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Spirit Son

Age: 6

Trainer: Nicky Henderson

Notable Race Wins:-

Mersey Novices' Hurdle: 2011

Spirit Son was arguably one of the most impressive horses leading up to the 2011 Supreme Novice's Hurdle and it looked for all money that Nicky Henderson's emerging star would bag the Cheltenham Festival curtain-raiser before being nabbed on the line by Paul Nicholls' Al Ferof.

Leading over the final flight under a power-packed ride from Barry Geraghty the five-year-old just got edged out by the Nicholls inmate late on to finish in second.  However, he showed his true class when winning the John Smith's Mersey Novices' Hurdle at Aintree the following month beating the classy Cue Card by 13 lengths.

Now set for a campaign out of the novice ranks the Michael Buckley-owned gelding will certainly be a contender in the leading 2m hurdles throughout the season.  Likely to be trained for the 2012 Champion Hurdle and a possible duel with current champion Hurricane Fly, Spirit Son will certainly be a force to be reckoned with this season and is bound to improve with the more racing.

With only four starts to his name, Henderson's is bound to ooze more class out of his potential superstar and not he could be battling it out in all the Grade One contests throughout the season to get him fighting for the Cheltenham Festival showpiece on the opening day.

Possibe Races for 2011/2012 Season

Champion Hurdle

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