It was a rather successful day for the Seven Barrows handler Nicky Henderson, as he notched up an impressive hat-trick on Day 1 of the Aintree Festival.
We Have A Dream kicked things off in sublime style after he demolished his rivals in the Juvenile Hurdle, making it an impressive five wins on the bounce in the process.
The four-year-old missed the Cheltenham Festival last month after being struck with a late set-back, however, Henderson’s charge resumed his fantastic winning streak and made a mockery of a good field, which also included stable-mate and hot favourite Apple’s Shakira, who finished back in third.
On regards to We Have A Dream, Henderson, talking to the Racing Post said:
You could make anything of the race, but he won it well. He’s got his life in front of him, he’s not stopped improving all season. He loves tearing along and his jumping was very slick.
Might Bite, most certainly put things right on the opening day after losing out to Native River in the Gold Cup, with a superb round of slick jumping which saw the nine-year-old run out a seven-length winner.
Many suggested Cheltenham took it out him, but they were proven wrong when he took them to sword and notched up yet another Group 1 success.
It was quite brave coming here, of course you have your doubts but they’re here to race. You’d have thought he had a gruelling race at last months festival, and he did. To come back from that battle he had and do that today was a fair credit to everybody. That jumping out there was an exhibition round, you won’t see better.
The hat-trick was completed by L’Ami Serge, who came in like a train in the final two furlongs to beat the well backed favourite Supasundae. It came as quite a surprise to many as the eight-year-old’s form figures were hardly encouraging, only winning two races in his last 16 runs.
He’s been called a few names and threatened to win a race of this calibre. You could never be too confident when he got there like that at the last, but im delighted that’s he finally won a big one here.
Henderson is on the verge of retaining the trainers championship yet again and with two more days of the Aintree Festival to go, he has a great chance of doing just that.