Cole Harden victory opens new horizons for Warren Greatrex

Last Updated: 15/01/14 5:35pm

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Cole Harden powers away for an impressive victory

Cole Harden powers away for an impressive victory

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Warren Greatrex is starting to get the feeling Cole Harden could be the horse to take him into uncharted waters after a highly impressive success in a competitive event at Newbury.

Although in charge of some useful youngsters when training for Malcolm Denmark, Greatrex's stock has soared since deciding to go it alone in Lambourn last season and he has already surpassed his best-ever total in his five years with a licence.

Cole Harden (4/1), who boasted another easy victory at Fontwell in mid-November, demolished recent winners Full Shift and Brother Brian by eight lengths in the Betfred "Double Delight" Novices' Hurdle as he poured on the pressure from the front.

Jason Maguire was deputising for Greatrex's injured conditional Gavin Sheehan.

"He's Gavin's ride, but he tore a pectoral when he was schooling this horse at the weekend," said Greatrex.

"I don't know what we'll do with the horse now. It's a bit of a surprise. I knew he would be competitive, but I didn't think he'd win like that.

"I don't think I've probably had a horse this good, we're not used to going anywhere big.

"He's four from five now and he'll have to have an entry at Cheltenham. But the ground would be an issue, so we'll see. He'll have to go somewhere else first."

Talking of stable stars, Restless Harry (5/1) holds a similar place in Robin Dickin's heart but it had felt like decades since he turned in a performance like he managed in the Betfred "Hat Trick Heaven" Handicap Chase.

"The handicapper didn't ask him to win, he begged him to win," said Dickin.

"He's had such a difficult run. He is by far the best horse I've trained and he was down to 122.

"I'm not sure what he'll do now but he's good round Haydock and there's a valuable three-mile race there next month. He loves Cheltenham, too."

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