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L'Homme Presse handed options after Grade One entries

Exciting novice chaser L’Homme Presse will bid to give his connections the chance to “scream the roof down” at Cheltenham in March, after being given entries in two Grade One contests at The Festival™.

The Venetia Williams-trained seven year old features among 44 entries received for the Turners Novices’ Chase (2m 3f 168y, Thursday 17th March) and the 47 names in contention to contest the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase (3m 80y, Wednesday 16th March).

However, connections have revealed that which of the options he takes up will be determined by ground conditions.

After making a winning debut over fences at Exeter on December 3rd over 2m 3f the son of Diamond Boy swiftly followed up in a graduation contest at Ascot on 18th December over 2m 5f, before securing victory in the Grade Two Paddy Power Novices’ Chase over an extended 2m 4f at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. 

And while L’Homme Presse is yet to race beyond 2m 5f, Andy Edwards, who owns the gelding in partnership with Peter and Patricia Pink under the DFA Racing banner, believes the progressive chaser would be just as comfortable contesting either race at The Festival.

He said: “What race we run in will be ground dependent. If it came up soft he would go for the shorter race (Turners Novices’ Chase) and if it came up quick he would go for the longer option (Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase). 

“You have got to have options as you don’t want to go down a one way street as you can’t turn back. He has got the pace to run in the Turners but he has got the stamina to run in the Brown Advisory. 

“I was at Venetia’s yard yesterday and I spoke to Charlie Deutsch (jockey) and he was very open minded. There is a long way to go and you know how many bad luck stories there are of horses not getting to Cheltenham. 

“There are so many difficult moments as an owner that when you have a great moment you have to scream the roof down as that is what it is all about. You have to enjoy the moment because as soon as the next race comes, that moment is gone.”

Victory at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day may have sparked wild celebrations from Edwards, but he admits that he was reduced to tears following L’Homme Presse’s success on his return to action at Exeter and compares the win to that of a “proud dad” moment. 

Edwards said: “I’ve been a very passionate racing fan since I was a teenager and for me to be on the biggest stage in the paddock at Cheltenham with those trainers and to have a horse there with a chance was amazing. 

“To then have nearly 30,000 people cheering - I can’t say I dreamed of it as I never thought I’d have one good enough to be there, even though you always hope when you buy them as young horses that they will be that good.

“The crowd were great and there were a lot of people who knew me standing around that winner’s enclosure. There were some at Ascot welcoming me back and even a few shouted my name after he won at Exeter. 

“I cried when I walked into the winner’s enclosure at Exeter. I grabbed Venetia’s arm but then I stopped and put my hands on my knees as I was so emotional and she said she was as well. 

“It was just the two and a half-year journey I had been on with the horse to get him there winning over fences. I had a proud dad feeling like if my son had been selected to play for the school rugby team and they won and he scored the try.”

Edwards believes the emergence of L’Homme Presse as one of Jump racing’s rising stars is down to the upbringing he was given as a youngster in France.

He explained: “What I do is buy the young horses predominantly in France and have them educated in the way I think they should be. It is very structured what they go through. 

“They go through kindergarten, primary school, secondary school then go off to college and away they go. They get that experience in France, then I bring them over to England to share with people.

“Why I do this is that I have a strong belief that 20 per cent of a racehorse is about the body and the core and 80 per cent is about mental and emotional needs. 

“Every yard my horses go to the staff always say how nice they are to deal with and there is a reason why - it is because I put a lot of effort into them.”

According the Edwards, L’Homme Presse will be given another outing over fences before he takes in a trip to The Festival, but where and when that will take place remains to be decided.  

He added: “He was hardly having a blow after The Dipper and he has been kept ticking over by Venetia with a view to getting another run into him before Cheltenham. 

“The clue is in the title that he is a novice and the more they learn before going to Cheltenham the better. 

“It will all be ground dependent as ultimately we don’t want to run him in a glue pot and bottom him out before Cheltenham. I can’t say where that run will be - it will just have to be of waiting and seeing where the right ground is.”

