ran with great credit last season when fourth in two of the toughest handicaps, behind Agrapart in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury and then in the Imperial Cup at Sandown Park.
Whittington immediately turned his attention to this prize and with a handicap mark of 133 not quite guaranteeing a run in the County Hurdle at Cheltenham, AFFAIRE D'HONNEUR
(3.10) will take his chance at Sandown.
2.25 Haydock Sporting (50:30:20:10) 14-17 Two Taffs, 9-12 Unowhatimeanharry, Caid Du Berlais, Yala Enki, Westren Warrior, 7-9 Point The Way, 6-8 Affaire D'Honneur
, 5-7 Ballybolley, Kruzhlinin, Theos Charm, Western Cape, 4-6 Rathpatrick, 3-5 Matorico, 1-3 Thomas Crapper, Donnas Diamond.
? Affaire D'Honneur
is set to head into next season with his novice status intact after Harry Whittington stated his intention to give his high-class hurdler a well-earned break.
An official rating of 131 for non four-year-old's is the ceiling, so we're not interested in Allee Bleue, Solstice Star, Flying Angel, Affaire D'Honneur
He was given plenty to do by Dan Skelton at Kempton last time, and was finishing strongly over the two mile trip behind Zulu Oscar and Affaire D'Honneur
. The step up to 2m4f should be right up his street and a bold showing here would be an obvious pointer to the nap in the Imperial Cup.
strength and honour Affaire D'Honneur
finishes second on his Kempton debut
Greatwood Hurdle Stan James: 10 Winter Escape, Adrien Du Pont, 12 A Hare Breath, Zubayr, Mister Miyagi, Sceau Royal, Brain Power, 14 Waxies Dargle, Garde La Victoire, Mick Jazz, Hargam, 16 Romain De Senam, Ch'Tibello, Diego Du Charmil, Affaire D'Honneur
, 20 bar.
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finishes second on his Kempton debut TRUST WESTERN RULES (4.40) to boost your Festival fighting fund in the Ortus Homes Hurdle at Ayr.
Sparsholt handler Harry Whittington intends to run his French import Affaire D'Honneur
1.40 Fontwell SP forecast 2-1 Only workmanlike in getting off the mark at 30-100 over 2m3f here this month and the runner-up was unable to frank the form last week, so probably vulnerable to a significant improver.
finished a place ahead of Two Taffs that day and has since gone on to run a huge race when fourth to Agrapart at Newbury.
He travelled well and hit 2.16 in running to turn over the smart 133-rated Affaire D'Honneur
in that 2m3f novice hurdle and, while he was beaten eight lengths in second, that is useful form.
? Unlucky Betfair Hurdle fourth Affaire D'Honneur
is one of 28 entries for Saturday's Imperial Cup at Sandown.
TODAY'S SELECTIONS Newbury 2.50 Red Devil Star 4.35 Exmoor Mist HORSES TO FOLLOW Adrien Du Pont, Affaire D'Honneur
, Aloomomo, Awesome Rosa, Ballydine, Banyu, Bekkensfirth, Better Getalong, Blandfords Gunner, Brother Scott, Champagne At Tara, Champagne Express, Coozan George, Dan Emmett, Friendly Royal, Jack Henri, Kayf Moss, Keltus, Khezerabad, King Of The Wolds, King's Tempest, Lily Waugh, Marracudja, Maximiser, Micks Lad, Minella Rocco, Mr Mix, New Street, No No Mac, Off The Ground, Reivers Lad, Relic Rock, Runswick Royal, Set In My Ways, Sir Ivan, Sir Mangan, Starchitect, The Barbury Queen, Turtle Watch, Two Taffs, Un Temps Pour Tout, What's The Scoop, Who Dares Wins, Zero Ground.