From the horses mouth

By Andrew Atkinson

NEWBURY Saturday – Cloth Cap and Kitty’s Light Newbury G3 Ladbrokes Trophy Chase tilt

Newbury showcases the Grade 3 Ladbrokes Trophy Chase over 3 miles 1 furlong on Saturday with Cloth Cap (3.00) tipped each-way by

Cloth Cap (12-1) is bidding to become the first back-to-back winner of the race since Arkle in 1965, the Jonjo O’Neill trained ace ridden by Tom Scudamore.

Christian Williams saddles Kitty’s Light priced at 10-1 also worthy of each-way support.

Lucinda Russell saddles Ahoy Senor (12.40) Newbury.
Lucinda Russell saddles Ahoy Senor (12.40) Newbury.

Ahoy Senor (12.40) trained by Lucinda Russell is tipped to land the G2 Ladbrokes Nursery Chase over 2m 7f, out to make amends when unsettling at Carlisle in October.

Philip Hobbs saddles Kalooki (1.15) tipped each-way in the Sir Peter O’Sullivan Memorial Handicap Chase over 2m 6f.

Soaring Glory (2.25) trained by Jonjo O’Neill snr and ridden by Jonjo O’Neill Jr is tipped to win the Ladbrokes Listed handicap hurdle, tipped when winning at Ascot in October.


Brahma Bull Brian Hayes, Eklat de Rire Rachael Blackmore, Cloth Cap Tom Scudamore, Annamix Jack Foley (5), Ontheropes Sean O’Keeffe (3), Fiddlerontheroof Brendan Powell, Kitty’s Light Jack Tudor (3), Brave Eagle James Bowen, Mister Malarky Harry Kimber (7), Copperhead Jonjo O’Neill Jr, Potterman Tom Cannon, Enrilo Harry Cobden, Remastered Fergus Gillard (3), Canelo Tom Bellamy, The Hollow Ginge Sam Twiston-Davies, Demachine Richard Patrick, Cloudy Glen Charlie Deutsch, Fortescue Hugh Nugent (5), Full Back Jamie Moore, One More Fleurie Charlie Todd (3), Danny Whizzbang Mitchell Bastyan (3)

*Ladbrokes Trophy Chase betting: 9-2 Eklat De Rire, Ontheropes, 5-1 Fiddlerontheroof, Enrilo, 12-1 Cloth Cap, 12-1 Kitty’s Light, Potterman, Remastered, 14-1 Copperhead, Demachine, 16-1 Canelo, 20-1 bar.

NEWBURY selections: 12.10 Theatre Glory (ew). 12.40 Ahoy Senor. 1.15 Kalooki (ew). 1.50 Glory And Fortune (ew). 2.25 Soaring Glory. 3.00 Cloth Cap (ew); Kitty’s Light (ew). 3.35 Edair D’Ainay (ew).

NEWCASTLE Saturday – Epatante to land Grade 1 Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle

Nicky Henderson saddles Epatante (3.15) Newcastle.
Nicky Henderson saddles Epatante (3.15) Newcastle.

Nicky Henderson trained Epatante is tipped to land the Grade 1 Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle over 2m at Newcastle on Saturday, with Aidan Coleman up.

Epatante is out to win The Fighting Fifth back to back, having returned to the winner’s enclosure in 2020, prior to undergoing back surgery in the summer.

Epatante finished third at Punchestown in April in the Grade 1 Paddy Power Champion Hurdle won by Honeysuckle.


Monmiral Sean Bowen, Not So Sleepy Jonathan Burke, Sceau Royal Daryl Jacob, Silver Streak Adam Wedge, Voix du Reve Conor O’Farrell, Epatante Aidan Coleman

Fighting Fifth Hurdle betting: 5-6 Epatante, 100-30 Monmiral, 4-1 Sceau Royal, 8-1 Silver Streak, 16-1 Not So Sleepy, 100-1 Voix Du Reve.

NEWCASTLE selections: 11.45 Too Friendly. 12.20 Scene Not Heard. 12.55 Mr Glass. 1.30 Valleres. 2.05 Dingo Dollar (ew). 2.40 Donna’s Double. 3.15 Epatante.

DONCASTER Saturday – Bryony Frost bids for Donny success

Bryony Frost: Will Sting (1.43), Ecco (2.18), Flic Ou Voyou (3.28) Doncaster.
Bryony Frost: Will Sting (1.43), Ecco (2.18), Flic Ou Voyou (3.28) Doncaster.

Bryony Frost takes the ride up on Will Sting (1.43) tipped to land the Class 3 Virgin Bet Handicap over 3 miles at Doncaster on Saturday, noted when finishing second at Sandown this month.

Frost is also fancied on Paul Nicholls trained duo Ecco (2.18) tipped to win the C3 Handicap Hurdle over 2m 3f, and Flic Ou Voyou (3.28).

DONCASTER selections: 12.05 Bob Mahley (ew). 12.35 Bob’s Bar. 1.08 Karlie. 1.43 Will Sting. 2.18 Ecco. 2.53 King Of Quinta. 3.28 Flic Ou Voyou.

BANGOR selections: 12.15 Fern Hill. 12.47 Jack Valentine (ew). 1.22 Aaron Lad. 1.57 Lupus Regem. 2.32 Guardino (ew). 3.07 Miss Bamby. 3.42 Clifton Bridge (ew).

FAIRYHOUSE selections: 11.30 Max Flamingo (ew). 12.00 Kavanaghs Corner (ew). 12.30 Epson De Houx (ew). 1.01 Gringo D’Aubrelle. 1.36 Watch House Cross (ew). 2.11 Enjoy D’Allen (ew). 2.46 Rodaniche. 3.21 Steel Cable (ew).

WOLVERHAMPTON selections: 4.00 Show Me A Sunset (ew). 4.30 Papa Don’t Preach. 5.00 Park Street. 5.30 Misscall. 6.00 Peace Offering. 6.30 Street Kid. 7.00 Bobby On The Beat (ew). 7.30 Love Destiny (ew).

FAIRYHOUSE Sunday – Honeysuckle eyes Fairyhouse G1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle win

Henry De Bromhead trained unbeaten ace seven-year-old Honeysuckle (2.40) heads to Fairyhouse on Sunday in the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse, over 2m 4f, ridden by Rachael Blackmore.

“She seems in great form after schooling and jumping well. Rachael was happy with her,” said De Bromhead.

Honeysuckle, looking for back to back wins in the Grade 1, last won at Punchestown in April, when landing the Grade 1 Paddy Power Champion Hurdle over 2 miles.

Bromhead trained duo A Plus Tard and Bob Olinger, both winners on November 20, with the former winning the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, are eyeing Grade 1 races during the Christmas period.

Seven-year-old A Plus Tard is eyeing the Savills Chase at Leopardstown, with Bob Olinger possibly heading to run in the Faugheen Novice Chase at Limerick.

“A Plus Tard is great after coming home. We’re very happy with him and he’s certainly going to the Savills Chase,” said De Bromhead.

De Bromhead is to finalise plans for Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Minella Indo, with entries at Leopardstown and the King George.