Cheltenham entries

Sporting Life Arkle Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 1m 7f 199yds

Tuesday 15th March
Blue Lord (FR) 7 11 4 Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede Willie Mullins IRE 
Brave Seasca (FR) 7 11 4 Brooks & Taylor Families Venetia Williams 
Captain Tom Cat (IRE) 7 11 4 Deva Racing (CTC) Dr Richard Newland 
Ciel De Neige (FR) 7 11 4 Mr John P. McManus Willie Mullins IRE 
Coeur Sublime (IRE) 7 11 4 C. Jones Henry de Bromhead IRE
Do Your Job (IRE) 8 11 4 Mr Mark Dunphy Michael Scudamore 
Edwardstone (GB) 8 11 4 Robert Abrey & Ian Thurtle Alan King 
El Barra (FR) 8 11 4 Mrs S. Ricci Willie Mullins IRE 
Elixir de Nutz (FR) 8 11 4 Mr Terry Warner Colin Tizzard 
Ferny Hollow (IRE) 7 11 4 Cheveley Park Stud Willie Mullins IRE 
For Pleasure (IRE) 7 11 4 Premier Plastering (UK) Limited Alex Hales 
Grand Bornand (FR) 6 11 4 Mrs S. Ricci Willie Mullins IRE 
Hardy du Seuil (FR) 5 11 4 The Hardy Souls Jamie Snowden 
Haut En Couleurs (FR) 5 11 4 Mrs J. Donnelly Willie Mullins IRE 
Jungle Boogie (IRE) 8 11 4 Mr Malcolm C. Denmark Willie Mullins IRE 
Magic Daze (IRE) 6 10 11 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE 
Red Rookie (GB) 7 11 4 The Hawk Inn Syndicate 3 Emma Lavelle 
Ribble Valley (IRE) 9 11 4 Mr David Wesley Yates Nicky Richards 
Riviere d'Etel (FR) 5 10 11 Bective Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Saint Sam (FR) 5 11 4 Mr Edward J. Ware Willie Mullins IRE 
Shadow Rider (FR) 8 11 4 Mr John P. McManus Willie Mullins IRE 
Shakem Up'arry (IRE) 8 11 4 Mr Harry Redknapp Ben Pauling 
Third Time Lucki (IRE) 7 11 4 Mike and Eileen Newbould Dan Skelton 
War Lord (GER) 7 11 4 The Wychwood Partnership Colin Tizzard 

