This year, Nicky Henderson has a few new owners, including Carolyn Kendrick, who has high expectations for the renowned Bombay Sapphire.
Bombay Sapphire, by Shirocco, was noticed by former jockey Jerry McGrath, a crucial Henderson ally whose career was cut short by injury, and won a bumper at Gowran Park in February.
The five-year-old makes her racing debut on Sunday in the Aintree bumper for fresh connections (5.05).
Although Kendrick has owned horses for about 20 years and enjoyed a standout season in 2020–21 when she had 18 winners, this is the first time she is represented at Seven Barrows. Kendrick’s son Max is a jump jockey.
“It’s very exciting and Nicky is obviously fantastic at what he does, but they’ve got a great team there too,” she said. “They’ve got a sense of integrity about them and I like their approach, while I think Nicky’s wife Sophie does an awful lot for the riders and staff too. You can see how they’ve supported Jerry – they’re a phenomenal team.
“I’d been to the yard before and when I first started owning horses I had them with Charlie Morlock, who is a big part of the operation.”
Henderson also has the unraced Ted Da Titan with Kendrick, a reinsurance broker from Suffolk whose late husband Adam used to ride out at Morlock’s when he trained.
“Max is friendly with Jerry, who sourced Bombay Sapphire, who was a homebred,” she added. “The breeders asked where we’d send her and, because of Jerry’s connection with Seven Barrows, we thought we’d do it.
“Given how Max and Jerry get on, Charlie Morlock and Nicky being fantastic at what he does, it made sense and it’s a fantastically professional outfit, but – like I said – there’s more to it. Things have all slotted into place.
“You never know how she’ll do, but we’re dreaming and Nicky seems to like her. I was guided by Jerry and Max, who were keen on her, while we bought Ted Da Titan as a store horse. He had an injury, but is hopefully on an upward trajectory. He’s a very big horse, so it’s probably not a bad thing we’ve taken our time.”