2021 Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury: the runners, the odds, the verdict
The Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury,one of the big winter highlights, has been an excellent pointer towards those with Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National ambitions in previous years. The mighty Denman's huge weight-carrying performance in 2009 is the stuff of legend,but who will star this season?
1 Brahma Bull
Ten-year-old who won competitive Punchestown handicap in May; needs a career best off top weight.
2 Eklat De Rire
Has won his three completed chase starts and has the potential to be better than this mark.
Trainer:Henry de Bromhead
3 Cloth Cap
18lb higher than when winning this last year but did it in fine style; not ruled out.
Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
Arrives in good form but beaten on last nine starts and this is extremely competitive.
Jockey:Jack Foley (5)
Won the Munster National last month and shaped as though he had more left in the tank.
Runner-up at Cheltenham Festival in March and yard firmly back among the big-race winners.
7 Kitty's Light
Runner-up in the Charlie Hall last time and has each-way claims now back in a handicap.
Jockey:Jack Tudor (3)
8 Brave Eagle
On a handy mark and returned from absence with fair fourth last month; good ground suits best.
9 Mister Malarky
Well beaten on both starts last month but has been known to bounce back out of the blue.
Jockey:Harry Kimber (7)
Struggled last season but stable going much better this term; well handicapped on best form.
Jockey:Jonjo O'Neill Jr
Runner-up in Badger Beer recently and steadily progressive; best form is on good ground.
Appears to idle in front so this progressive seven-year-old could still be ahead of the handicapper.
Won 3m Grade 2 novice in February then faded over 3m6f at Cheltenham; could have more to offer.
Jockey:Fergus Gillard (3)
Improved last season when cheekpieces went on but others look better treated.
15 The Hollow Ginge
Was a 14-length fourth in this race last year; place possibilities but he's inconsistent.
Second in Grade 2 novice at Ascot in February; could build on that now back left-handed.
17 Cloudy Glen
Inconsistent but won on last year's reappearance and has each-way claims if on a going day.
Progressive in spring and this seven-year-old may have more to offer, but form has to go to next level.
Jockey:Hugh Nugent (5)
19 Full Back
Plenty of ability in small-field novice chases last term but this is extremely competitive.
20 One More Fleurie
Impressed at Ayr in April; could leave comeback behind if ground suits (best form on good).
Jockey:Charlie Todd (3)
21 Danny Whizzbang
New trainer enjoying an excellent autumn; well handicapped but struggled last season.
Jockey:Mitchell Bastyan (3)
The lightly racedseven-year-oldEklat De Rirehas star potential for Henry de Bromhead and Rachael Blackmore and is preferred to Ontheropes.
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