Henderson to take his time on Bobs Worth route

Swindon Advertiser: Nicky Henderson with Bobs Worth Nicky Henderson with Bobs Worth

LAMBOURN trainer Nicky Henderson will take his time before deciding a definite route back to the Cheltenham Festival for Bobs Worth.

The eight-year-old won the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup last term but had disappointed when only sixth in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on his return last month.

However, he returned to form in style with victory in the Grade One Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Saturday, providing some consolation for owners The Not Afraid Partnership who lost promising hurdler Chatterbox last week.

“It was just wonderful to see him back on winning form,” Henderson said.

“I would have thought that (not to run again before Cheltenham) would be my gut instinct, but we will have to see how he is in 10 days time.

“It just shows you what an up-and-down sport racing is. The owners lost Chatterbox last week and after Haydock it looked as though Bobs Worth might be in a bit of trouble, but then he came back yesterday and it was a thoroughly deserved win for them.”

Henderson also enjoyed Grade One glory at Newbury as Captain Cutter landed the Challow Novices’ Hurdle, giving his Seven Barrows team a boost following Sprinter Sacre’s setback on Friday.

“I was very, very pleased. I’ve always thought he was quite good but his jumping wasn’t as good as it could have been,” he said.

“AP (McCoy) thought he was better going left-handed though.

“I don’t know what the plan will be with him now.

“I watched the race with (owner) JP (McManus) in Ireland and it’s great to have had two Grade One winners for him in three days (following My Tent Or Yours in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton).

“After the last couple of days, those winners certainly put some smiles back.”

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