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With the National Hunt season now well underway, there have already been some fantastic stories and triumphs emerging.

One of Nicky Hendersdon’s stable stars, Sprinter Sacre, returned to his phenomenal best when winning under new jockey Nico de Boinville. They triumphed in the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham’s Paddy Power meeting in November. It was heart-wrenching stuff to see the gelding back on winning form following a heart problem in 2013. The 26-year-old jockey is making the most of every opportunity when Henderson’s first jockey, Barry Geraghty, is committed to owner JP McManus.

Last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup-winning horse, the Mark Bradstock-trained Coneygree, made a seasonal debut victory, also under De Boinville, at Sandown in November, claiming the Future Stars Chase. He beat Seventh Sky by a remarkable 25 lengths and looked in fine fettle, before picking up a minor foot injury — preventing him from running in the Hennessy Gold Cup this year.

This side of the new year, all eyes from the racing world will be on Newbury for the Hennessy Gold Cup (28 November), the Tingle Creek at Sandown (5 December) and the King George VI at Kempton (26 December). Also not forgetting the Welsh National at Chepstow (27 December).