Run so well
Our gallops reporter heads to Lambourn to check on some of Nicky Henderson's stars.
By Gallops Reporter. Last Updated: 19/01/13 12:38pm
Bobs Worth: Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite
The value of having good all-weather facilities is never more obvious than during times like the present with temperatures of below zero ensuring there is little chance of an imminent return to turf racing.
Nicky Henderson has kept his Seven Barrows juggernaut ticking over and the trainer using the indoor schooling ride and will be looking to have multiple runners when the action resumes.
Normally he would be taking a step back from the horses with Cheltenham on their agenda, but with so many important trials lost to the weather, that is not quite the case in 2013.
His three protagonists for the Champion Hurdle have had only two outings between them this season, with DARLAN landing the Christmas Hurdle, GRANDOUET finishing second in the International Hurdle and former champion BINOCULAR yet to be seen in public.
The trainer will conjure with the remaining trials should weather conditions allow, with the old Agfa Hurdle at Sandown, the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton and the rescheduled Champion Hurdle Trial at Doncaster all sure to be on the radar.
But all three horses have pleased in their preparation at home and looked in good order in their latest spins up the all-weather strip.
LONG RUN has pleased in his training since recapturing the King George and could be equipped with headgear in the Gold Cup, cheekpieces being the most likely aid.
This is because connections feel the gelding dosses when in front for too long. At Kempton he was ridden for stamina against mainly non-stayers, but that meant he was asked to press on before the home turn and he wasn't doing a tap in front.
BOBS WORTH will probably have one run before he bids for chasing's blue riband for the first time.
The Gold Cup favourite has been in good heart since his clear-cut triumph in the Hennessy.