Bobs Worth: a three-time winner at the Cheltenham Festival
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NICKY HENDERSON has paid an affectionate tribute to Bobs Worth following the retirement of the horse who achieved the rare feat of winning three different races in successive years at the Cheltenham Festival.
Owned by the Not Afraid Partnership that included Henderson’s close friend and former Newbury director Malcolm Kimmins, Bobs Worth began his love affair with the festival by winning the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle in 2011 before following up in the RSA Chase 12 months later.
He then enjoyed the finest hour of his career in 2013 when powering up the Cheltenham hill to capture the Gold Cup.
The 11-year-old’s other big-race triumphs include the 2012 Hennessy Gold Cup and the Lexus Chase a year later, while his CV also features novice hurdle wins over Sire De Grugy and Rock On Ruby, and a novice chase victory from Cue Card.
The manner of his victories – often stamped with a never-say-die attitude – endeared him to connections as well as racegoers.
‘He’s amazing, an absolute legend’
“He wasn’t a horse who took much racing because he put so much into it,” said Henderson. “What he lacked in natural class if you like, he was the greatest workman.”
Asked if the Gold Cup was his Bobs Worth highlight, the trainer said: “It has to be, but they were three amazing days. To go to three consecutive festivals and win three different races was very special and something that is very difficult to do.
“Then he’s come back this season and beaten Simonsig over hurdles at Aintree and finished third in the World Hurdle; he’s amazing, an absolute legend.”
All but two of Bobs Worth’s 11 wins came under Barry Geraghty, who bought the son of Bob Back as a yearling before selling him to Henderson for £20,000 at the Doncaster sales in 2009.
He had 22 outings and won £726,163 in prize-money.
Racegoers at Sandown on Saturday will get a chance to say goodbye to Bobs Worth, who will parade before racing with stablemate Altior, while he will spend his retirement at Hillwood Stud with Charlie and Tracy Vigors, whose six-year-old son Harry is the veteran’s “number one fan”.
Read more from Nicky Henderson on his retiring superstar in Friday’s Racing Post – available first on iPad from 8pm Thursday
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