Jefferson has an Aintree Dream
Cloudy Dream could make his seasonal reappearance in the 188Bet Monet's Garden Old Roan Chase at Aintree on Sunday.
Malcolm Jefferson's charge was runner-up in the Lightning Novices' Chase at Doncaster, the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham and the Manifesto Novices' Chase at Aintree last spring before rounding off his campaign with a deserved victory in the Future Champion Novices' Chase at Ayr.
Jefferson has also entered the exciting Waiting Patiently for this weekend's two-and-a-half-mile Grade Two, but he is unlikely to line up unless conditions deteriorate.
The trainer's daughter and assistant, Ruth Jefferson, said: "If the ground keeps drying out we'll probably run Cloudy Dream.
"Both horses are in good form and are ready to go, but Waiting Patiently does want softer ground."
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Waiting Patiently is unbeaten in three starts over fences since joining Jefferson from the now-retired Keith Reveley.
The six-year-old has not been seen in competitive action since beating the high-class Politologue at Haydock in January, but is closing in a comeback, potentially at Carlisle on November 5.
"We'll see how things go, but the Colin Parker at Carlisle might be a good race for Waiting Patiently if the ground came up soft," Jefferson added.
"It would tell us whether he really stays two and a half miles. I know he beat Politologue over two and a half, but he'd have won at two miles that day and he's not short of pace."
Cloudy Dream and Waiting Patiently feature on a quality list of 24 horses entered for the Old Roan.
Other contenders include Tom George's God's Own, the Nick Williams-trained Tea For Two and Smad Place from Alan King's stable.
Henry De Bromhead's Devils Bride is the sole Irish contender.
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