Ascot: Brain powers to Wessex Youth Trust success

Brain powers to Wessex Youth Trust success By Tony McFadden 3:50PM 17 DEC 2016

Report: Ascot, Saturday

Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 1m7½f, 4yo+

BRAIN POWER ran out a convincing winner of this valuable handicap hurdle for jockey David Mullins and trainer Nicky Henderson.

The 12-1 chance led home stablemate Consul De Thaix by five lengths, confirming their Sandown form from last time.

Fergall made a bold bid for glory and ran a cracker to finish third at 25-1, while well-supported favourite Golden Spear stayed on well to finish fourth.

Rise through the ranks

Brain Power improved on the form he showed on his seasonal reappearance at Cheltenham when winning a competitive handicap hurdle at Sandown two weeks ago, and he took another big leap forwards here, putting in a clear career-best performance.

Always going well, Brain Power had leader Fergall in his sights on the turn for home and had matters firmly under control when the field reemerged from the fog after the final flight.

The improving five-year-old will surely have graded races on his agenda having won in such clear-cut fashion from a mark of 149.

Trainer Nicky Henderson, who won this race three times between 2002 and 2008 when it was run under the title of the Ladbroke Hurdle, said: "You need a progressive horse and that's what they both are [referring also to runner-up Consul De Thaix]."

Winning owner Michael Buckly added: "He did win very well and I think he's growing up."

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