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Bold Endeavour

Bold Endeavour holds two entries for the Henderson team, and both Stayers’ Hurdle and Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle options remain on the table.

The eight-year-old is yet to win in four starts this season, but he ran with a lot of positives when second over three miles at Cheltenham in December. He was last seen finishing 22 lengths behind Nurse Susan when sixth of ten at Lingfield.

Chantry House

Chantry House is the runner for the Henderson yard in the Pertemps Final. The ten-year-old appeared to show signs of recovery on his previous start after battling back to finish fourth in the qualifier at Huntingdon.

However, he is without a victory since winning over fences at Cheltenham in January 2022. But, could feasibly have a leading chance at the Festival this year.


Doddiethegreat could line up in either the Martin Pipe or Coral Cup at the Festival this year. The eight-year-old is clearly very talented, and was in excellent form when returning to action after a 754-day break when winning at Aintree.

Was a close second behind Go Dante over two miles and a furlong at Cheltenham in mid-December. Was last seen staying on to finish fourth in the Betfair Hurdle. Has a solid chance if making the Coral Cup field.

First Street

First Street has been kept in high-quality company throughout this season, chasing home Lossiemouth and Constitution Hill on his last two starts. Was third in the Relkeel Hurdle on New Year’s Day in 2023, and was just a length behind State Man when second in the County Hurdle in 2022.

He holds entries in four Festival races, including the Champion Hurdle, Coral Cup, County Hurdle, and the Martin Pipe.


Hyland will be another of the Henderson runners in the Pertemps Final. The seven-year-old was a very impressive winner in the Cheltenham qualifier in October, finishing over two lengths clear of Judicial Law.

Was since third of 12 at Newbury, before finishing sixth over an extended two miles and three at Ascot. But, his Cheltenham form certainly gives him a chance.

Iberico Lord

Iberico Lord has been supplemented for the Champion Hurdle by Henderson. The six-year-old will fill the void left by Constitution Hill, and he should have a decent chance of hitting the frame.

He was a very impressive winner at Cheltenham earlier this season over an extended two miles, and was last seen winning a big field handicap at Newbury by over two lengths. Highly progressive, and will stand a great chance if getting his ground.

Impose Toi

Impose Toi is a runner for Henderson in the County Hurdle. The six-year-old was last seen finishing third of 19 at Kempton over two miles and five.

However, he does have previous winning experience at Cheltenham this season after finishing over ten lengths clear of Donnacha in November. Could have solid claims if things fall right in the County.

Jeriko Du Reponet

Jeriko Du Reponet will line up in the Supreme to kick off the Festival. His price for the opening race of the week drifted following a battling win over Lump Sum at Doncaster in January.

However, that form does read well with the second having come out and won. The five-year-old has won on all three starts under rules, and he was widely tipped up for the Supreme before his battling effort last time out.

Jingko Blue

Jingko Blue has two potential options at the Festival, with the five-year-old holding entries for both the Baring Bingham Novices’ Hurdle and the Albert Bartlett.

Connections have indicated that he will stay over two miles four following his impressive six length win over Titan Discovery at Sandown last month.


Jonbon will take his chance in the Champion Chase at the Festival this year. However, it would be a slight concern that he underperformed at the track in the G1 Clarence House when finishing second.

Nico De Boinville will likely be back on board, and he could have sound claims if replicating his effort from the G2 Shloer Chase. But, the eight-year-old has plenty to find on El Fabiolo based on the result from the Arkle last year.


Luccia will likely take her chance in the Champion Hurdle this year, but the six- year-old could yet line up in the County Hurdle.

She was an impressive winner when getting the better of Impose Toi at Ascot in December, but she underperformed at the Festival last year when well-backed. Wouldn’t want the ground to be too testing.

Marie’s Rock

Marie’s Rock will oppose Lossiemouth in the Mares’ Hurdle. The nine-year-old was a shock winner of the race in 2022, and her form still reads fairly well after winning on her previous start over an extended three miles.

However, he struggled to seventh in the Mares’ Hurdle last year, and a response will be required at Cheltenham this year.

No Ordinary Joe

No Ordinary Joe is short in the betting for two of the big handicaps at the Festival, with the eight-year-old holding entries for both the Coral Cup and Martin Pipe.

The Henderson runner was a strong third on his previous start over two miles and five at Kempton, and was eighth before that effort at Doncaster. However, he goes well at Cheltenham after finishing a close second behind Iroko in the Martin Pipe last year.

Shanagh Bob

Shanagh Bob could be one of the standout chances for Henderson at the Festival, with the six-year-old set to take his chance in the Albert Bartlett. He has done little wrong on track to this point, and was a winner over three miles at Cheltenham on his previous start.

Looks a chaser in the making, but could be a solid value angle for punters in a wide-open looking novice hurdle.


Shishkin will take his chance in the Gold Cup this year, and connections are hopeful of a big run. The ten-year-old will need to buck a number of historic trends, but he comes into the race after landing a dominant success in the G2 Denman Chase.

However, siding with the enigmatic star can often be stressful, highlighted by his unseating of De Boinville in the King George, and his refusal to run at Ascot in November.

Sir Gino

Henderson’s best chance of a winner all week will come in the Triumph with Sir Gino. The four-year-old was sensational at Cheltenham in the Triumph Trial in January, hammering the field into submission before speeding away from Burdett Road to win by ten lengths.

That was an eye-catching performance, and he should boast far too much quality in the opening race on Friday.

Walking On Air

Walking On Air could have a lively chance in the Pertemps for Henderson at the Festival. The seven-year-old also holds entries for the Brown Advisory, Coral Cup, and Martin Pipe.

He has won twice from eight starts over hurdles, and was last seen over the biggest obstacles being pulled up at Chepstow. Walking On Air was fifth in the Pertemps final last year, and connections are hopeful of a big run.