24 entries
12 Irish-trained

National Hunt Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 3m 5f 201yds

Tuesday 15th March
Annual Invictus (IRE) 7 11 6 Mr Thomas Michael Smith Chris Gordon 
Back On The Lash (GB) 8 11 6 Mr M. Boothright Martin Keighley 
Beatthebullet (IRE) 8 11 6 Conyers, O'Reilly, Roddis, Zeffman Rebecca Curtis 
Big Nasty (GB) 9 11 6 Peel Racing Syndicate Martin Keighley 
Braeside (IRE) 8 11 6 KTDA Racing Gordon Elliott IRE 
Brinkley (FR) 7 11 6 Brocade Racing David Pipe 
Capodanno (FR) 6 11 6 Mr John P. McManus Willie Mullins IRE 
Castle Robin (IRE) 7 11 6 Bradley Partnership Charlie Longsdon 
Cavallino (IRE) 7 11 6 Mr Malcolm C. Denmark Willie Mullins IRE 
Come On Teddy (IRE) 8 11 6 Noel Fehily Racing Syndicates-Teddy Tom George 
Corach Rambler (IRE) 8 11 6 The Ramblers Lucinda Russell 
Diol Ker (FR) 8 11 6 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE 
Does He Know (GB) 7 11 6 Yes He Does Syndicate Kim Bailey 
Doyen Breed (IRE) 7 11 6 The Explorers Sandy Thomson 
En Beton (FR) 8 11 6 Cheveley Park Stud Willie Mullins IRE 
Eva's Oskar (IRE) 8 11 6 Sally & Richard Prince Tim Vaughan 
Fantastikas (FR) 7 11 6 Imperial Racing Partnership 2016 Nigel Twiston-Davies 
Farouk d'Alene (FR) 7 11 6 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
Fern Hill (IRE) 7 11 6 Cross Foran Harrison Ben Case 
Five O'clock (FR) 7 11 6 Mrs S. Ricci Willie Mullins IRE 
Frontal Assault (IRE) 7 11 6 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Fury Road (IRE) 8 11 6 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
Gustavian (IRE) 7 11 6 Decimus Racing I Anthony Honeyball 
Hold That Taught (GB) 7 11 6 Mr P. Davies Venetia Williams 
Indiana Jones (FR) 6 11 6 Robcour Mouse Morris IRE 
J'Ai Froid (IRE) 9 11 6 Mrs K. Bromley Laura Morgan 
Jungle Boogie (IRE) 8 11 6 Mr Malcolm C. Denmark Willie Mullins IRE 
Lord Accord (IRE) 7 11 6 Lynne & Angus Maclennan Neil Mulholland 
Major Dundee (IRE) 7 11 6 Exors of the late Mr Trevor Hemmings Alan King 
Mr Harp (IRE) 9 11 6 Mr J. Reddington Thomas Gallagher 
Omar Maretti (IRE) 8 11 6 Mr J. T. B. Hunt Alex Hales 
Ontheropes (IRE) 8 11 6 Cheveley Park Stud Willie Mullins IRE 
Opposites Attract (IRE) 8 11 6 Slattery Bloodstock Ltd Dermot McLoughlin IRE
Papa Tango Charly (FR) 7 11 6 Martin Tedham & Wasdell Properties Ltd. Jonjo O'Neill 
Pats Fancy (IRE) 7 11 6 Hydes,McDermott,Spencer,Frobisher & Lee Rebecca Curtis 
Rapper (GB) 8 11 6 The Home Farm Partnership Henry Daly 
Roi de Dubai (IRE) 10 11 6 Ms Caroline Ahearn John McConnell IRE 
Run Wild Fred (IRE) 8 11 6 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
Slipway (IRE) 7 11 6 Mrs S. N. J. Embiricos Ben Pauling 
Stattler (IRE) 7 11 6 Mr R. A. Bartlett Willie Mullins IRE 
Stratum (GB) 9 11 6 Tony Bloom Willie Mullins IRE 
Streets of Doyen (IRE) 8 11 6 Ms Caroline Ahearn John McConnell IRE 
The Bosses Oscar (IRE) 7 11 6 Bective Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
Threeunderthrufive (IRE) 7 11 6 McNeill Family Paul Nicholls 
Tommie Beau (IRE) 7 11 6 Simon & Christine Prout Seamus Mullins 
Torygraph (IRE) 7 11 6 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
Vanillier (FR) 7 11 6 Mrs H. M. Keaveney Gavin Cromwell IRE 
Your Darling (IRE) 7 11 6 Lord and Lady Vestey Ben Pauling 

