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Cheltenham Festival: Examining Nicky Henderson's representatives

Constitution Hill

Tucked away overlooking the yard, this is Henderson's unquestioned superstar. Constitution Hill caught attention at last year's Festival (taking the Novice Hurdle), but it wasn't until November's Fighting Fifth that he really took off. Destroying Epatante by twelve lengths, the Newcastle triumph was confirmed on Boxing Day at Kempton, when he went clear of his stablemate once more, this time by seventeen lengths. His talents are deceptive, however, with Henderson passing him off as a horse who "doesn't look anything special". Instead, his trainer says, Constitution Hill's greatest asset is his head. "You can put him to sleep until the right moment," he explains, "then Nico de Boinville knows where to press a button and turn him on."


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