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  • 14:25 Paddypower.com Handicap Chase2m

  • £40,000 added 4yo+ 11 ran
  • Winner £25,048 2nd £7,400 3rd £3,700 4th £1,852
  • Going: Good (G/Soft plcs)(Cross Country: G/Firm, Good plcs)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 4m 1.80s
  • Off time: 14:26:26

Dream return for Henderson star

Big gamble landed

Last Updated: 12/11/10 3:26pm

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Dave's Dream: Lands big Cheltenham gamble.

Dave's Dream: Lands big Cheltenham gamble.

Nicky Henderson's Dave's Dream landed a gamble when making a winning reappearance in the paddypower.com Handicap Chase at Cheltenham.

Backed from 13-2 to 10-3 favourite, he swept to the lead after the third last and pinged the two fences in the straight.

He only had to be kept up to his work on the flat to pass the post eight lengths ahead of Grand Lahou.

Geraghty said: "It was good. He jumped brilliantly, he didn't travel that well but he ground it out. He stays well and he winged the last two.

"He's had a few wind problems. He was good today, but he'll probably improve."

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Henderson added: "For a horse just coming out of his novice going into handicap company it was a good performance.

"He's had a wind operation. We were suspicious last season. We never heard anything but it was just a hunch and it's probably helped.

"He's never been a mug, we thought he might want a bit further than this. I just pray the handicapper doesn't murder him.

"He was impressive, but I don't know what he's beaten today. we'll just have to hope and see.

"I think two miles would be the bare minimum. Maybe we will look at the two-and-a-half-mile chase at the Boylesports meeting now."

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