The Nicky Henderson-trained We Have A Dream plundered Grade One honours in a cracking renewal of the Coral Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle.
The 8/11 favourite travelled sweetly throughout the two-mile contest under Daryl Jacob and engaged in a pulsating battle with the Gary Moore-trained Sussex Ranger in the home straight.
The pair jumped the final flight in unison but Henderson’s charge responded willingly to Jacob’s urgings in the closing stages to score by a length and a half to highlight his Triumph Hurdle credentials.
Henderson has spoken openly of how much he rates the four-year-old son of Martaline who is now unbeaten in three starts under rules in Britain.
The French import is owned by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, who have already tasted success in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival having landed the two-mile Grade One event with Peace And Co.
We Have A Dream looks an exciting prospect and winning rider Daryl Jacob was delighted, remarking:
The ground is hard work, it’s dead and we didn’t go quick. He likes a nice, even gallop, he jumps better when they go a stride quicker but we wanted to teach him something today, winning at the same time. He’s got to learn his trade and what happened today was perfect.
He’s won nicely enough in the end – we’re all very happy with that.