48 entries
21 Irish-trained

Brown Advisory Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 3m 80y

Wednesday 16th March
Ahoy Senor (IRE) 7 11 4 Mrs C Wymer & Mr PJS Russell Lucinda Russell 
Annual Invictus (IRE) 7 11 4 Mr Thomas Michael Smith Chris Gordon 
Barnaviddaun (IRE) 9 11 4 Graham Clarkson & Andrew Smelt David Bridgwater 
Beacon Edge (IRE) 8 11 4 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE 
Bob Olinger (IRE) 7 11 4 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
Bothwell Bridge (IRE) 7 11 4 Victoria Dunn and Nicholas Mustoe Nicky Henderson 
Braeside (IRE) 8 11 4 KTDA Racing Gordon Elliott 
Bravemansgame (FR) 7 11 4 John Dance and Bryan Drew Paul Nicholls 
Brinkley (FR) 7 11 4 Brocade Racing David Pipe 
Bushypark (IRE) 8 11 4 Mr P. Kirby Philip Kirby 
Busselton (FR) 5 11 0 Chanelle Phar. Ltd Joseph O'Brien IRE 
Capodanno (FR) 6 11 4 Mr John P. McManus Willie Mullins IRE 
Delvino (IRE) 7 10 11 Mrs P J Conway Mark McCrory IRE 
Dickie Diver (IRE) 9 11 4 Mr John P. McManus Nicky Henderson 
Diol Ker (FR) 8 11 4 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE 
Dusart (IRE) 7 11 4 Mr R. A. Bartlett Nicky Henderson 
Egality Mans (FR) 8 11 4 Mrs J. Donnelly Willie Mullins IRE 
En Beton (FR) 8 11 4 Cheveley Park Stud Willie Mullins IRE 
Fantastikas (FR) 7 11 4 Imperial Racing Partnership 2016 Nigel Twiston-Davies 
Farouk d'Alene (FR) 7 11 4 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
Fighter Allen (FR) 7 11 4 C. Jones Willie Mullins IRE 
Five O'clock (FR) 7 11 4 Mrs S. Ricci Willie Mullins IRE 
French Dynamite (FR) 7 11 4 Robcour Mouse Morris IRE 
Fury Road (IRE) 8 11 4 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
Gabynako (FR) 7 11 4 Mick & Molly Syndicate Gavin Cromwell IRE 
Gaillard du Mesnil (FR) 6 11 4 Mrs J. Donnelly Willie Mullins IRE 
Gallyhill (IRE) 7 11 4 Mr Claudio Michael Grech Nicky Henderson 
Galopin des Champs (FR) 6 11 4 Mrs Audrey Turley Willie Mullins IRE 
Grumpy Charley (GB) 7 11 4 Mr G. Thompson Chris Honour 
Hold That Taught (GB) 7 11 4 Mr P. Davies Venetia Williams 
Imperial Alcazar (IRE) 8 11 4 Imperial Racing Partnership 2016 Fergal O'Brien 
Jungle Boogie (IRE) 8 11 4 Mr Malcolm C. Denmark Willie Mullins IRE 
L'homme Presse (FR) 7 11 4 DFA Racing (Pink & Edwards) Venetia Williams 
Mister Coffey (FR) 7 11 4 Lady Bamford & Alice Bamford Nicky Henderson 
Ontheropes (IRE) 8 11 4 Cheveley Park Stud Willie Mullins IRE 
Oscar Elite (IRE) 7 11 4 Mrs Mary-Ann Middleton Colin Tizzard 
Papa Tango Charly (FR) 7 11 4 Martin Tedham & Wasdell Properties Ltd. Jonjo O'Neill 
Pats Fancy (IRE) 7 11 4 Hydes,McDermott,Spencer,Frobisher & Lee Rebecca Curtis 
Run Wild Fred (IRE) 8 11 4 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
Silver Forever (IRE) 8 10 11 Mr Colm Donlon Paul Nicholls 
Sounds Russian (IRE) 7 11 4 Claxby & Co Ruth Jefferson 
Stattler (IRE) 7 11 4 Mr R. A. Bartlett Willie Mullins IRE 
Stratum (GB) 9 11 4 Tony Bloom Willie Mullins IRE 
Streets of Doyen (IRE) 8 11 4 Ms Caroline Ahearn John McConnell IRE 
The Bosses Oscar (IRE) 7 11 4 Bective Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
Threeunderthrufive (IRE) 7 11 4 McNeill Family Paul Nicholls 
Vanillier (FR) 7 11 4 Mrs H. M. Keaveney Gavin Cromwell IRE 

