 Bloomfields John Ferguson
PINE CREEK 6 Bloomfields John Ferguson
ART MAURESQUE (FR) 4 Mrs Johnny de la Hey Paul Nicholls
OLOFI (FR) 8 McNeill Family Tom George
MOUNTAIN KING 5 Diana Whateley Philip Hobbs
LE FIN BOIS (FR) 4 Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd Tim Vaughan
RAVEN’S TOWER (USA) 4 Faithful Friends Ben Pauling
BARADARI (IRE) 4 Andrew Brooks Venetia Williams
FISHER 5 Exors of the late David Barker John Quinn
WAXIES DARGLE 5 J P McManus Noel Meade IRE
LASER BLAZER 6 Calne Engineering Ltd Alan King
ANATOL (FR) 4 Mrs Johnny de la Hey Paul Nicholls
ORGILGO BAY (IRE) 4 D Kierans John McConnell IRE
TAGLIETELLE 5 Olduvai Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE
REGAL ENCORE (IRE) 6 J P McManus Anthony Honeyball
ASTRE DE LA COUR (FR) 4 The Front Runners Partnership Robert Walford
BROUGHTON (GER) 4 Bloomfields John Ferguson
VIOLET DANCER 4 D Bessell & Galloping On The South Downs Gary Moore
DUBAWI ISLAND (FR) 5 Andrew Brooks & Julian Taylor Venetia Williams
MINELLAFORLEISURE (IRE) 6 The Patient Partnership Alex Hales
AREA FIFTY ONE 6 Middleham Park Racing III Nicky Henderson
DORMELLO MO (FR) 4 The Kyle & Stewart Families Paul Nicholls
EAGLE ROCK (IRE) 6 The Ivy Syndicate Tom Tate
EXITAS (IRE) 6 P W Middleton Phil Middleton
CASSELLS ROCK (IRE) 4 D Houlihan Tony Martin IRE
SLEEPY HAVEN (IRE) 4 Alan Baxter Anthony Bloor Dave Cheetham Jennie Candlish
CIVIL WAR (IRE) 5 Ashley Head Gary Moore
LUCKY BRIDLE (IRE) 5 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
SHEMSHAL (FR) 6 Sheila Moffett Tony Martin IRE
CLONDAW WARRIOR (IRE) 7 Act D Wagg Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE

57 entries
11 Irish-trained

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