On Friday at Cheltenham Un Beau Roman and Doitforthevillage both went looking to take the prize in the feature race of the day, The BetVictor Handicap Chase.
Un Beau Roman was looking to retain his title after winning the race last year. Meanwhile, Doitforthevillage has been progressing we throughout the year, winning 5 races, and was now in a position to take on Un Beau and the rest of the 9 strong field.
It was an exciting race, in front of a packed out Cheltenham Grandstand. Both horses took a little time to get into their stride, but it was Doitforthevillage who was out in front two out from home. Un Beau Roman finished strongly under Nick Scholfield, suggesting there is more to come from the former Cheltenham winner. But none of the field could catch Doitforthevillage, who powered up the famous Cheltenham hill to win the race and secure Paul Henderson Racing’s 3rd Cheltenham winner, retaining the BetVictor Handicap Chase for the yard.
Two more of our new novice hurdlers run tomorrow following on from the promising runs of Hatchet Jack and Good Man Vinnie at Exeter at the end of October, we are heading to Chepstow Races tomorrow to see Ring Minella and Abbey Street making their first appearances under rules.
Abbey Street, a 6-year-old by Asian Heights, owned by John and Janet Baigent, was placed in point to points in Ireland before we purchased him.
Ring Minella is an unraced 6-year-old gelding by Kings Theatre. He's owned by The National Hunt Racing Enthusiasts (NHRE) Racing Club, who are some of the nearly 14,000 followers of the NHRE Facebook page. The page is set up to help racing enthusiasts keep in touch with all things National Hunt Racing. A group their members have decided to get into ownership for themselves by setting up their own racing club and leasing their own National Hunt racehorse. There are 120 members involved with Ring Minella. It is a fantastic, low cost, opportunity to have a real taste of owning a racehorse!
We've been waiting for the soft ground, which has finally arrived, so we are looking forward to seeing these two (and many of the yard's horses) coming on with each race.
Paul Henderson & Jane Patten