47 entries 
25 Irish-trained

Turners Novices' Chase (Grade 1) 2m 3f 168yds

Thursday 17th March
Barnaviddaun (IRE) 9 11 4 Graham Clarkson & Andrew Smelt David Bridgwater 
Blue Lord (FR) 7 11 4 Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede Willie Mullins IRE 
Bob Olinger (IRE) 7 11 4 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE 
Bothwell Bridge (IRE) 7 11 4 Victoria Dunn and Nicholas Mustoe Nicky Henderson 
Bravemansgame (FR) 7 11 4 John Dance and Bryan Drew Paul Nicholls 
Busselton (FR) 5 11 2 Chanelle Phar. Ltd Joseph O'Brien IRE 
Capodanno (FR) 6 11 4 Mr John P. McManus Willie Mullins IRE 
Captain Tom Cat (IRE) 7 11 4 Deva Racing (CTC) Dr Richard Newland 
Dusart (IRE) 7 11 4 Mr R. A. Bartlett Nicky Henderson 
Egality Mans (FR) 8 11 4 Mrs J. Donnelly Willie Mullins IRE 
El Barra (FR) 8 11 4 Mrs S. Ricci Willie Mullins IRE 
En Beton (FR) 8 11 4 Cheveley Park Stud Willie Mullins IRE 
Farouk d'Alene (FR) 7 11 4 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
Ferny Hollow (IRE) 7 11 4 Cheveley Park Stud Willie Mullins IRE 
Fighter Allen (FR) 7 11 4 C. Jones Willie Mullins IRE 
French Dynamite (FR) 7 11 4 Robcour Mouse Morris IRE 
Fury Road (IRE) 8 11 4 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
Gabynako (FR) 7 11 4 Mick & Molly Syndicate Gavin Cromwell 
Gaillard du Mesnil (FR) 6 11 4 Mrs J. Donnelly Willie Mullins IRE 
Gallyhill (IRE) 7 11 4 Mr Claudio Michael Grech Nicky Henderson 
Galopin des Champs (FR) 6 11 4 Mrs Audrey Turley Willie Mullins IRE 
Grand Bornand (FR) 6 11 4 Mrs S. Ricci Willie Mullins IRE 
Grumpy Charley (GB) 7 11 4 Mr G. Thompson Chris Honour 
Hardy du Seuil (FR) 5 11 2 The Hardy Souls Jamie Snowden 
Haut En Couleurs (FR) 5 11 2 Mrs J. Donnelly Willie Mullins IRE 
Imperial Alcazar (IRE) 8 11 4 Imperial Racing Partnership 2016 Fergal O'Brien 
Jacamar (GER) 7 11 4 Mark & Maria Adams Milton Harris 
Jungle Boogie (IRE) 8 11 4 Mr Malcolm C. Denmark Willie Mullins IRE 
L'homme Presse (FR) 7 11 4 DFA Racing (Pink & Edwards) Venetia Williams 
Millers Bank (GB) 8 11 4 Millers Bank Partnership Alex Hales 
Minella Drama (IRE) 7 11 4 Green Day Racing Donald McCain 
Mister Coffey (FR) 7 11 4 Lady Bamford & Alice Bamford Nicky Henderson 
Nassalam (FR) 5 11 2 John and Yvonne Stone Gary Moore 
Oscar Elite (IRE) 7 11 4 Mrs Mary-Ann Middleton Colin Tizzard 
Papa Tango Charly (FR) 7 11 4 Martin Tedham & Wasdell Properties Ltd. Jonjo O'Neill 
Pic D'orhy (FR) 7 11 4 Mrs Johnny de la Hey Paul Nicholls 
Presentandcounting (IRE) 8 11 4 Mr J. Turner Donald McCain 
Riviere d'Etel (FR) 5 10 9 Bective Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Run Wild Fred (IRE) 8 11 4 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
Saint Sam (FR) 5 11 2 Mr Edward J. Ware Willie Mullins IRE 
Stattler (IRE) 7 11 4 Mr R. A. Bartlett Willie Mullins IRE 
Stolen Silver (FR) 7 11 4 Walters Plant Hire & Potter Group Sam Thomas 
Thedevilscoachman (IRE) 6 11 4 Mr John P. McManus Noel Meade IRE 
War Lord (GER) 7 11 4 The Wychwood Partnership Colin Tizzard 

44 entries 
23 Irish-trained

 

 

 

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