Dream day at Carlisle for Hughes
News of the action from Carlisle where Cloudy Dream was the highlight a four-timer for rider Brian Hughes.
Brian Hughes rode a four-timer at Carlisle
Cloudy Dream, second in the Scottish Champion Hurdle last season, made a faultless start to his new career in the Watch Racing UK On 3 Devices Beginners' Chase at Carlisle to highlight a four-timer for rider Brian Hughes.
Deemed unlucky by some not to claim the big prize at Ayr in the spring, connections wasted no time in sending him over the bigger obstacles.
His presence scared off most of the opposition and only two took him on, but one of those, Nicky Richards' Chidswell, was most certainly not without ability over hurdles.
However, Cloudy Dream looked in a completely different league to Chidswell and scooted clear after the last to win with any amount in hand.
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Jumping safely without being exuberant, he joined Chidswell at the second-last and while getting in a little tight to the final fence, he quickened away from it impressively to reward odds-on backers at 8/15.
Trainer Malcolm Jefferson – who enjoyed a treble – and owner Trevor Hemmings will now think carefully about their next move given how hard it is to place novice chasers who win their first start.
Jefferson has started the season in great form and was also on the mark with Ballyben (9/2), who was delivered late by Hughes in the Racing UK Handicap Chase, and Dubai Angel (6/4 favourite) in the closing bumper.
Dan Skelton notched his first winner at Carlisle when former point-to-pointer Aintree My Dream justified cramped odds in the Racing To School Novices' Hurdle.
Sent off the 1/3 favourite, the long journey was worthwhile for the trainer's brother, Harry, who never had a moment's worry.
It is likely the six-year-old will not be seen at his best until he goes chasing.
Tikkandemickey's seven previous visits to Carlsile had not yielded any joy for connections but the 10-year-old ran out a game winner of the Racing UK Available In HD Handicap Chase for Daragh Bourke and Raymond Shiels.
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