Hemmings’ Cloudy Dream in Cheltenham doubt

Malcolm Jefferson with Cloudy Dreams
Malcolm Jefferson with Cloudy Dreams

Trevor Hemmings-owned steeplechaser Cloudy Dream is far from a certain runner in the £160,000 BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday week.

The six-year-old, who carries the colours of the Preston North End owner and is trained by Maclolm Jefferson, has been allotted top-weight.

That, and the prospect of soft ground at Prestbury Park, make him a doubtful starter for one of the big handicaps of the jumps season.

“Cloudy will be confirmed but we won’t decide until nearer the time whether he’ll run,” Jefferson’s daughter and assistant, Ruth said.

“You don’t know what the ground will be like and he’s got top weight. Top weight and heavy ground wouldn’t suit him.”