Brain Power Image reproduced with the kind permission of Sandown Park Racecourse

Brain Power
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Sandown Park Racecourse

Brain Power was hugely impressive as he dismantled a quality field of handicappers for an easy win in the valuable Grade 3 Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle at Ascot.

A field of 19 lined-up for this always competitive pre-Christmas prize.

At the off Sternrubin, Unison and Rayvin Black led from Jolly’s Cracked It and Wolf Of Windlesham.

Heading out into the country, in worsening visibility, Sternrubin’s yellow jacket was clear in front of Rayvin Black and Unison and the latter went on over the fourth from Sternrubin and Rayvin Black, with Wolf Of Windlesham, Fergall and Willow’s Saviour.

Racing to the fourth last, Sternrubin and Fergall went into the lead and headed back into the worst of the fog.

Kevin Jones made a bold move on Fergall, who stormed clear on the home turn from Brain Power, with a gap back to the rest.

Fergall took two from home still three lengths clear of Brain Power, but his earlier dash for home took its toll as Brain Power closed still full of running and went on under David Mullins.

Brain Power went well clear after the last for a decisive victory, with stable mate Consul De Thaix finishing like a rocket from miles back, to take second, ahead of Fergall in third, with the Tony Martin pair Golden Spear and Quick Jack next.

This was a real triumph for Nicky Henderson, who earlier in the day had seen his exciting novice chasers Buveur D’Air and Top Notch both win.

The first two horses here had filled these same positions in a Listed handicap hurdle at Sandown Park a fortnight ago.

Mullins said: ” Two miles really suits. He goes flat to the boards and really stays.

“His form was good and Nicky had him spot-on.”

Henderson said: “It’s been a great race and is one of those big pre-Christmas handicaps that are very tough to win.

“You need a progressive horse, I think, and that is exactly what they (Brain Power and Consul De Thaix) both are.

“Brain Power was very good at Sandown and has won two good prizes. They were first and second there and they’ve been first and second again.

“You’d be worried they didn’t have the experience for a race like this, running against seasoned handicappers, but both of them were very good.”

Winning owner Michael Buckley added: “He did win very well.

“He’s had his little moments of being a schoolboy about life and he’s obviously growing up.”