LADBROKES TROPHY: RUNNER-BY-RUNNER GUIDE
Well-made gelding: has had breathing surgery: winning hurdler: high-class chaser: won listed event at Sandown and Welsh Grand National at Chepstow (by 11/4 spans from Ramses de Teillee) in 2018/19, when also 3/4-length moment of 6 to Frodon in Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham in January: off seven weeks, Live Stream Grand National, 6/1, good 33/4 lengths second of 7 to Ballyoptic at Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby last time, running a typical race: stays 29f: acts on heavy going: tried in cheekpieces: frequently races sensibly, tends to receive outpaced before coming home well (may collect for fitting of blinkers).
2 – BEWARE THE BEAR
Strong, workmanlike gelding: has had breathing operation: winning hurdler: very wise handicap chaser: obtained in Cheltenham double in 2018/19, latterly Ultima Handicap Chase (by 11/4 spans from Vintage Clouds): 9/1, took little interest when hauled up in bet365 Gold Cup won by Talkischeap in Sandown final start: should remain 4m: behaves heavy going: in headgear last 4 starts: usually races nearer than first: challenging journey.
3 – BRAVE EAGLE
Extended gelding: prolific winning hurdler (useful form): quite wise form over fences: won handicap at Haydock (by 21/2 lengths from Huntsman Son) in May: 5/1, followed up in 15-runner Summer Cup (Handicap) at Uttoxeter last time by nose from Killaro Boy, remaining strongly to lead between last 2: stays 31/4m: acts heavy going: at cheekpieces last 3 starts: usually responds generously to pressure: open to further improvement as a chaser.
4 – YALA ENKI
Useful-looking gelding: winning hurdler: quite wise disability chaser: won at Bangor (by nose from Sir Mangan) in 2018/19: great attempt when 51/4 spans third of 20 to Elegant Escape at Welsh Grand National at Chepstow later in year: 100/1, 291/2 lengths seventh of 16 into Al Boum Photo in Cheltenham Gold Cup ultimate start: has abandoned Venetia Williams: remains 29f: acts on heavy going: attempted in cheekpieces: tends to perspiration.Live Stream Grand National.
5 – YORKHILL
Rangy gelding: intelligent hurdler: best recent attempt when 253/4 lengths sixth of 13 into De Bon Coeur at Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil in Auteuil in 2018/19: smart chaser: won minor occasion at Galway (by 3 lengths from A Few Neck) in August: 7/1, best effort this season when 9 crosses fourth of 8 into Snow Falcon in PWC Champion Chase at Gowran last time, despite leaping markedly left: stays 25f: acts on heavy going.
Live Stream Grand National
Rangy gelding: winning hurdler: intelligent handicap chaser, lightly raced: 8/1, enhanced again when winning 15-runner Grand National Trial at Haydock on closing start by 3/4 length from Ramses de Teillee, finding a lot to lead close home: remains 31/2m: functions on heavy moving: at tongue tie last 4 starts.
Extended gelding: smart form over hurdles: similar shape over fences: obtained rookie at Plumpton and recorded rookie at Warwick (by 6 lengths from Secret Investor) at 2018/19: 4/1, mistakes and badly hampered when pulled up in National Hunt Chase won by Le Breuil at Cheltenham last time: ought to remain beyond 31/4m: Live Stream Grand National, acts heavy going: frequently travels strongly: remains capable of better as a chaser.
8 – MISTER MALARKY
Extended gelding: winning hurdler: smart chaser: won handicaps at Plumpton (newcomers occasion ) and Newbury, Live Stream Grand National, and Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot (by 11/2 spans from Today McGinty) at 2018/19: good attempt when 5 lengths second of 18 into Kildisart in Grade 3 handicap in Aintree on final start of year: off 7 weeks, jumped less well than normal and got tired on return: will stay long distances: acts heavy going: dependable: ought to be spot on today, and partnered by excellent conditional.
9 – ON THE BLIND SIDE
Good-topped gelding: has had breathing operation: clever form over hurdles: greatest effort when 9 spans second of 7 to Younevercall in Select Hurdle at Sandown in 2018/19: smart form over fences: acquired novice at Kempton (by 31/4 spans from Talkischeap) in 2018/19: off 6 weeks, 5/1, caught eye when 10 lengths fourth of 16 into Vinndication at Sodexo Gold Cup (Handicap Chase) at Ascot last time, running on from rear without being pumped around: will remain 31/4m: acts on gentle going: at cheekpieces last 3 starts.
Lengthy gelding: priceless hurdler: off 7 weeks, 3/1, probably better for run when 203/4 lengths sixth of 11 into Sirobbie in handicap at Uttoxeter last time, losing place after mistake 3 out smart form over fences: won rookie handicaps at Newbury and Uttoxeter at 2018/19: stays 3m: functions on heavy going: likely to progress further as a chaser.
Close-coupled gelding: has had breathing operation: rather handy handicap hurdler: obtained in Taunton at 2018/19: priceless form over fences: won novice at Ffos Las at June and handicap at Perth (by 12 lengths from Boy’s On Tour) at September: 11/2, possibly deterring when pulled up in handicap won by Soupy Soups at Perth last time: stays 3m: acts on heavy heading: has worn headgear, such as last five starts: has worn tongue tie: has raced lazily.Live Stream Grand National.
