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BROUGHTON win at Musselburgh 2/2/14

Broughton: showed a decent level of form on the Flat

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Ferguson bullish about Broughton in Triumph

TRAINER John Ferguson thinks Broughton has an outstanding chance of providing him with a first Cheltenham Festival winner in the JCB Triumph Hurdle next week.

Like most of Ferguson's string, Broughton was recruited off the Flat where he showed a decent level of form for Mark Johnston.

He joined Ferguson in the autumn and was just beaten on his hurdling debut in a Grade 2 at Doncaster.

The son of Teofilo put that right with a classy five-length success at Listed level at Musselburgh last month.

Bookmakers rate him a general 12-1 chance for the Triumph, although William Hill and Ladbrokes are 14-1.

Ferguson is no stranger to big-race glory on the Flat through his role as Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock adviser and has already tasted Grade 1 success in the Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle with Ruacana, but he has yet to get off the mark during jump racing's biggest week.

"Broughton's in extremely good form and I've been delighted with the way he's trained since his win at Musselburgh," said Ferguson, who revealed his other Triumph entry Commissioned would head to Aintree.

"The form looks reasonably solid and he's definitely got an outstanding chance. He's streetwise, jumps well and stays well."

Calipto and Le Rocher head the betting for the Triumph, which was won in brilliant style last year by Our Conor, who is a leading contender for next week's Stan James Champion Hurdle.

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