British champion National Hunt trainer Nicky Henderson has a wealth of talent at his Seven Barrows yard, with his team boasting superstars including Altior, Might Bite, Buveur D’Air and Terrefort.
Henderson has once again readied a powerful battalion of horses for the current season as he goes for a sixth champion jumps trainer’s title.
One of his rising stars is the classy four-year-old We Have A Dream, unbeaten in five starts in Britain since his arrival from France last year.
The son of Martaline’s won last season’s Grade 1 Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow in January and was an impressive winner of the Grade 1 Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree’s Randox Health Grand National Festival in April.
Henderson has confirmed that he is considering the £40,000 Masterson Holdings Hurdle (2.35pm), run over two miles on day two of The Showcase at Cheltenham on Saturday, October 27th, as a possible season opener for We Have A Dream, where he is likely to meet an old adversary in Philip Hobbs’ Gumball, whom he defeated by seven lengths at Aintree.
Henderson explained his plans for the horse:
“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 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 Grade 1s.
The Unibet International Hurdle (Grade 2 £130,000, run at The International at Cheltenham on December 15th is possibly a race to consider afterwards, Henderson added.