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Henry Brooke: White Rhino has a massive chance in the Pertemps

It’s been a good couple of weeks after riding some nice winners, which included winning on Homme Public at Doncaster. I was really delighted with him, as he showed a great battling attitude to get up on the line as well as beating some nice horses in the process.

He is now set for Aintree next month, where the plan is to run him in the Red Rum Handicap Chase. It’s a race I’ve said all season that I could see him running really well in, and I can’t wait to ride him in that.

At the weekend, I rode Making Headway in the Imperial Cup at Sandown, where he ran a good race to finish fourth. The team was very happy with that run, as he had no right to do that over two miles, as he’s a point-to-point winner and bred to stay well.

He’ll definitely improve next season when we step him up in trip. I would also say he prefers a bit of better ground, so he did well to cope with the testing conditions on Saturday.

Moving on to this week, I’ve got a few rides at Sedgefield on Tuesday and one at Huntingdon on Wednesday. However, this big one for me will be at Cheltenham on Thursday, where I am due to ride White Rhino in the Pertemps Final.

I’m hoping he’ll get in, as he needs two horses to come out to make the final field, so it could be a bit touch-and-go. If he does get in, I think he’ll have a massive chance, as he’s got the course form and he’ll handle any ease in the ground.

I hope you all enjoy the Cheltenham Festival this week and hopefully we’ll see you there on Thursday!

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