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Newbury: Papini stifles Henderson rumours with emphatic win.

Byline: er: Andrew King

REPORTS of Nicky Henderson closing his Seven Barrows yard to business appeared to have been greatly exaggerated following the all the way success of the trainer's P apini in the juvenile hurdle.

Henderson has admitted a problem in the stable but was on fairly good terms with himself after the Mick Fitzgerald-partnered gelding had held off the challenge of At Your Request.

He said: ``I'm the first to say that some of our horses have not been running great but this is one of those who has been okay. We have just had 80-odd horses re-vaccinated so we will be quiet for a while.

``This horse is brave as he stays well and is just a nice four-year-old who is owned by the Newbury Racehorse Owners' Group. He doesn't have to run here but it's nice that he's won at the course.''

Henderson played down talk of a Triumph Hurdle challenge with P apini. He added: ``I'm not sure he is Triumph class and we might look at the Fred Winter Juvenile Novices' Handicap Hurdle.''

However, Henderson's joy was short-lived as Val du Don was a big disappointment in the novices' chase behind Mixsterthetrixster,who stayed on well for Joe Tizzard to deny See You Sometime and give Tracey Barfoot-Saunt her first winner for a while.

Martin Pipe's Celtic Son clocked up his third victory in four attempts over ten days when easily accounting for Moscow Whisper in the conditional jockeys' handicap hurdle under Tom Malone.

Pipe's son David said: ``He's been kept busy because he goes up a lot in the handicap from the weekend and he could go to Warwick on Saturday as he's entered in the P ertemps Qualifier there.''

Jim Old sent out his ninth winner of the season when Young Collier rallied strongly on the run-in for Wayne Hutchinson to thwart Dun An Doras by a short head in the two-and-a-quarter-mile handicap chase.

Hutchinson has impressed in the saddle on many occasions recently, but the stewards frowned on his use of the whip aboard the winner and banned him for two days (Jan 24-25) after finding he had hit the horse in an incorrect place.

James Fanshawe was pleased with the progress Pole Star is making since his attentions were switched to hurdling and the seven-year-old could not have landed the two-mile-three-furlong novices' hurdle any easier.

The Newmarket trainer said: ``He's been rejuvenated by jumps and is gaining lots of confidence for winning. We'll give him one more outing somewhere before we decide in which novice hurdle he runs at the Cheltenham Festival.''

King Harald rallied back past The Bandit for a short-head verdict in the three-mile handicap chase and Oliver Sherwood's newcomer Creinch proved the answer to the concluding bumper under Jimmy McCarthy.

SUPREME NOVICES' HURDLE William Hill: 7-1 Marcel, 14 Olaso, 16 Arcalis, Astronomic, Refinement, Rocket Ship, Wild Passion, 20 Coat Of Honour, Manners, Only Vintage, Pole Star 25 bar.

Star performance Pole Star romped to his second hurdles victory and could end up at the Cheltenham Festival in March Armchair ride

Conditional jockey Tom Malone had no worries aboard Celtic Son as Martin Pipe's charge scored for the third time from four tries in the past nine days

Only a short head but they all count

King Harald and Young Collier both landed their respective races by the minimum margin

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Date:Jan 13, 2005
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