Cheltenham Triumph is aim for Glorious winner

Broughton's trainer John Ferguson
Broughton's trainer John Ferguson
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Minellatillmorning won the Happy Birthday Sarah Cotty Handicap Hurdle. Picture: Fontwell Park

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John Ferguson reckons Broughton can add Cheltenham Festival glory to his Glorious Goodwood success.

The four-year-old cruised to victory in the Gordon’s Stakes at the famous flat meeting in August.

And after sealing his maiden hurdle win at Musselburgh yesterday, the son of Teofilo was cut to 12/1 to cap his debut campaign in the National Hunt arena with victory in the Triumph Hurdle next month.

His progress has impressed trainer Ferguson, who took over the reins from flat handler Mark Johnston earlier this winter.

And after a narrow second place to Fox Norton on his debut in a Grade 2 clash at Doncaster last month, he was relieved to see his charge get off the mark in Scotland yesterday.

The Suffolk trainer said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted.

‘I expected him to improve from Doncaster and we have seen that.

‘He was much slicker over his hurdles and he settled well and travelled well.

‘I’m thrilled that the promise he’s shown at home has been transferred to the racecourse.

‘And I think we’ll go straight to the Triumph now.

‘I expect there is more improvement to come and I am looking forward to the Friday of Cheltenham week.’

Nick Williams’ Le Rocher and the Willie Mullins-trained Ivan Grozny currently head the ante-post market for the Triumph Hurdle on March 14 – the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Broughton ran on the flat for Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum after he was bought from Germany by Ferguson for 220,000 euros.