The Nicky Henderson-trained Oscara Dara (8g Oscar-Lisa’s Storm, by Glacial Storm) made light work of his opposition at Kempton on Saturday to land what is always one of the season’s most-competitive handicap hurdles.
The son of Oscar saw off his 17 rivals with ease to win the Listed Lanzarote Hurdle under Barry Geraghty. Having finished fourth in the G2 Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree in April, he came second on his novice chasing debut at Plumpton on his run before Kempton and Henderson now plans to stick to the smaller obstacles.
“We had it in our minds all year that he would go chasing – he had missed a season with a leg problem – and he was in everywhere this week but I schooled him and I wasn’t confident enough to run him over fences again,” Henderson told PA Sport. “We put him over hurdles, which was plan B, but I think we’ll have to stick with plan B at least for the time being, and have some fun over hurdles until the end of the season.”
Oscara Dara, a half-brother to the high-class chaser Saddlers Storm, was bred in Ireland by Tom and P Phelan and has now won four of his seven starts.