Lightentertainment: bottom weight is a 20-1 shot for the Betfair HurdlePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Gordon hopeful Light can shine in Betfair
TRAINER Chris Gordon is hoping to make the most of a surprise opportunity after Lightentertainment snuck in at the bottom of the weights for Saturday's Betfair Hurdle.
The prolific seven-year-old, who powered home from a seemingly hopeless position to notch up his hat-trick at Cheltenham last month, is a general 20-1 shot after creeping into the maximum 24-runner field for the Newbury Grade 3.
"I did not think Lightentertainment would get in but he has and we must take our chance," said Gordon. "It was a good performance at Cheltenham. He got a little bit tapped for toe coming down the hill but Tom [Cannon - jockey] was not hard on him, let him find his feet and he came home really well.
"In an ideal world, I wish it was over a furlong or two further but I'm sure they will go a real good gallop in a race like that and we know our horse will be doing his best work at the finish."
Lightentertainment may have snuck in but Snake Eyes was the shortest-priced runner not to feature among the declarations for Saturday's Betfair Hurdle at Newbury, as a maximum field of 24 was declared.
The Nicky Henderson-trained seven-year-old had been as short as 12-1 and needed eight horses to come out to be guaranteed a run, but there were only seven scratchings, with Lightentertainment the last to make the cut.
Henderson scratched Dawalan, while Seedling and Baradari were other notable absentees.
Following the declarations, Coral have Calipto as their 5-1 favourite, with Activial next at 6-1 then Sign Of A Victory at 12-1.
Evan Williams decided against running Laser Hawk, but has left in On Tour, and said in Thursday's Racing Post: "I wouldn't say we've laid him out for it, but it is worth a crack. It's a concern we're dropping in trip but it always helps to see a trip out well."