Jack The Giant returns to exercise following injury
NICKY HENDERSON'S Jack The Giant, the Ladbroke Hurdle winner who missed the second half of last season due to a knee injury, has returned to regular cantering exercise at Seven Barrows.
Winner of six of his eight most recent races, he was switched back to hurdles to exploit a favourable handicap mark and duly delivered at Cheltenham and in Ascot's Ladbroke. In the latter, he was backed from a morning 9-2 to 9-4 favourite to land one of the gambles of the winter.
Having successfully completed those assignments, the six-year-old returned to chasing and won in good style at Leicester in early January. However, in that race he over extended the back of a knee, which resulted in himmissing the remainder of the campaign. He had been one of the ante-post favourites for the Totesport Trophy at Newbury.
Henderson said: "Jack The Giant is back cantering and he looks marvelous. Before we called stumps last winter the plan was to aim for the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham, and I expect that will be his target this time around. Hurdling is now off the agendabecause he has done his job there, and in future we will concentrate on chasing."
The trainer added: "We were thrilled with his win over fences at Leicester, where he looked very good. It also told us that he stays at least two and a half miles, which I expect will prove to be his trip. Good ground is important to him."