Henderson outlines hopes for StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle

31st October 2013 – Entries for the £100,000 StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle, run over an extended two miles on the third and final day of The Open, Sunday, November 17, are revealed today.


Champion trainer Nicky Henderson has seven possible representatives among the 45 entered in the Grade Three handicap hurdle at Cheltenham – the most of any trainer – headed by last year’s runner-up Cash And Go, and the highly-regarded Michael Buckley-owned pair of Rolling Star and River Maigue. The Lambourn handler also has French import Blue Fashion, who was fourth in a Grade One contest at Auteuil in June, Gibb River, progressive course winner First In The Queue and Makari.


Henderson reported: “The horse I am most looking forward to in the Greatwood is Cash And Go. He is in good form and ran a great race to finish second last year. Things didn’t go right for him after that, but I am going to start again with him this season and see how we go.


“I would also be interested in Rolling Star and River Maigue because the Greatwood, like the Paddy Power Gold Cup, tends to suit those second-season horses. The fact they are unexposed just gives them half a chance against the older horses.


“Rolling Star was very impressive first time out last season and went into the Triumph Hurdle as favourite, but disappointed us. He just petered out at the end of last season for one reason or another, but is a lovely horse.”


Flaxen Flare is one of 10 entries trained in Ireland and Gordon Elliott’s charge could bid to become the first Irish-trained winner since Sizing Europe in 2007. He enjoyed an impressive success in the Grade Three Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at The Festival in March and was a fine second in the Galway Hurdle in August.


The four-year-old came home a respectable seventh in a Flat handicap at Leopardstown on September 7.


Elliott revealed: “The StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle is a valuable pot and we will definitely have a look at it with Flaxen Flare.


“He runs this weekend in the Grade Two at Down Royal. Obviously, Jezki is running there too so it will be a tough ask, but it is good prize money and we would be delighted if he could finish second or third.


“He ran a very good race to finish second in the Galway Hurdle and we have freshened him up since his last run at Leopardstown. He might not be as fit as we would like him to be, but he should run a good race.”


Ireland’s champion jump trainer Willie Mullins has four possible starters in the StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle, including progressive Galway scorer Call Me Bubbles and talented six-year-old Midnight Game, while Sabrina Harty has entered Kalann, who was last seen over hurdles when 10th in the 2012 Stan James Champion Hurdle at The Festival.


Get Me Out Of Here, trained by Jonjo O’Neill, is the potential top-weight and has run well at Cheltenham without winning.


The nine-year-old captured the 2010 Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and went on to finish second in that season’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at The Festival at Cheltenham. He has also finished runner-up in two other races at The Festival – the 2011 Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle and 2012 Coral Cup.


O’Neill said: “The StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle is an option for Get Me Out Of Here providing the ground is not too soft.


“He is a great old horse, but is getting a bit long in the tooth now. We have thought about going chasing with him in the past, but he doesn’t like jumping fences.


“He has been a super horse, but he has reached his level now and you have to treat him a bit like some of those old sprinters – you take your chance and hopefully one day it comes off.”


Paul Nicholls landed the prestigious handicap hurdle with Brampour (2011) and Rigmarole (2003) and has five entries this year, led by Far West and Sametegal, who were second and third to Our Conor in the JCB Triumph Hurdle in March. The quintet is completed by Caid Du Berlais, Mr Mole and Grade One runner-up Ptit Zig.


Alan King has entered Grade One scorers L’Unique and Grumeti, who finished fourth behind the Evan Williams-trained Court Minstrel in the Scottish Champion Hurdle on his only appearance last season.


Olofi, trained by Tom George in Gloucestershire, could bid to become the first dual winner having won the contest last year, while Harry Fry has entered Karinga Dancer, who completed a four-timer in facile fashion at Aintree on October 26.


David Pipe’s four possible runners include Vincent O’Brien County Hurdle fifth Tanerko Emery and Betfair Hurdle third Swing Bowler, while Cotton Mill headlines a quartet trained by John Ferguson.


Other notable contenders include the John Quinn-trained pair of Calculated Risk and Kashmir Peak, a Grade Two winner at Doncaster last term.


Weights for the StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle will be revealed on Wednesday, November 6 and the maximum field size is 24.



The StanJames.com Greatwood Hurdle

Class 1, Grade 3, £100,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.15pm, Cheltenham, Sunday, November 17, 2013. For 4yo+, two miles about half a furlong. Entries closed, October 29, entries revealed October 31 (45 entries), weights revealed November 6. Penalties: after November 3, a winner of a hurdle race 5lb (no penalty to increase a horse’s weight above 11st 12lb). Six-day confirmation stage November 11, final 48-hour declaration stage 10.00am, November 15. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, October 28.


