Whitsbury trainer comes up trumps with outsider Rior

WHITSBURY-based trainer Paul Henderson disproved an old theory with a tenacious victory at Wincanton last week.

Rior, a pony-sized six-year-old, contradicted that a good big ‘un will always beat a good little ‘un as the 10-1 outsider beat favourite Lumps Gold to clinch the 2m6f novices’ handicap hurdle by three-quarters of a length under Tom O’Brien.

Henderson – saddling his eighth winner of the National Hunt Horse Racing season – said: “I bought Rior unseen from Ireland and I couldn’t believe how small he was when he arrived but he’s got a big heart and he’s a real trier and a neat jumper.”

The 12 members of the Henderson’s Racing Club who own the King’s Theatre gelding were ecstatic at their first win.

Syndicate manager Bob Galpin of Titchfield said: “Rior has run only three times for us. He was third last time and we hoped to be placed again, so we’re delighted with this performance."


Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree