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Henderson sings praises of Chantry.

CHANTRY House can look forward to an outing at the Cheltenham Festival after maintaining his unbeaten record under rules in the Set Your Own Odds On Betfair Exchange Novices' Hurdle at Newbury.

The Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old followed up his debut triumph over hurdles at Cheltenham with a facile success under a penalty in the extended two-mile prize.

Moving smoothly into contention under Barry Geraghty, the 8-15 favourite cruised through to join long-time leader Manvers House after the last, before going away by four-and-ahalf lengths.

Henderson said: "Barry said he was good and everyone is happy. He is a smart horse. He was just very green at Cheltenham.

"Barry says he races very sweetly, kindly and gently. He is not aggressive in any way. He travels away, you press the button and it works. You have got to be pleased with what he did, he came away nicely. He is very straightforward."

But the Seven Barrows handler was not committing to which race out of the Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle or the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle Chantry House would contest at the Festival.

He said: "As Barry said, you really could go either way (at Cheltenham). We know he stays and he has got the speed. You have got to stay in both races. We will have a look at both of them and just sit on the fence.

"Walking down with AP (McCoy) I said I would be surprised if he wouldn't want another half a mile.

"Shiskhin will go two miles, but that can't cloud the issue."

One For The Team opened his account for the campaign with a dominant display in the Betfair Bet In-Play Handicap Hurdle.

Finishing in the frame in his three previous starts this season, the Nick Williams-trained six-year-old gained his just reward with victory in the three-mile prize.

Pressing on down the home straight, the 4-1 chance stayed on strongly to defeat Dolphin Square by 14 lengths.

Ocean Wind moved a step closer to giving trainer Roger Teal a rare runner at the Cheltenham Festival after storming to an eight-length victory in the Listed Racing... Only Bettor Podcast Bumper.

Teal said of the 7-2 shot: "He is a little star. He has got a lovely manner about him and he switches off. He was a Godolphin horse, so he is nicely bred and has got some gears."

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Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2020
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