Nicky Henderson | Days of Heaven to shine at Kempton

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Nicky Henderson | Days of Heaven to shine at Kempton

The @sevenbarrows bandwagon continues to chug along and we're at Kempton for a good card that features a couple of races for those that didn't make the cut to get into Cheltenham and it's a real good initiative. 

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I like both of these, in particular, DIVINE SPEAR who ran a great race at Ascot last time and to be honest I was quite happy that he got balloted out of Cheltenham because this is the race I wanted to aim him at and he looks well handicapped. He could be a very nice horse next year over fences and it would be nice if he could bag this prize like Might Bite did last year and then win next year's RSA; that's the plan anyway! 

DAYS OF HEAVEN has his first run since racing in America where he actually ran quite well but he will improve for this outing and we're hoping to take him to Aintree after this. He's a top of the ground horse so will be suited by the going but he might want a little further than this. They are both in great form and will definitely be in the firing line. 


As with the other two in the Handicap, both of these have very good chances and CULTIVATOR probably found the ground too soft in the Challow Hurdle last time so will be much better suited to this quicker surface. We've given him a little break and which has done him a lot of good and he's now in great shape at home and has genuine Grade One form which would suggest he should be up to going close here. He's only won one Novice Hurdle but us steadily progressing and I would hope he can win this and then we'll take him up to Aintree. 

MILZIPA is nice horse but is work in progress as he has a lot of growing up to do. He's in particularly good form though and did a lovely piece of work last week and I wouldn't be that surprised to see him finish in the money. The good ground will be in his favour.


This is the first tin for REBEL COMMANDER but he's a lovely horse who has been doing everything we have asked of him at home and I like him a lot but I will say that he has lots to learnt and may just be a little naive at this stage of his life. He's nice though and has ability. COLONIAL DREAMS has shown promise in two runs at Huntington and we have given him a wind operation since his latest run and I think he will certainly come on for it.




We ran him over 2miles last time and he stayed on well so we're going straight up to 3m now and I hope it will suit. He's won over 2m4f at Ludlow but I would have I have no qualms about going this far up in distance, my only concern is that he may be getting a little high in the weights as he's now off 142 which is a stone higher than his Ludlow victory and he would prefer softer ground, which is why I didn't take him to Cheltenham and it might not be that soft at Kempton as well but I'm happy with him though and he'll run a good race.



She ran a very good race at Newbury the other day when I actually thought she'd need it so I was very pleasantly surprised with how she performed. This is quite an ordinary Mares' Handicap and she would have a very big chance indeed.

Before I sign off after this mammoth week I would just like to extend my thanks to everyone for your kind messages during the Festival and for the lovely tributes to Consul De Thaix and Hadrian's Approach who we sadly lost at Cheltenham. It is so sad when you lose any horse and these two were real favourites in the yard. They actually lived right next door to each other and I can tell you their end of the barn is a very sombre place at the moment. 


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