Nicky Henderson living the Dream at Warwick

    We Have A Dream appears to be another exciting juvenile hurdler for Nicky Henderson judged by his impressive British debut success at Warwick.
  • Friday 10 November 2017
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We Have A Dream appears to be another exciting juvenile hurdler for Nicky Henderson judged by his impressive British debut success at Warwick.

The Seven Barrows handler has saddled a record six previous winners of the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and this French import is a 33-1 shot at this very early stage of the season following a dominant front-running display in the Racing UK-sponsored juvenile hurdle.

Daryl Jacob kept things simple aboard the 4-5 favourite and send him straight to the front from flag-fall.

He showed the benefit of having had three runs over obstacles in France and jumped well before readily pulling 10 lengths clear of the runner-up Etamine Du Cochet.

Henderson told Press Association Sport: "That was great. You never really know what to expect when you've got 15 juvenile hurdlers with not much experience lining up.

"This horse has had a couple of runs over hurdles in France, which is why when I spoke to Daryl I suggested he keep out of trouble.

"He probably lacks a gear anyway, so it suited making the running on him and it was a nice introduction.

"I don't know where we'll go with him, but he won't be turning out next weekend (at Cheltenham), I wouldn't have thought."

Ozzie The Oscar (7-2) upset the odds in the Integral Novices' Chase.

Despite having only been beaten two necks into third place in last season's County Hurdle, the Philip Hobbs inmate looked to have his work cut out on his first start over fences, with Shantou Rock the 8-15 favourite to follow up an impressive all-the-way victory at Newton Abbot last month.

However, Ozzie The Oscar showed heart and talent to keep himself in contention and benefited from a typically power-packed drive from champion jockey Richard Johnson in the straight to get up and beat Dan Skelton's hot favourite by two lengths.

Skelton did not leave empty-handed, though, as One For Billy (12-1) knuckled down to land the two-mile handicap hurdle by half a length in the hands of the trainer's brother, Harry.

Kim Bailey was in high spirits as he left Warwick with a double.

The Gloucestershire handler struck with Station Master (9-2) in the three-and-a-quarter-mile novice hurdle and Diamond Gait (14-1) in the mares' bumper.

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