Last Updated: 28/11/12 3:27pm
Bobs Worth: In good nick but still a doubt for Newbury
Our gallops reporter visits Nicky Henderson's Lambourn yard with Bobs Worth looking in great nick.
Despite the spell of very wet weather that has swept the country, Nicky Henderson was able to work horses on his superb gallops at Seven Barrows, including Hennessy favourite BOBS WORTH.
The seven-year-old looked in fantastic form in his latest exercise ahead of Newbury's annual winter highlight on Saturday.
Henderson has some qualms about underfoot conditions at his local course as he doesn't want to run his second season novice in a bog.
However, the prospect of a relatively few days ahead and lack of suitable alternatives may well conspire to make the favourite a runner in a race that has always been his early-season target.
Bobs Worth met his only two defeats over fences at Kempton and Ascot but is unbeaten in four visits to left-handed Cheltenham, so Newbury's flat left-handed course with its long home straight should play to the gelding's strengths.
CHATTERBOX has an entry at the meeting, which starts on Thursday, and he looks one to follow after moving particularly well in his preparation.
The four-year-old was on the weak side last season and although scraping home on his bumper debut, he has schooled in very promising style over hurdles and should take all the beating.
FORGOTTEN VOICE, who won the Hunt Cup and finished fourth in the Sussex Stakes, has been working in equally encouraging style but will not be unveiled until there is some improvement in ground conditions.
The seven-year-old looked a natural when having his attention turned to hurdling and should carry on from where he left off when he does get the green light to return.
HADRIAN'S APPROACH looks one of the stable's strongest runners on Thursday's as he tackles the Grade Two novices' chase.
Henderson expects him to improve a fair bit on his most satisfactory comeback win, when he narrowly landed an Ascot novice that is working out especially well.
GLORIOUS TWELFTH was a smart bumper horse last season and could do well in novice hurdles having schooled nicely and shown plenty in her work.
The Old Vic mare has been going great guns at home and looks one to follow.