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Monbeg Legend has been a real star for us winning on 6 separate occasions. In fact up until his come back run he has only been out of the frame when falling or when bursting blood vessels. He had been off colour for a while however as you can see from Nicky Henderson’s April report he has come back into form and returned from a 393 day break to run in a three mile hurdle at Market Rasen on July 27th. He was particularly keen and fresh early on in the race having been taken on for the lead. Nico de Bionville said that he settled and travelled well once getting to the front however the damage was done and a combination of this, not potentially getting the trip and needing the run after such a long time off meant that the petrol guage was empty as they turned for home. Nico allowed him to come home in his own time finishing a well beaten 9th. He was fit and well following the run and we will look to return him to fences over two and a half towards the back end of August. Possibly Uttoxeter where he is a C&D winner on Saturday 22nd.

He really loves good or faster ground and we are hopeful that he can again shine this Summer and into Autumn with conditions in his favour. He is usually a quick and accurate jumper and often likes to use this to his advantage from the front.

Monbeg Legend Wins At Stratford

Latest Update from trainer Nicky Henderson (7th April 2020)

“Eureka! We worked Monbeg yesterday and this again was a big improvement from ten days ago and completely different to what I was seeing a couple of months ago when he was only getting three quarters of the way up this hill before he dropped off the other horses. He is the one on the far side with a young filly that I think goes quite well. He lead as he always likes to do at home and as you can see she never really gets to him and he galloped right to the top and this is a pretty stiff gallop. I am just on the one mile marker.

So, he really has given me a lot of encouragement and there is no doubt he enjoyed this.

I would now think that we might as well give him a month in the field because, as you know, racing does not resume whatever happens until July 1st and I doubt there will be much for him in the early parts of the season. I don’t want to let him right down to get fat again but a month out on the best of the grass would obviously be of benefit and we will aim to have him ready as soon as racing starts and there are races for him when they publish a programme.

This really was very encouraging and obviously he will be even cheaper when he is in the field.”