Artiste On The Rise
Last Updated: 10/11/12 3:57pm
Une Artiste: In fine fettle after Wetherby win
Our gallops man reports from Lambourn to get the latest on some of Nicky Henderson's talented string.
CELTUS has had issues connected to his breathing and was restricted to just three outings last season, including when out of the money in the Imperial Cup.
However, he's always had the make and shape to do well over fences and schooled beautifully and well as breezing well on Saturday morning ahead of the beginners' chase at Ffos Las on Sunday.
FOREVER PRESENT ended last season on a winning note and is another to have taken well to hurdles on the Seven Barrows schooling ground.
He should appear soon in a novice hurdle, possibly at Ludlow, and seems to be in good order.
MAKARI has skipped a couple of tempting engagements and that makes him even more interesting when he returns in a novices' hurdle in the near future.
LOOKING HOPEFUL has solid placed form to take to the table in a maiden hurdle and should progress from his comeback outing.
SPRINGINHERSTEP did nothing wrong when mugged on the line at Towcester earlier in the week and has come out of that OK.
The mare is well-named as she jumps superbly, and should soon go one better.
Last week's Wetherby scorer UNE ARTISTE is another to have come out of her race well and with her liking for testing conditions should be able to follow on from her success in that Listed hurdle.
HADRIAN'S APPROACH got home by the skin of his teeth at Ascot, but gained valuable experience from that debut over fences and looks one to follow.
CLOSE TOUCH will soon defend a two-race unbeaten record in a novices' hurdle and should have no trouble continuing in winning ways at one of the smaller tracks, having schooled proficiently.