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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Henderson mob-handed on Scotland's big trials day

We Have A Dream (Daryl Jacob,left) jumps the final flight and beats Sussex Ranger (Jamie Moore) at Chepstow Pic: Edward Whitaker
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We Have A Dream is out to extend his unbeaten record in Britain for Nicky Henderson in the Listed bet365 Scottish Triumph Hurdle Trial (1.25), the most valuable contest on a classy seven-race card.

No winner of the Triumph trial has followed up in the Cheltenham juvenile highlight itself in March, with the former Henderson-trained Hargam coming closest when finishing third to Peace And Co in 2015.

We Have A Dream, who is generally 7-1 second favourite for the JCB-backed Triumph, completed a hat-trick in determined fashion at Chepstow last time, where he outgunned market rival Sussex Ranger in the Grade 1 Finale Juvenile Hurdle.

He faces five rivals in the £25,000 contest on Sunday, the most interesting of which is ex-French British debutant The King Of May.

Henderson said: "We Have A Dream has had been running on some messy ground at Chepstow and also at Doncaster before that so the idea is to find some nice ground for him this time.

"We wouldn't have run if it was anything else, but the plan is to take him straight to Cheltenham after this. It's not a big field for the race but it looks competitive enough, which you'd expect for the prize-money they put on every year, which is why we like to go back."

Brian Ellison, trainer of The King Of May, said: "I'm looking forward to seeing him run. We bought him last year and have taken our time with him.

"He's a lovely chasing type for the future, he's doing everything right at home and is an exciting type."

Seven Barrows again to the fore

Henderson also fields the likely favourites for the two main supporting races, kicking off with the following Sky Bet Supreme Scottish Trial Novices' Hurdle (2.00) in which Claimantakinforgan puts his unbeaten record over hurdles on the line.

The six-year-old, who takes on four rivals, is on a hat-trick after his demolition of Dr Des in the Grade 2 Kennel Gate Hurdle at Ascot in December, form that received a timely boost when the runner-up scored at Towcester on Thursday.

Claimantakinforgan is generally 7-1 third favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham next month, a race in which Charbel, winner of this in 2016, went on to finish fifth to Henderson's Altior.

Henderson said: "Claimantakinforgan is in very good form at home and should be suited by running on the good to soft ground they have up there, and after this we'll think about the Supreme if all goes to plan.

"He should like the track, although it looks competitive enough."

Whipped cream

Also setting out from Seven Barrows on Saturday morning was Mr Whipped, who is also on a roll in the Albert Bartlett Scottish Trial Novices' Hurdle (2.35).

The five-year-old has a 3lb penalty in the six-runner line-up on account of his success in the Grade 2 Leamington Novices' Hurdle at Warwick last time.

Henderson, who won the 3m contest with OO Seven in 2016, added: "Mr Whipped won a point over three miles so should have no problems with the step up in trip.

"He's going the right way and will enjoy this better ground."

Handicap puzzle

The Pertemps qualifier (3.10) has drawn a competitive field, with the Kim Bailey-trained Cresswell Legend, who has won his last three, looking the one to beat.

Jump For Dough is on a course hat-trick and, on bottom weight of 10st 1lb, and with rider Thomas Willmott taking off 10lb, will also have plenty of supporters.


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We Have A Dream has had been running on some messy ground at Chepstow and also at Doncaster before that so the idea is to find some nice ground
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