Form               Horse                                     Age     Owner                                    Trainer

3121-41        AHYAKNOWYERSELF (IRE) 7      G Carstairs & R Marker        Dr Richard Newland

5141-4 BLUE FASHION (IRE)          4        John & Barbara Cotton        Nicky Henderson

122202-        CAID DU BERLAIS (FR)     4        Donlon, Doyle, MacDonald & C Barber Paul Nicholls

153116-        CALCULATED RISK             4        Terry Warner                    John Quinn

015-112        CALL ME BUBBLES (FR)     4        Susannah Ricci                   Willie Mullins IRE

15/2U00-       CASH AND GO (IRE)            6        Robin Geffen                     Nicky Henderson

1U3/2F0-       COTTON MILL                     6        Bloomfields                       John Ferguson

4/13411-       COURT MINSTREL (IRE)    6        Janet Davies                      Evan Williams

212              DELL’ ARCA (IRE)             4        Prof Caroline Tisdall            David Pipe

022642          ENCHANTED FOREST (IRE) 5       Francis Campbell                Michael Hourigan IRE

3/11112-       FAR WEST (FR)                4        Axom XXXIX                      Paul Nicholls

123311          FIRST IN THE QUEUE (IRE) 6      Liam Breslin                      Nicky Henderson

2514-21        FLAXEN FLARE (IRE)           4        Mrs Pat Sloan                    Gordon Elliott IRE

2P2-34 GASSIN GOLF                     4        Will Roseff                        Richard Lee

1/14PP0-       GET ME OUT OF HERE (IRE) 9      J P McManus                      Jonjo O’Neill

0/30231/-      GIBB RIVER (IRE)            7        Corbett Stud                      Nicky Henderson

F1131/4-       GRUMETI                         5        McNeill Family                    Alan King

1010F-3        IFANDBUTWHYNOT (IRE) 7        Claire Hollowood & Henry Dean David O’Meara

312520/-       KALANN (IRE)                    6        K McConnell                       Sabrina Harty IRE

2/0(1)11-1     KARINGA DANCER            7        H B Geddes                       Harry Fry

11U0-           KASHMIR PEAK (IRE)         4        Win Only SP Only Partnership John Quinn

140/003-       KAZLIAN (FR)                     5        Twelve Pipers Piping            Johnny Farrelly

41131- L’UNIQUE (FR)                 4        Denis Barry                       Alan King

32111/B-       LEXI’S BOY (IRE)             5        Tim Leslie                         Donald McCain

112132          LIFE AND SOUL (IRE)       6        Matthew Taylor                  Donald McCain

6/126-11       MAKARI                           6        Matt & Lauren Morgan         Nicky Henderson

2P6-402        MIDNIGHT GAME             6        Gigginstown House Stud       Willie Mullins IRE

121P3-2        MR MOLE (IRE)                5        J P McManus                      Paul Nicholls

50/100-U       OLOFI (FR)                      7        McNeill Family                    Tom George

0/3052/-U      ORZARE (IRE)                    7        Bryan Fry                         Philip Hide

3115-            PINE CREEK                     5        Bloomfields                       John Ferguson

24131-2        PTIT ZIG (FR)                     4        Barry Fulton, Chris Giles & Richard Webb Paul Nicholls

U02-P31        RATTAN (USA)                 8        J A Coleman                      Willie Mullins IRE

20-2110        RAWNAQ (IRE)                6        Kevin John Smith                Matthew Smith IRE

300/3-30       REDERA (IRE)                    7        Peter William Partnership     Tony Martin IRE

31/2120-       RIVER MAIGUE (IRE)          6        Michael Buckley                  Nicky Henderson

1165-            ROLLING STAR (FR)            4        Michael Buckley & The Vestey Family Nicky Henderson

11306-0        RUACANA                        4        Bloomfields                       John Ferguson

21332-1        SAMETEGAL (FR)              4        John & Barbara Cotton        Paul Nicholls

2/01110-       SHOTAVODKA (IRE)            7        Jane Gerard-Pearse            David Pipe

111/130-       SWING BOWLER              6        Exors of the late David Johnson David Pipe

211325-        TANERKO EMERY (FR)      7        Walters Plant Hire Ltd Egan Waste Ltd David Pipe

P020U-0        THOMAS EDISON (IRE)     6        J P McManus                      Tony Martin IRE

61-1262        UN BEAU ROMAN (FR)      5        Aiden Devaney                   Willie Mullins IRE

213-             ZUIDER ZEE (GER)            6        Bloomfields                       John Ferguson


45 entries

10 Irish-trained 

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