12 – DAKLONDIKE
Tall gelding: useful form over hurdles: off 9 months, 40/1, shaped nicely when 4 lengths second of 9 to Diablo p Rouhet in handicap at Newbury last time, finishing with running and not unduly punished: clever handicap chaser: won at Haydock (by length from Ballyarthur) in 2018/19: stays 31/4m: functions heavy going: usually wears headgear: has worn out tongue tie: one to deal with with care.
13 – BORICE
Useful type on hurdles: won rookie at Uttoxeter in June and novice at Perth (by 33 lengths from Bialco) in July: useful handicap chaser: 9/1back to very finest when winning 22-runner Galway Plate last time by 31/4 spans from Black Corton, top 1f outside and staying well: stays 27f: functions on soft going: has worn cheekpieces: in tongue tie last 4 starts.
14 – CABARET QUEEN
Extended mare: has had breathing performance: winning hurdler: useful handicap chaser: 8/1, much enhanced when winning 16-runner Munster National Handicap Chase in Limerick last time impressively by 13 lengths from Spider Internet, again jumping well and drawing clear from home twist: left Dan Skelton after initially (2019/20) beginning: stays 3m: acts on heavy moving: wore tongue tie for previous lawn.
15 – TWO TAFFS
Engineered gelding: intelligent hurdler: off 24 months, 20/1, established retains all skill when 53/4 spans third of 7 into The Worlds End in West Yorkshire Hurdle at Wetherby last time: similar shape over fences: remains 21f (doubtful stayer within this longer trip): functions on gentle going: occasionally in cheekpieces: at tongue tie 4 starts.
16 – DINGO DOLLAR
Useful-looking gelding: priceless hurdler: off 7 months, 12/1, plenty of reinforcement when 51/4 lengths third of 9 to Diablo p Rouhet in handicap at Newbury last time, needing stiffer evaluation: intelligent chaser: won rookie handicap at Newbury and novice at Doncaster at 2017/18: Live Stream Grand National, unsatisfactory last year: remains 31/4m: acts heavy going: frequently at cheekpieces: leading runner/races prominently: looks to have been laid out to get this after forming so nicely in last season’s renewal (sports first-time visor).
17 – WEST Strategy
Workmanlike gelding: intelligent hurdler: smart handicap chaser: 11/4, won 7-runner Grade 3 event at Cheltenham last time by 3 lengths from Achille, made to direct run-in and shortly clear: stays 27f: functions heavy moving: has worn blinkers: attempted in tongue tie: irresolute.
18 – SOME CHAOS
Short-backed gelding: little form over hurdles: off 7 months, 9/2, formed like demanding run when 271/2 lengths fourth of 5 to Ramses de Teillee in novice at Cheltenham last time: useful form over fences: won Bangor and Market Rasen (novice events), and Wincanton and Kelso (overcame errors in beating Blue Flight by 21/4 spans ) in 2018/19: inclined to remain long distances: best form on good going: includes worn hood: open to more improvement as a chaser.
19 – JOE FARRELL
Good-topped gelding: winning hurdler: priceless handicap chaser: obtained Scottish Grand National at Ayr in 2017/18: off 6 months, powerful 3/1, back to form when length third of 9 into Vieux Lion Rouge in veterans event at Chepstow last time, collared dying strides: stays 4m: acts on soft going. .
20 – REGAL ENCORE
Live Stream Grand National-Compact gelding: winning hurdler: priceless handicap chaser: 20/1, bounced back to shape when 5 lengths second of 16 into Vinndication in Sodexo Gold Cup (Handicap Chase) at Ascot last time: hardly stays 41/4m: acts on soft going: has worn out hood: has worn tongue tie, such as latest beginning: hard to grab right.
21 – SHANTOU VILLAGE
Sturdy gelding: winning hurdler: priceless handicap chaser: won at Worcester (by 3/4 span from Above Board) at 2018/19: off 6 weeks, 12/1, each opportunity when unseated rider last in Kerry National Handicap Chase won by Poker Party at Listowel final time, Live Stream Grand National, could have ended at least third: stays 3m: functions on soft and good to firm going: at cheekpieces last five starts: in tongue tie last 3 starts.
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22 – WALT
Rather leggy gelding: winning hurdler: priceless handicap chaser: off 6 weeks and down in weights, 16/1, won 8-runner event at Taunton time by throat from Brother Tedd, outbattling runner-up: remains 3m: functions on heavy moving: wears headgear/tongue tie.
23 – THE CONDITIONAL
Winning hurdler: priceless chaser: 14/1, stepped up on reappearance when winning 15-runner handicap at Cheltenham last time by 13/4 spans from West Approach: left Martin Hassett after closing (2018/19) beginning: inclined to remain further than 25f: acts on good to firm and heavy going: tried in cheekpieces/tongue tie: usually front runner/races prominently.
24 – COMMODORE
Compact gelding: has experienced breathing operation: maiden hurdler: useful form over fences: obtained handicaps at Warwick and Sandown at 2018/19: away 8 months, 7/2, shaped as if needing run when 141/4 lengths fifth of 8 to Graceful Legend in similar occasion at Bangor final time, weakening when slithered on landing past: stays 3m: functions on heavy moving: should still improve more than fences.
25 – BENNY’S KING (Reserve)
Good-topped gelding: winning hurdler: priceless form over fences: obtained handicaps at Chepstow and Market Rasen (novices event, by 12 lengths from Pookie Pekan) in 2018/19: off 10 months, powerful 3/1, 153/4 lengths sixth of 12 to Rocco in similar occasion at Stratford last period, Live Stream Grand National, not necessarily fluent: should be satisfied by 3m: acts on heavy moving.