Sentry Duty (left): landed the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot on his last startPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Sentry Duty installed 10-1 Trophy favourite
SENTRY DUTY - winner of the Ladbroke Hurdle at Ascot on his last start, has been installed the 10-1 favourite for the Totesport Trophy at Newbury on February 7.
The Nicky Henderson-trained seven-year-old held off Belcantista that day, and the Philip Hobbs representative is among a clutch of horses available at the next best 12-1.
The race could also mark the reappearance of Whiteoak, winner of the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival last season, and trained by Donald McCain Junior.
McCain said: "She's in great nick, it will be somewhere around the end of January I would have thought when she runs and then straight to Cheltenham.
"I've not got a specific race in mind, I've even entered her in the Totesport Trophy because, with her rating as it is, she is quite hard to place.
"She wouldn't want very soft ground but she seems to have strengthened up from last year and we are going to try to do the job right."
Another who performed with credit at the Cheltenham Festival last season was Psycho - second in the Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle for Tony Martin, and the eight-year-old may also line up for the Grade 3 contest.
Totesport: 10 Sentry Duty, 12 Ashkazar, Belcantista, Dee Ee Williams, Numide, Psycho, Robin Du Bois, 14 Imperial Hills, Medermit, Snap Tie, Sunnyhill Boy, 16 Aigle D'Or, Alpine Eagle, Chomba Womba, Dancing Tornado, Prince Taime, Quevega, Rippling Ring, Songe, Wingman, 20 bar.