William Henry takes the Lanzarote

Sat 13th Jan 2018, 15:35

photoNicky Henderson
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William Henry claimed top honours in the 32Red Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton.

The Nicky Henderson-trained eight-year-old was one of three horses allotted top-weight in the fiercely-competitive handicap, although leading conditional James Bowen claimed a very handy 5lb.

There were still several horses in with a chance jumping the second-last hurdle, but approaching the final obstacle it was between 7-1 shot William Henry, Red Indian and Spiritofthegames.

William Henry produced a big leap when he needed one to to take a slender advantage and found plenty for pressure on the run to the line to score by three-quarters of a length.

Spiritofthegames was a clear second, while Red Indian just held the fast-finishing Topofthegame for third.

Bowen said: "I can't thank Mr Henderson enough for giving me the opportunity to ride him. I thought he had a very good chance and he has gone and done it.

"I've done plenty of schooling with him since his last run over fences. I think he might have just scared himself a bit that day.

"He jumped really well today and there is no reason why he can't go over fences again."

He added: "I can't believe things are going as well as they are, it's incredible. Hopefully it will keep going."

No problems for odds-on Impact Factor

"It's nice to get a winner when Mum is away. She's gone to Nicky Henderson's wedding," revealed Kate Harrington after her mother Jessica's Impact Factor justified odds-on favouritsm in the Sportinglife.com Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown.