Hen­der­son dreams of more suc­cess to start an­other cam­paign

Gloucestershire Echo - - RACING -

CHAM­PION jump trainer Nicky Hen­der­son is tar­get­ing the Show­case at Chel­tenham this week­end for his classy four-year-old We Have A Dream, who is un­beaten in five starts in the UK since com­ing from France last year.

The son of Mar­taline’s high­lights last sea­son in­cluded suc­cess in the Fu­ture Cham­pi­ons Fi­nale Ju­ve­nile Hur­dle at Chep­stow in Jan­uary and an im­pres­sive vic­tory in the Doom Bar An­niver­sary 4-Y-O Ju­ve­nile Hur­dle at Ain­tree’s Ran­dox Health Grand Na­tional Fes­ti­val in April.

We Have A Dream, owned by Si­mon Mu­nir and Isaac Souede, could make his sea­sonal de­but at The Show­case as Hen­der­son is con­sid­er­ing the £40,000 Master­son Hold­ings Hur­dle, run over two miles on Satur­day and the horse would prob­a­bly have to take on old ad­ver­sary Gum­ball (Philip Hobbs), whom he de­feated by seven lengths at Ain­tree in April. The horse was set to run in the G1 JCB Tri­umph Hur­dle at The Fes­ti­val in March but had to miss the race be­cause of a tem­per­a­ture.

Hen­der­son said: “We Have A Dream sum­mered well and is in good form at home. He is un­beaten and, whilst he has not grown a lot, I am happy with him.

“I like him and he en­joyed a good sea­son last term. The only is­sue we had with him last year was when he got a tem­per­a­ture on the Mon­day be­fore Chel­tenham, so we couldn’t run him in the Tri­umph which was a shame.

“He won very well at Ain­tree af­ter that and the man­ner in which he scored there, you would have to think he could have gone very close in the Tri­umph.

“I would say that the Master­son Hold­ings Hur­dle at Chel­tenham for four-year-olds is a pos­si­bil­ity. He would have to carry an 8lb penalty, but he has won two Group Ones.

“The Uni­bet In­ter­na­tional Hur­dle (run at The In­ter­na­tional at Chel­tenham on De­cem­ber 15) is pos­si­bly a race to con­sider af­ter­wards.”

The Master­son Hold­ings Hur­dle has es­tab­lished it­self as an at­trac­tive earl­y­sea­son tar­get for four-year-old hur­dlers and the roll of hon­our in­cludes Tiger Roll, who took the spoils for owner Gig­gin­stown House Stud and trainer Gor­don El­liott in 2014.

Tiger Roll had landed the G1 JCB Tri­umph Hur­dle ear­lier in 2014 and has since won an­other two races at The Fes­ti­val - the 2017 Na­tional Hunt Chase and the 2018 Glen­far­clas Cross Coun­try Chase and went on to gain the biggest prize in Jump rac­ing, the £1-mil­lion Ran­dox Health Grand Na­tional at Ain­tree in April.

Other high-class win­ners in­clude Dodg­ing Bul­lets (2012), sub­se­quently suc­cess­ful in the 2015 G1 Bet­way Queen Mother Cham­pion Chase at The Fes­ti­val and Sceau Royal (2016).

The biggest prize money boosts at The Show­case ap­ply to the two Ran­dox Health-spon­sored hand­i­cap chases.

The two con­tests both have a to­tal prize fund of £60,000 (up from £50,000).

Nicky Hen­der­son

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