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Whisper it, but Henderson's happy!

NICKY Henderson appeared content with Whisper, Peace And Co and Josses Hill after the trio enjoyed a racecourse gallop at Newbury.

After a disappointing chasing debut at Exeter in January, Whisper reverted to the smaller obstacles in the spring and was last seen winning the Silver Cross Stayers' Hurdle at Aintree for the second successive year.

The seven-year-old is set to make his seasonal reappearance in Newbury's bet365 Long Distance Hurdle on Saturday week and Henderson expressed his satisfaction after he worked over a mile and a half at the Berkshire circuit on a specially arranged media event to promote the upcoming Hennessy meeting.

He said: "The idea with Whisper was to go novice chasing last season.

"He would not have got halfway round here today this time last year.

"I don't know where he went. There were no physical defects, he was just awful.

"He had the one run in a novice chase at Exeter and finished behind one of Paul's (Nicholls) and it would not have been one of his stars (Ceasar Milan).

"We gave him a run in the World Hurdle and that put him spot on for Aintree and he was really good again.

"At the end of the season I sat down with Dai Walters and as we went down the chasing route with Oscar Whisky and he had a fatal fall in the Tingle Creek he was not for doing that route again, not when we have a good chance of winning the World Hurdle.

"Whisper was much of the strongest of the three today. He will be ready for next weekend."

Whisper was partnered by Jeremiah McGrath in Tuesday's workout, with the Jamie Davidson-ridden Peace And Co and Peter Carberry aboard Josses Hill finishing close-up.

Peace And Co, who extended his unbeaten record to four when winning the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham in March, is set to return to Prestbury Park for his seasonal debut in the International Hurdle on December 12.

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Jeremiah McGrath riding Whisper (left) leads out the Nicky Henderson horses on |a media day prior to the Hennessey Gold Cup Festival at Newbury racecourse

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 18, 2015
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