Lyvius Triumph Hurdle entry depends on Newbury performance

Nicky Henderson treads a familiar path with Lyvius in the Floor V Davis Hl1979 Juvenile Hurdle at Newbury on Friday.

Lyvius has won his only start to date, at Kelso, and would need to score again to book his Triumph Hurdle ticket – a situation similar to Henderson’s first winner of the four-year-old championship, First Bout.

Henderson said: “When First Bout won the Triumph Hurdle in 1985 he went to Plumpton on the Monday as favourite for the Triumph and won by 20 lengths.

“But the handicapper said he would not be high enough rated to get in so I had to run him at Newbury on the Saturday before to get him high enough and he won by 20 lengths again.

“I then said to the handicapper, is that enough and he replied I think he will get in now. I said thank you very much and First Bout duly won the Triumph Hurdle.

“Lyvius went to Kelso and now he is going to Newbury – I don’t say he’s good enough (for the Triumph) but we’ll find out more on Friday.

“We’re a bit short on juveniles, Mr (Alan) King seems to have all of them, and we’ll learn a bit more here. I like him.”

The Trevor Hemmings-owned Lyvius faces 11 rivals, including previous winners Brilliant Barca and School For Scandal.