Henderson duo ready for festival

Nicky Henderson is very pleased with how Josses Hill and Whisper are shaping up ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.

Josses Hill has not been seen since finishing last in the five-man King George field – but Henderson is happy with him and he is going straight to the Ryanair Chase.

“He will go straight to the Ryanair now. He has been 100 per cent since the King George and he worked well on Saturday,” said Henderson.

“We have not thought beyond Cheltenham with him.”

Whilst he knows which race Josses Hill will be lining up in, he is yet to decide where Whisper will be seen.

“I do keep umming and ahhing. I’ve always thought he was a JLT horse, but a lot of people are trying to convince me three miles might be better,” he said.

“If he is nearly favourite for the RSA that tells me something about the race. We have Top Notch in the JLT, but it is not the case that one horse makes a difference. It is a close call.”



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