Maximum field for Ladbrokes Trophy test
Cabaret Queen and Okay Corral Attribute in a field of 24 runners for the Ladbrokes Trophy.
Nicky Henderson has saddled three past winners of this prestigious disability chase, formerly known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, with Trabolgan (2005), Bobs Worth (2012) and also Triolo D’Alene (2013) on the roll of honour.
Ok Corral, that won as a newcomer over fences last year, but had been pulled up at the Cheltenham Festival in March heads Last season’s Seven Barrows team.
Henderson saddles Beware The Bear, Brave Eagle and The Blind Side.
Having seen Be My Royal after departure the post before 2002, disqualified, his first Ladbrokes Trophy was claimed by Willie Mullins in 2017 – and also a twin assault is fired by this season.
Like Total Recall, many heated up to Newbury using a dominant victory in the Munster National at Limerick and strongly fancy Cabaret Queen to follow up in the hands of Paul Townend.
She is joined by her stablemate Yorkhill, although the Galway Plate hero Borice of Gordon Elliott is a third challenger in Ireland.
Colin Tizzard, who has saddled among the previous 3 winners in Native River (2016) and Sizing Tennessee (2018), is represented by top-weight Elegant Escape, Robinsfirth, Mister Malarkey and current Cheltenham scorer West Approach.
De Rasher Counter is a contender for Emma Lavelle, having blown any cobwebs away having a comeback run over hurdles at Uttoxeter.
“He has got an intriguing profile for the race – he has won around Newbury and he’s an improving second-season novice,” Lavelle told Sky Sports Racing.
“He had a training run across Uttoxeter, where he certainly awakened.
“He’s improved from all recognition since then.”
While Bennys King is a reserve runner for the race hopefuls contain Alan King’s Dingo Dollar and the Dan Skelton-trained Two Taffs.