Boy Oh Boy!
WINNER 98 OF 2021: JEN'S BOY, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Nico de Boinville: 'The Follow AtTheRaces On Twitter Handicap Hurdle' over 2m 4.5f at Plumpton.
With ears pricked, Jen's Boy set off in front. Joined at the head of the field after the 2nd hurdle, he continued to travel and jump well, as others made mistakes or began to come off the bridle in behind. Jumping the 9th hurdle really well, Nico asked him for an extra effort and jumping the last, he had the favourite and second favourite either side of him and our heart beats quickened as we shouted him home. He stayed on well and kept on strongly in the run-in, seeing off the challengers, to win by 1/2 a length - just as he started, with ears pricked!
This was his third victory over hurdles and he deserved to get the win, after putting in some very decent efforts in defeat. When you take a look at his 22 career starts, you'll see that he has finished in the winners enclosure 15 times!
"Jen's Boy is seeing it out best!" Watch the full race replay here: https://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Plumpton/15-November-2021/1445
Timeform rated it as a career best 107 over hurdles and Nico said in his Sky Sports Racing interview: "He enjoys it here around the tight bends and he knuckled down and really tried today.”
See the official photo gallery here: https://www.sdphotos.co.uk/view/
Syndicate manager Tom says: "Well done to his owners, he really deserved that given all those 2nd places he’s had! The drop in trip and return to hurdles really seems to have worked with him. He did seem to love winging around Plumpton last time out, which is why I was so keen to get him back there, even with the quick turnaround. Nicky did a great job getting him ready to go again and Nico gave him a peach of a ride, so thank you to the Seven Barrows team. He showed such a willing attitude to not allow anyone past him at any stage today, he faced some stern challenges up that home straight but he was not to be denied, today was all about him!”
TWO MORE WINNERS NEEDED FOR THE 100!!