Mr Whipped wins Warwick Grade 2

Sat 13th Jan 2018, 16:26

photoNico de Boinville
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Mr Whipped claimed his third win from as many starts for Nicky Henderson in the Ballymore Leamington Novices' Hurdle at Warwick.

Bought for 160,000 pounds after winning an Irish point-to-point last spring, the son of Beneficial made a successful hurdling debut at Kempton in November and followed up in good style at Newbury last month.

He was the 6-4 favourite stepped up to Grade Two level and while his supporters had a few anxious moments turning for home, with Mr Whipped briefly caught in a pocket, he got clear daylight early in the straight and looked to have Knight In Dubai well covered on the run to the final flight.

Henderson's charge showed signs of inexperience when wandering under pressure and Paisley Park was finishing, but Nico de Boinville bagged the rail aboard the market leader and he passed the post a length to the good.

De Boinville told ITV Racing: "I was very impressed with him because he's still a big, raw baby.

"After he jumped the last he thought that was the job done and started to ease up a bit, but if something had come to me I think he would have gone on again. He had plenty left in the tank.

"He definitely deserves to (go to Cheltenham). His form is rock solid now."

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THE IRISH TIMES