Racing: Henderson’s new recruit ready to produce an electrifying hurdles debut

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Electrolyser makes his debut for the all-conquering Nicky Henderson stable in his new discipline in the Bet toteplacepot At Novices’ Hurdle at Taunton (12.40).

Now a seven-year-old, it appears the right time to go hurdling but he was by no means a back number on the level this summer. His latest outing at Ascot on Champions Day was probably his best run of the season as he was just over two lengths behind Ascot Gold Cup winner Rite Of Passage in third.

His ability to handle soft ground will be crucial in this sphere as there appears to be no sign of the rain disappearing any time soon.

Donald McCain knows how to handle a smart mare and may have a good prospect in Doyly Carte who steps up in grade for the Listed Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (2.20). Wins at Musselburgh and Catterick so far this season have been expected but she has barely come out of second gear.

She faces a much tougher assignment here against Alan King’s Call Me A Star but Doyly Carte has shown a decent turn of foot and is a smart prospect.

At Haydock, the Oliver Sherwood-trained Many Clouds may be up to defying a penalty in the British Stallion Studs Northern Racing Club “Trainer Traits” EBF “National Hunt” Novices’ Hurdle (Q) (1.25).

A narrow defeat by the smart Gevrey Chambertin was followed by an easy success at Ascot and he looks a nice recruit.