Newbury: Henderson ends week on a high.
A week that started badly for Nicky Henderson when Marlborough was scratched from the Hennessy ended on a much brighter note when Katarino and Got One Too both won at Newbury, and Landing Light did so at Newcastle.
Katarino was cut to 12-1 by Coral for the Royal & SunAlliance Novices' Chase after making an impressive debut over British fences in the 21/2-mile Fulke Walwyn Novices' Chase.
The six-year-old, who has Kempton's Feltham Novices' Chase as his next target, has had no end of breathing problems since he won the 1999 Triumph Hurdle and finished last on his only appearance last season, so it was a terrific training performance to have him in such good order on his first start since then.
It clearly meant a lot to Henderson, who described Katarino as "the nicest person you could meet", and said: "It's lovely to see him back, and a huge relief. He has his own way of breathing, but Norman [Williamson] said he was making the same noise going down as he was jumping the last.
"It's taken two years to get his wind right and there's nothing left that we can do, but it has obviously worked to a degree. It's been a long struggle getting him back, but he's got a touch of class."
Henderson celebrated a double half an hour later as Got One Too made all in the two-mile Gerry Feilden Hurdle.
The trainer, who bought Got One Too off the Flat after he had won a lowly handicap at Brighton, has no immediate plans for the four-year-old, but reckons he will make an exciting novice chaser next season.
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Dec 3, 2001|
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