I’ve just backed Henlan Harri at 16/1 for Wincanton’s Badger Ales Trophy on Saturday. He won the Bet365 (The Whitbread to us oldies) in April with a fine display of front-running, clever jumping and almost bottomless determination.
He had a nice pipe-opener over hurdles in mid October and he’s jocked up (S. Bowen). P Bowen won this twice with Swansea Bay some years ago. This will be his first runner in it since 2013.
Beware – the usual antepost caveats apply. The fact that a horse is jocked up (his jockey booking appears in the early entries) is often, but not always, a strong sign that he will indeed run here. But if he doesn’t turn up your bet is a loser. 16/1 is on offer in a few places. I used Betvictor.
Post-race edit and P&L update (from November 2017)
Supported into 8/1 at the off but disappointed. Sean Bowen went to Aintree and the ride here was taken by his younger brother James. He and HH were not getting on early doors, losing ground jumping at each of the first 6 fences. Turning into the straight for the first time HH picked up his bridle and travelled much more sweetly helping his young jockey (a highly promising lad) get into a good rhythm.
In the end HH faded tamely perhaps not enjoying the ground although the way he brightened turning for home first time would just raise slight questions that he might have a quirk or two. Time will tell.
We are now 2 points down betting this season.