54 entries for Betfair Hurdle

Local trainer Nicky Henderson has made four entries in his bid to win the £155,000 Betfair Hurdle for a sixth time – a total of 54 entries have been unveiled for the February 11 contest.

My Tent Or Yours wins the Betfair Hurdle back in 2013.

First staged in 1963 and run over an extended two miles, the Grade Three Betfair Hurdle is Britain's richest handicap hurdle and a maximum field of 24 runners can line up. The weights will be unveiled on Wednesday, January 18.

Gwafa carries the famous colours of Saleh Al Homaizi and Imad Al Sagar, owners of numerous top-class Flat horses including the 2007 Derby winner Authorized.

The six-year-old has developed into a very useful performer and recorded the biggest victory of his career when taking the Grade Three Swinton Hurdle at Haydock Park in May.

He has also enjoyed two other wins in his seven starts over hurdles, taking a maiden at Fakenham just under a year ago and novice at Huntingdon. Gwafa was last seen out when fifth and last in a Listed hurdle at Kempton Park in October.

Trainer Paul Webber said on Wednesday: "Gwafa pulled a tiny bit of bone off a joint when he stumbled in that race. The plan was to give him a bit of a break after that run anyway and he has come back very well indeed.

"He will probably go for an away-day gallop sometime at the end of next week. The ground would have to be decent if he was to go to Newbury as he doesn't want it tacky. Newbury is certainly an option for him and, if he doesn't go there, he would most likely run in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton.

"He seems very fresh and well. Richie McLernon rode him yesterday and was thrilled. We will step him up again next week and see where we are. He is still gaining experience and I don't see why he can't step up again. He is such a pro and such a trier."

Nicky Henderson is the most successful trainer in the history of the Betfair Hurdle with five victories, most recently My Tent Or Yours in 2013.

The Seven Barrows handler has made four entries this year – L'Ami Serge, Hargam, French import Discours d'Un Roiand Consul de Thaix, runner-up in the valuable Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle at Ascot last month.

Another trainer with multiple successes in the Betfair Hurdle is Gary Moore, who has recorded three wins including Violet Dancer in 2015. Moore's one entry this year is the lightly-raced Krugermac, a useful novice last season.

Reigning champion jumps trainer Paul Nicholls triumphed in the Betfair Hurdle with Zarkandar in 2012. His trio of entries this year are Modus, Zubayr and the intriguing novice Movewiththetimes, successful on two of his three starts over hurdles this season and a staying-on fifth in a Grade Two contest at Cheltenham in November.

Barry Orr, spokesman for the race sponsors, commented: "It's a typically competitive list of entries and 10/1 the field reflects that but the market principles, Movewiththetimes and Ballyandy could be open to further improvement and deserve their place at the head of the market."

Horse

Age

Owner

Trainer

ALLBLAK DES PLACES (FR)

5

George Creighton

Willie Mullins IRE

BAGS GROOVE (IRE)

6

Michael Pescod

Harry Fry

BALLYANDY

6

Options O Syndicate

Nigel Twiston-Davies

BALLYHILL (FR)

6

S Such & C G Paletta

Nigel Twiston-Davies

BELTOR

6

Alison Mossop

Robert Stephens

BERTIMONT (FR)

7

Chris Giles

Dan Skelton

BIGMARTRE (FR)

6

P J Dixon

Harry Whittington

BOITE (IRE)

7

Mrs T Brown

Warren Greatrex

CAP D'AUBOIS (FR)

5

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

CHACUN POUR SOI (FR)

5

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

CHARLEMAR (FR)

5

The Hennessy Six

Harry Whittington

CHESTERFIELD (IRE)

7

The Rumble Racing Club

Seamus Mullins

CH'TIBELLO (FR)

6

The Can't Say No Partnership

Dan Skelton

CLYNE

7

David Williams

Evan Williams

CONSUL DE THAIX (FR)

5

J P McManus

Nicky Henderson

DE NAME ESCAPES ME (IRE)

7

J P McManus

Noel Meade IRE

DESOTO COUNTY

8

Paul & Clare Rooney

Gordon Elliott IRE

DISCOURS D'UN ROI (FR)

5

Potensis Bloodstock Limited

Nicky Henderson

DRUMCLIFF (IRE)

6

J P McManus

Harry Fry

EDDIEMAURICE (IRE)

6

Mel Mathias

John Flint

FAITHFUL MOUNT

8

Macable Partnership

Ian Williams

FOOTPAD (FR)

5

Simon Munir/Isaac Souede

Willie Mullins IRE

GASSIN GOLF

8

Will Roseff

Kerry Lee

GWAFA (IRE)

6

Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar

Paul Webber

HARGAM (FR)

6

J P McManus

Nicky Henderson

IVAN GROZNY (FR)

7

Andrea & Graham Wylie

Willie Mullins IRE

JALEO (GER)

5

Bloomfields

Ben Pauling

KAPSTADT (FR)

7

Anchor Men

Ian Williams

KAYF BLANCO

8

Mrs L Day, H Burdett & G McPherson

Graeme McPherson

KEEP IN LINE (GER)

5

Paul & Clare Rooney

Alan King

KOSHARI (FR)

5

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

KRUGERMAC (IRE)

6

J Hinds

Gary Moore

L'AMI SERGE (IRE)

7

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson

MAX DO BRAZIL (FR)

5

Professor Caroline Tisdall & Bryan Drew

David Pipe

MEET THE LEGEND

6

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Legend

Dan Skelton

MICK JAZZ (FR)

6

G P Mahoney

Gordon Elliott IRE

MODUS

7

J P McManus

Paul Nicholls

MOVEWITHTHETIMES (IRE)

6

J P McManus

Paul Nicholls

NEW MEMBER (IRE)

6

Roberts, Churchward, Whittal-Williams

Tom Lacey

OZZIE THE OSCAR (IRE)

6

Bradley Partnership

Philip Hobbs

PETER THE MAYO MAN (IRE)

7

Masterson Holdings Limited

Neil Mulholland

RASHAAN (IRE)

5

Mrs T J Kidd/Mrs R Treacy

Colin Kidd IRE

RENNETI (FR)

8

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

ROBINSHILL (IRE)

6

R J Rexton

Nigel Twiston-Davies

SAM RED (FR)

6

M Rashdi, Blue Grey Chevron, C Hodgson

Dan Skelton

SLEEP EASY

5

Tony Bloom

Neil Mulholland

SONG LIGHT

7

Phoenix Bloodstock One & A A Goodman

Seamus Mullins

SUTTON PLACE (IRE)

6

J P McManus

Gordon Elliott IRE

THOMAS HOBSON

7

Susannah Ricci

Willie Mullins IRE

VEINARD (FR)

8

T D Howley Jnr/J N O'Brien

Gordon Elliott IRE

WAIT FOR ME (FR)

7

Andrew Cohen

Philip Hobbs

WILLIAM H BONNEY

6

Mr & Mrs R Scott

Alan King

WINTER ESCAPE (IRE)

6

J P McManus

Alan King

ZUBAYR (IRE)

5

P J Vogt

Paul Nicholls

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