What a few days at Paul Henderson Racing! Over the last week, Paul has demonstrated his ability to bring on his horses and get them fit and ready for when it matters, with a string of great results.
Talk of the South kicked off an unbelievable 5 days with a gallant second when coming up against a Tom Lacey "hotpot" in a 3-mile handicap chase at Warwick on Thursday. The horse added to an impressive year and has now notched up a win and 5 seconds during 2016. We are hopeful he will improve again next time out.
Paul had a packed schedule on Saturday; Doitforthevillage kicked things off as he ran away with good looking 2-mile chase at Lingfield, under a well-timed ride by James Best. A couple of weeks previous at Uttoxeter,a sluggish start saw Doit leave himself too much to do, but at Lingfield on Saturday James rode with precision and confidence, producing perfectly at the last to win in a very quick time. He came out of the race in good health and spirits and will probably come out again shortly.
Half an hour later a large crowd of owners, who had just cheered home Doitforthevillage from the Marquee at Cheltenham, were again up on their feet, roaring their approval as Nick Schofield gave Un Beau Roman a scintillating ride. Un Beau, who had won the BetVictor Handicap Chase here a month earlier, was creeping up alongside Eastlake as they approached the Karst. In a thrilling Cheltenham finish, it was, unfortunately, Eastlake, who found more on the run in and prevailed by one and a half lengths. Another strong performance from Un Beau Roman, who look every bit a horse who can continue to rise up the ratings.
Then it was on to Turban, Sadly, in a very hot Caspian Caviar 16-runner handicap, and not helped by a standing start, the horse was pulled up with 3 to jump. Nick Scofield, however, was positive in his assessment afterwards, and we are in no doubt that with some further preparation it won't be long until Turban shows his unquestionable ability on the big stage.
Finally, on a wet Monday at Plumpton, Miss Oscarose looked to complete a great few days for Paul under the stewardship of Paddy Brennan. After coming in odds just shy of 3/1 from 11's, The well-fancied mare tracked the leaders and was going well in second heading to the 4th from home. She was looking strong when the leader Tikkapick fell. Picking up the lead, the result was never in doubt at Paddy expertly guided her home to an impressive and well-deserved win. Big congratulations to Ed and Sarah, who've shown great patience with the horse. We are all over the moon for them!
So across an exciting 5 days, we've seen 5 horses competing at 4 meetings, and have come away with 2 wins, 2 second places, and around £16,000 in prize money! What a few days! But there's no time to relax; the season is in full swing and there is plenty more racing to come over the next couple of weeks and, of course, across a busy festive period. We can't wait!
Any prospective owners wishing to get involved in an unbelievable friendly yard, in a hot vein of form, should get in contact with Paul (who has shares available in horses ready to run), or risk missing out on many great racing days to come!
Paul Henderson & Jane Patten