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Hampshire horse racing trainer on victory roll
6:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
Paul Henderson is hitting form with two winners and the narrowest of runners-up from his last three runners.
Mount Vesuvius started the ball rolling by landing an £8,000 handicap hurdle when the Whitsbury trainer made the 630-mile round trip to Sedgefield, his first runner at the County Durham track.
Three days later Joe The Rogue scored the first win of his life – and the stable’s fifth of the NH season – with an emphatic performance in a 3m2½f handicap chase at Fontwell Park.
Despite being eased down by Nick Scholfield in the closing stages the six-year-old former Irish point-to-pointer was 19 lengths clear at the line.
Barely an hour before that success Chasers Chance – in his first outing since early May – was beaten a nose after finishing like a whirlwind under Tom O’Brien in the 2m6f handicap chase at the Sussex course giving 18lb to the winner.
Henderson said: “Chasers Chance has had some niggly problems since his last race and he really surprised us – two strides past the line he’d have won it.”
Mount Vesuvius – winner of his last two hurdles inside a week – will now take a break but Joe The Rogue is booked for a 2m7f handicap chase at Stratford on Tuesday of next week.
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