Dream team mulling options

09 January 2018 07:17:38 EST

Connections of Triumph Hurdle-bound We Have A Dream are considering a number of options for a pre-Cheltenham run, with trainer Nicky Henderson to have the casting vote.

We Have A Dream has created a strong impression in winning all three starts since arriving at Seven Barrows from France.

If Nicky Henderson thinks he doesn't need to run again before Cheltenham then he won't have another run, as the main aim is the Triumph Hurdle.

Anthony Bromley

He made all the running to win his first two British starts at Warwick and Doncaster in fairly effortless fashion, though he was forced to show another string to his bow at Chepstow on Saturday last.

He was held up this time in the Grade One Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle and travelled smoothly to take up issue running down to the final flight. Once cleared, We Have A Dream comfortably saw off the challenge of his main market rival Sussex Ranger for a one-and-a-half-length success.

For many observers it was all the more impressive as the four-year-old never quite appeared to be relishing the very testing ground, something jockey Daryl Jacob highlighted post-race.

We Have A Dream is now 222/1 for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, and he could have one more run before that.

Owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede are considering Haydock or Musselburgh, though any decision will ultimately be left to the champion trainer, and he could go straight to the Cotswolds.

"We are certainly going to consider another run before Cheltenham, but he doesn't have to have one. He seems to have taken his last race nicely," said the owners' racing manager Anthony Bromley.

"There is the Victor Ludorum (at Haydock) or the Scottish Triumph Hurdle as I would say the Adonis at Kempton is getting too close to Cheltenham.

"If Nicky Henderson thinks he doesn't need to run again before Cheltenham then he won't have another run, as the main aim is the Triumph Hurdle.

"He has got experience and he is a good jump and we know that he is not ground dependant. It was nice for him to have to have done it differently on Saturday.

"The second horse (Sussex Ranger) looked really nice and they were positive going into it. I would think they are probably two above-average horses."

Sussex Ranger meanwhile is 14/1 for the Triumph Hurdle in March while another Henderson trained contender, the unbeaten mare Apple's Shakira, trades at 2/1.

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