Haydock next for Cloudy Dream

Cloudy Dream is likely to continue his education over fences at Haydock on Friday.

Malcolm Jefferson: Trains Cloudy Dream

The Scottish Champion Hurdle runner-up was flawless on his chasing debut at Carlisle and is entered in the Brown Shipley Graduation Chase, along with Vaniteux and The New One, although the latter appears set to run at Ascot.

Trainer Malcolm Jefferson had him entered in the Arkle Trial at Cheltenham at the weekend, pointing to the regard in which he holds Trevor Hemmings' six-year-old.

"It's more than likely he'll run as Trevor can be at Haydock on Friday while he couldn't make it to Cheltenham at the weekend," said in-form Jefferson.

"If he doesn't go there then there is a race at Carlisle a week on Sunday for him.

"He's in great order, it might be that he likes a bit of time between his races so he'll have had nearly a month.

"These graduation races really cut up, we've seen a few already with just two runners. This race last year just had three

"I think the novice handicaps work well, but they need to raise the ratings band on them, 0-150 or even higher.

"He hasn't got a mark yet, so I can't go for a handicap so the options are limited."

Another promising novice for the yard is Double W's, two out of two since switching to fences and heading for Newbury.

"There's a 0-140 limited handicap at Newbury next week," said Jefferson.

"He's grown up since going chasing. Over hurdles they never went fast enough for him. He'd usually be travelling well and then make a silly mistake when they quickened.

"He stays but a fast-run two miles is right up his street.

"The horses are going very well at present, but the only thing I know is we won't continue at a 50 per cent strike-rate all season."

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