Carole’s on track for Hennessy

carole's and TYM worked two miles on the flat course. CD in Hennessy, TYM off to Becher.

Carole's Destrier and The Young Master exercise at Newbury on Tuesday

Both horses worked two miles on the Flat course at Newbury on Tuesday in front of the assembled media, with Mulholland confirming Carole's Destrier will return to the track a week on Saturday.

"The Hennessy is important in everybody's season, it's a great race," he said.

"The season is just starting to feel as though it's just getting underway with Cheltenham last week and the Hennessy next week and it's a fantastic race to be a part of and, obviously, to win a race like that, it's a huge achievement.

"We're very happy [with Carole's Destrier]. We'd like to see a little bit more rain but James who rode him was happy and that will just put him right hopefully.

"We had plan A which was the Badger Ales and then the London National and then Plan B which was the Hennessy and then the Welsh National. Because the Badger Ales we felt was too fast that day and we didn't want to be risking him so early in the season, it's a long season for these horses.

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"These are big fences around here, you need to stay and you need to jump. Our lad won the London National last year, he's by no means a slouch but you need a lot of luck on the day for the likes of a Hennessy.

"It looks as though he might end up going up to 10-8 which would be brilliant news for us as Noel can't do 10-4 so we'd be very happy with that. It's a nice racing weight for his first run of the season.

"The races just didn't suit him [at the end of last season], that's the way it goes but you would hope the Hennessy would suit him. Stamina is his forte and he jumps."

As for The Young Master, he won't be returning to Newbury for a second crack at the Hennessy. He unseated Sam Waley-Cohen at the first in the race last year, but this season all roads point to Aintree for him.

Mulholland continued: "The Young Master, the long term aim for him this year is the Grand National so he'll go for the Becher Chase on the first weekend in December and let him see the Grand National fences, give the horse a good sighting before the big one at the end of the season.

"He worked very well there. The Young Master is in good order, he's fresh and he's well. It's a long term plan and anything can happen but it will be nice to get a bid of education for him.

"Those two horses there, they're two nice staying handicap chasers."

Carole's Destrier is a 40/1 chance for the Hennessy with Sky Bet.

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