Henderson ready to unleash marquee hurdler Constitution Hill at Ascot

Trainer Nicky Henderson ready to unleash marquee hurdler Constitution Hill at Ascot after hailing ‘pretty flawless’ chasing debut of Jonbon

  • Nicky Henderson hailed the chasing debut of Jonbon on Wednesday 
  • He watched his six-year-old stretch seven lengths clear of Monmiral at Warwick
  • The trainer also allayed fears that Constitution Hill would miss his comeback

Trainer Nicky Henderson hailed the Warwick chasing debut of Jonbon on Wednesday as ‘pretty flawless’ before confirming plans to unleash marquee hurdler Constitution Hill at Ascot this weekend.

Henderson watched his six-year-old stretch seven lengths clear of the talented Monmiral in the hands of Aidan Coleman, earning quotes of 2-1 for the Arkle Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in March, a race won by Jonbon’s brother Douvan in 2016.

The master of Seven Barrows said: ‘This was always going to be his game, but he was a very high-class novice hurdler last season. It’s what we hoped for but it’s just a huge relief now it’s over. 

Jonbon stretched seven lengths clear of the talented Monmiral at Warwick on Wednesday

‘He jumps and he gallops and it’s a great racecourse and beautiful ground, so it was a good test for him. This isn’t a racecourse to take lightly but he was pretty flawless there.

‘We’ve got two and a half weeks now and it just gives us a bit of time before Sandown (Henry VIII Chase). So this has served its purpose — it’s a beginning and he’s exciting.’

With the ground easing at Ascot this week following almost an inch of rain, Henderson also allayed fears that Constitution Hill would miss his comeback in Saturday’s Coral Hurdle. He said: ‘It (the ground) is fine. I didn’t even have a sleepless night — the night before was hell! He’s all ready to go.’




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