Forever Field can extend Henderson’s Pertemps record
Call The Cops: finished fourth in this race last year before winning the final
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Forever Field can extend Henderson's record
By DaVID MILNES 10:03AM 7 NOV 2016
Preview: Kempton, Monday
Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle (Series Qualifier) 2m5f, 3.05 GMT, RUK
THE road to the prestigious Pertemps final starts just off the M4 in West London for many this afternoon in a contest which hosted a subsequent winner of the Cheltenham Festival finale as recently as 2014.
Call The Cops may have finished only fourth to Brother Brian that day but turned the tables on his conqueror in no uncertain terms in the Final itself and his trainer Nicky Henderson has another live candidate this time around in the shape of Forever Field.
The six-year-old has had a productive summer, winning two of his five starts and being placed in the other three, most recently when posting a career best third in the Grade 3 Silver Trophy at Chepstow last month.
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Forever Field also acts well on good ground something that also applies to one of his main rivals L'Aigle Royal, who landed a gamble on his first start for Dan Skelton at Market Rasen since when he has been laid out for this.
Nicky Henderson, who fields Forever Field, has won this three times in the past decade with Working Title (2010), Duc De Regniere (2008) and Chomba Womba (2007).
What They Say
Kim Bailey, trainer of Younevercall
He's ready to start back after his summer break and we were going to take him to Ascot next week but we've opted to get him qualified for the Pertemps final instead. The way he won at Huntingdon last time suggested he would get three miles in time so he should like this trip.
Nicky Henderson, trainer of Forever Field
He's one of the few I have that doesn't mind quick ground and he goes there in good form after his fine effort at Chepstow last time. We'll probably but him to bed for the winter after this and he could go for the final of this race if he gets his ground.
Richard Newland, trainer of Duke Street
It looks a competitive little race and one or two of these could be a bit sharp for him but the plan is to get him qualified for the Pertemps final at Cheltenham in March. He's come on for his recent run and can handle quick ground.
Dan Skelton, trainer of L'Aigle Royal
This race was always the plan after he won on his first run for us at Market Rasen. He's going right-handed again and it's over a similar trip so hopefully he can take the next step as he was fairly handicapped on his old form last time.
Richard Woollacott, trainer of Floresco
He's fit and well and ready for his first start since May when he won well at Newton Abbot. The step up in trip suited him that day and hopefully he'll like the longer distance and the ground. It looks a hot race but he should give a good account.
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