Brain Power puts Champion hopes to Haydock test

International runner-up Silver Streak set to reoppose

  • Monday 14 January
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Brain Power will put his Champion Hurdle credentials on the line in Saturday’s The New One Unibet Hurdle at Haydock.

After a relatively luckless spell over fences, Nicky Henderson’s talented eight-year-old returned to the smaller obstacles last time out and was an impressive winner of the International Hurdle at Cheltenham.

Second that day was Silver Streak, who has also been entered and will be meeting Brain Power on better terms.

County Hurdle winner Mohaayed, Ben Pauling’s Global Citizen and Colin Tizzard’s Pingshou are also among the 10.

In the Peter Marsh Chase, 2017 Grand National winner One For Arthur appears among 22 entries.

He unseated Tom Scudamore on his comeback at Aintree, and Lucinda Russell will be hoping the ground does not get too quick.

Henderson may again run Valtor, who would carry top weight off 160 after he turned an Ascot handicap into a procession on his British debut – for which he has been put up from 148.

David Pipe has three in the mix. Daklondike won Haydock’s Tommy Whittle last time out; Vieux Lion Rouge was successful in the Grand National Trial at this track in 2017, and Ramses De Teillee was runner-up in the Welsh National.

The Sky Bet Supreme Trial has attracted 14 entries, including current Supreme Novices’ Hurdle favourite Angels Breath.

He could be joined by stablemate Mister Fisher and Pauling’s Bright Forecast in the Aldaniti colours.

Also in the mix is Olly Murphy’s Thomas Darby, who has other options this week.

“He’s in at Market Rasen, Ludlow and the Haydock race – and at the moment I don’t know where he’ll go,” said Murphy.

“I want to get him out again before the rain, snow or frost or whatever we are going to get comes. He doesn’t want soft, so he’ll definitely run somewhere this week.”

He went on: “He’s in good form, and I’m keen to get more experience into him, but I’ve always said he wants nice ground.

“It’s due to get very cold next week, so whether we’ll get much racing after that I’m not sure.”

In the Patrick Coyne Memorial Altcar Novices’ Chase, Pauling has entered Kildisart, a winner at Ascot last time, and Le Breuil.

Dan Skelton’s Crucial Role and Philip Hobbs’ Jerrysback, second to Vinndication at this Grade Two level last time out, are also among the 12 possibles.

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