Dream may start at Cheltenham

    Nicky Henderson’s four-year-old currently 20-1 for Champion Hurdle
  • Monday 22 October 2018
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We Have A Dream is the potential star attraction at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The Martaline gelding won each of his five starts after joining Nicky Henderson last season.

He missed an intended appearance in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, following a setback, before rounding off his campaign with a dominant Grade One victory at Aintree.

The four-year-old is a general 20-1 shot for this season’s Champion Hurdle and will face a maximum of 11 rivals if he does make his reappearance in this weekend’s Masterson Holdings Hurdle.

His possible opponents include Alan King’s Redicean and the Philip Hobbs-trained Gumball.

Minella Rocco could have his sights lowered in the opening “Matchbook Betting Exchange” Handicap Chase.

Runner-up to Sizing John in the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup, Jonjo O’Neill’s charge did not rediscover his best form last season.

However, the eight-year-old has had a wind operation since his last run when falling in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February.

Singlefarmpayment and Shantou Village also feature among 26 entries.

Harry Whittington’s Bigmartre could make his first competitive appearance since winning a Grade Two at Ayr in April in the two-mile Randox Health Handicap Chase, with Vosne Romanee, Modus and Duke Of Navan also in the mix.

There is plenty of Irish interest across the seven-race card.

In the Move Over To Matchbook Novices’ Chase, Abbey Magic could bid to complete a hat-trick for Henry de Bromhead following recent wins at Kilbeggan and Navan.

In the same race Gordon Elliott could saddle Cubomania, who was a creditable third in last week’s Buck House Novice Chase at Punchestown.

Having racked up a four-timer with triumphs at Roscommon, Killarney, Sedgefield and Perth, Elliott’s Dinons could bid for a fifth win on the bounce in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle.

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