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Nicky Henderson watches at Kempton 11.02.11

Nicky Henderson: trainer worked six horses after racing at Kempton

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)  

Bobs Worth pleases Henderson in gallop

TWENTY days before his biggest test yet Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Bobs Worth limbered up with a gallop in the post-racing gloom at Kempton.

In his first public appearance since winning the Hennessy Gold Cup, Bobs Worth, who missed his intended warm-up race last month due to an unsatisfactory trachea wash, galloped two miles under Barry Geraghty alongside stablemates Binocular and Long Run, one of his Gold Cup rivals.

"I thought Bobs Worth worked very well," said trainer Nicky Henderson about the general 3-1 Gold Cup favourite.

"He was the one I was trying to get most work into as he missed his prep run. But you wouldn't want to leave him alone now. He'll work again next weekend.

"Binocular found it easy working with three-milers but Long Run was being quite lazy and we're thinking of cheekpieces for him."

Tony McCoy, who rode Stan James Champion Hurdle hope Binocular, said: "He worked well, as you'd expect him to. I was happy with him and he seems to have improved since Leopardstown."

Grand Annual contender Kid Cassidy, JCB Triumph Hurdle hope Rolling Star and last year's Ryanair Chase winner Riverside Theatre formed another trio and Henderson added: "All six of them are horses that have missed races because of weather and things like that. The ground is good and the timing is great."

Fellow Ryanair entry Albertas Run galloped between races earlier in the day and trainer Jonjo O'Neill said: "He nearly definitely goes to Cheltenham so long as it keeps drying out, although he wouldn't go if there was any question mark over his wellbeing."

Paul Nicholls, who galloped Wonderful Charm and Fascino Rustico, said: "Both had a nice spin round. I just wanted to get Wonderful Charm on the racecourse before Cheltenham."

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