Cheltenham Festival: Supreme Novices Hurdle hopeful Jonbon impresses Nicky Henderson in Kempton spin | Race News

Jonbon ended all rumors about his wellbeing with a sparkling job under Aidan Coleman as Nicky Henderson put 10 horses to the test at Kempton.

The Sky Bet Supreme Novices Hurdle prospect drifted on trading over the weekend but then firmed up and is currently 4-1 with the sponsors for the March 15 opener at the Cheltenham Festival.

Jonbon, who was on his toes before, was the first to work on his own under Aidan Coleman and did well. He was followed by Epatante (Coleman), Constitution Hill (Nico de Boinville) and Tweed Skirt (James Bowen) in the second group.

Jonbon on his way to victory over hurdles on his Newbury debut

Captain Morgs (Bowen), I Am Maximus (De Boinville), Ahorsewithnoname (Coleman) were in the next line to work on and the spin was completed by Dusart (De Boinville), Dame De Compagnie (Coleman) and Pistol Whipped (Bowen) .

Henderson laughed off the rumors about Jonbon, which left him in disbelief when he arrived at Kempton last weekend.

He said: “We just know this kind of thing happens and it’s absolute rubbish – at least I know it’s rubbish. But trying to convince people! Once it starts, it’s a joke.

“It was all around the racetrack, everywhere I went. What’s wrong with him? You have seen it for yourself.

Constitution Hill is as short as 2/1 for Supreme Novices & # 39;  Hurdle after Tolworth Hurdle victory
Constitution Hill landing the Grade One Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown

The Seven Barrows manager, who was joined by Constitution Hill owner Michael Buckley, was happy with the job.

“Nothing went wrong, which was good,” he said. “They’re never guaranteed to go exactly as planned, but I’d say there were no nasty bumps, which was good.

“What’s amazing is their times. They’re so consistent, each was within a second or a second and a half of each.

“Some find it easier than others, as you saw, but I was so happy with Jonbon, all his behavior, behavior and everything.

“If he got upset, I was perfectly happy to take him straight home and not even go out.

“He hasn’t thrown it all over the place. He does his own thing much better. He doesn’t need to cheer himself up anymore. He’s in good shape and I thought he was doing very well. well. He was moving beautifully.”

He added: “It’s just to give them that little sharpness. It’s not really that they need a canter. One or two of them do; Stunning hasn’t raced since Christmas and had a good shot and she really needed a canter.

“I didn’t come with Shishkin voluntarily. He didn’t need another gallop after Ascot. He worked this morning from home and Nico was happy with him.

“The others who didn’t come were Chantry House and Champ, as they had races on practice day. They’re not short (of a gallop).

“These are the ones that haven’t run in a long time, just to get them out and it kinda wakes them up a bit. It’s not that you do a lot more. It’s just a day and it puts a spring in their step to be honest with you and they take advantage of it.

“It’s what they were born and bred for. They know where they are and they go there as happy as you want them to. They appreciate that.”

While Jonbon may have been on his toes, Constitution Hill pulled some clear lengths into his work and “looked at a picture,” according to his owner.

“I don’t know what to do with these gallops,” Buckley said. “I just thought he looked good on his own, but Nicky will know if he did a good job or not. It’s a great day, anyway.”

The plan is for Cheltenham hopefuls to do some serious work.

“They’ll have a one mile grass canter on Tuesday and we might stagger the days a bit depending on which days they race, but Jonbon and Constitution Hill have never been together and they’re not going to go together – he’s as simple as that.Epatante will also work on Tuesdays.

Henderson added: “I was happy with them. I didn’t want to see anything I didn’t want to see.

“Anything can go wrong. You work these horses at high speed. A lot of things can happen. They can break blood vessels. They can hurt themselves badly standing in a box.

“When you do something like this, the first thing you try to do is make sure everything is working and there is no disaster.

“Touch wood, if A finishes ahead of B who finishes ahead of C, it’s irrelevant. I could probably tell you what order they would end up in.

“But what’s interesting is that the times were very consistent. It doesn’t show you that somebody was faster than anybody else.”

He added: “Getting them there fit and healthy is the most important thing.

“It’s a difficult time – and that applies to every coach in the country.”

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