Divin Bere shines in Nicky Henderson hat-trick at Huntingdon

Fri 13 Jan 2017

Plenty of useful prospects from France have gone on to enjoy successful careers under Nicky Henderson and Divin Bere could be the next name on that production line after forming the middle leg of a treble for the trainer at Huntingdon.

Despite conceding weight all round in the Equimark Horseboxes Sport Pro Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle, the four-year-old was more than equal to it when defeating favourite Master Blueyes, who made mistakes at the final two flights, by a neck.

Following the race, the 7-4 winner was introduced at 16-1 for the Fred Winter by Paddy Power.

Henderson said of Noel Fehily's mount: "It was all about learning really. He has got some improvement in him.

"The second horse, we knew something about him as he was behind Charli Parcs. I liked the way he did it, as it was a good race. It was a solid performance.

"I would have thought that is his sort of race (Fred Winter). He is going the right way. He is laid back, but he comes alive a little bit on the racecourse."

O O Seven added his name to the Seven Barrows handler's Cheltenham Festival team when making the most of a drop in class to complete his treble in the two-and-a-half-mile novices' handicap chase.

After finishing third in a Grade Two at Doncaster last month, the 5-6 favourite was forced to pull out all the stops under Barry Geraghty before getting the better of a late duel with Mad Jack Mytton by half a length.

Henderson said: "I just needed to get him back on track. I thought there might be better ground here than anywhere else.

"He wants three miles, I'm sure of that. Two and a half round here was sharp enough.

"His jumping was great and he looked sharper than he did at Doncaster. I'm not telling you he will win an RSA, but we could look at that or the three-mile handicap (Ultima)."

Burbank avenged last month's surprise defeat when striding to glory in the maiden hurdle under Jerry McGrath.

Appearing in trouble on the turn out of the back straight, the 8-15 favourite moved up on the bridle two out, before motoring clear to take the two-mile prize by seven lengths.

Henderson said: "He is like that. If you show him too much daylight early on he can be a bit free. That is why we wanted to bury him and make him learn.

"As soon as he saw the daylight he was straight through the gap and once he gave him a flick he took off again. He will be a lovely horse, but it is a learning curve at the moment.

"It is not that he is flat-footed, you have to switch him off. He tried about six different switches before finding the one that went go. He would get two and a half miles."

First-season handler Amy Murphy enjoyed a second breakthrough winner in the space of a week when Mariah's Legend ran out an easy winner of the concluding mares' maiden hurdle.

After celebrating her first winner at Sandown on Saturday, the Newmarket handler did likewise at the Cambridgeshire track thanks to the seven-length success of the 20-1 shot.

Murphy said: "She has done it well. Unfortunately she lets herself down a bit as she loses the plot in the preliminaries.

"It was pretty obvious turning for home that she had got the rest at it. She is a nice filly, if we can keep her in the right place mentally."

Wicked Willy (7-2) showed enough resolve to gain a career first victory in the opening conditional jockeys' hurdle.

Carl Llewellyn, assistant trainer to Nigel Twiston-Davies, said: "He is a trier and we found a bad race for him. He is in at Market Rasen next week and he might go there.

"He is named after William Twiston-Davies but he is slightly more talented."

The Jugopolist (7-1), from the yard of John Cornwall, gained the second win of his career when making virtually all to take the extended two-mile-seven handicap chase by eight lengths.

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