Jenkins impresses Henderson

News of the rest of the action from Newbury where Jenkins demonstrated why he is held in such high regard.

Jenkins demonstrated why he is held in such high regard by trainer Nicky Henderson after making a winning debut over hurdles at Newbury.

Although he needed to be urged along early in the home straight by Barry Geraghty, the 10/11 favourite warmed to the task to join Captain Forez at the penultimate flight of the bet365 "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle.

Once sent on, the odds-on favourite continued to find plenty and pulled comfortably clear for a five-length success from the running-on Bags Groove.

Henderson, who won this race 12 months ago with subsequent Grade One scorer Buveur D'Air, said: "He is a lot more laid-back than he ever was last year.

"His schooling is good but we might have to ask for a bit more but I thought he might be a bit like that. As Barry Geraghty said, there are all sorts of departments he can improve in.

"He was very good over the last two as he woke up to what was going on. All the gears are still there what we thought he had last year.

"He will have learnt absolute tonnes for that. He will have learnt more than all of last year, I suspect.

"We will wander on quietly and do a bit of schooling. He could go further but he won't be doing that at the moment."

Jenkins was left unchanged at odds of around 10/1 about winning the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Knockgraffon survived a couple of late scares to open his account over fences with victory in the bet365 Chase.

The 6/1 shot scattered the birch at both the third-last and final fence, but it failed to stop the Dan Skelton-trained runner from bounding clear up the run-in to score by 10 lengths from 3/1 favourite Sirabad.

Skelton said: "Three out was one of those mistakes that was going to come. At the last he has just pricked his ears and was not really paying attention.

"When I brought this horse I said he needs a fence around Newbury and we've been waiting two years to do it. It is magic when it comes off.

"We lost a good horse of Barbara's (Hester, owner) at Market Rasen the other week and I could not be happier.

"I'm going to give him an entry in the Henry VIII (Sandown) in case there are only four runners in it, which, historically, there has been before.

"His jumping round there would be a real asset as he did jump great, barring the two mistakes.

"Alternatively if he is not ready we would be protective of him and find a couple of races and look at something like the Kingmaker (Wincanton)."

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