Ladbrokes Trophy Betting and Odds Focus: Eklat De Rire a real live one for De Bromhead

Planet Sport have all the betting news, odds & tips as Newbury gears up for the Grade 3 Ladbrokes Trophy on Saturday, November 27. Classy Irishman De Bromhead is targeting another top English chase.

With the national hunt season really clicking into gear, Planet Sport looks ahead to Saturday's Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury.

The three miles, two furlong, Grade 3 chase looks set to be a tremendously competitive affair with a whole host of runners after the cool £142,375 prize.

Be sure to check in with Planet Sport each day for all the latest betting, odds and news as the Winter Carnival at Newbury approaches.

Henry De Bromhead's Eklat De Rire heads field of 21

Irish conquerer of British jumps racing Henry De Bromhead looks to have a solid chance of taking the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury with Eklat De Rire.

Having dominated the last Cheltenham Festival by winning the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and saddling the first two home in the Gold Cup, De Bromhead then went on to provide the first two finishers in the Grand National.

Last weekend he proved he has not taken his foot off the gas when A Plus Tard turned the Betfair Chase into a procession and Eklat De Rire has been among the market leaders for one of the feature races of the season since making a winning comeback at Wexford.

Stablemate Chris's Dream, however, does not make the journey meaning the weights rise by 4lb, leaving Willie Mullins' Brahma Bull at the top.

Mullins also runs Munster National winner Ontheropes, another leading ante-post fancy and the mount of Sean O'Keeffe, and Annamix (Jack Foley).

Last year's winner Cloth Cap is back once more, but will find life a bit tougher this time around on his mark of 154.

Tom Scudamore retains the partnership, in preference to riding Remastered for his boss David Pipe.

"The ground was the deciding factor. David and I had a conversation about it a couple of days ago. I've come down on Cloth Cap and we'll see if I'm right on Saturday," said Scudamore.

"I was pleased with his run at Cheltenham (first time out). He has to improve for it, but there is no reason why not. It was his first run back off the wind op and he ran very pleasingly. It was only from the second last that we got run out of it. The conditions should suit him better on Saturday.

"I was having a great ride off him in the Grand National until he started making a noise and then the wheels came off very quickly. Hopefully that's been rectified."

The in-form Colin Tizzard runs Fiddlerontheroof, successful on his comeback in a strong race at Carlisle and Copperhead, winner of the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase in 2020 before losing his way completely last season. Mister Malarky is another going for Tizzard.

Paul Nicholls is represented by Enrilo, first past the post in the bet365 Gold Cup only to be demoted to third, while the beneficiary of that decision, Alan King's Potterman, also runs. Stablemate Canelo also lines up.

Kitty's Light was second in that Sandown race, as well as in the Charlie Hall Chase last time out and will aim to give Christian Williams a first win in the race.

Demachine, Brave Eagle, The Hollow Ginge, Cloudy Glen, Fortescue, Full Back, One More Fleurie and Danny Whizzbang complete the field.

Demachine ready to crank into gear for Kerry Lee

TV graphics producer turned national hunt trainer Kerry Lee is hoping her Demachine can be box office material in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury.

The Presteigne trainer reports the lightly-raced seven-year-old to be ready for the big test this prestigious staying handicap chase presents.

Demachine may not have run since finishing second to Remastered in the Reynoldstown Novices' Chase at Ascot in February but Lee points out he won on his chasing debut at Uttoxeter in October, 2020, on his first start for 214 days.

"He's really good. Everything he's doing has pleased us. His last piece of work was very good and I'm hopeful the ground will really suit him," she said.

"Obviously, he's untried at three-miles-two (furlongs). That has to be a question mark but we take it he'll stay. He gives no reason to say he won't and I think he's bred to stay and he's a second-season chaser.

"It's a very competitive renewal with the Irish horses in it and the best from this country too.

"We have a competitive chance and I think we are entitled to be there and you could argue he is best fresh as he won first time out last season. He beat some decent novice chasers at Uttoxeter, so it's fingers crossed.

"He's rated 142. I think that's fair on the evidence he has shown so far. Do I think he's well in? How can I possibly know? We'll find out on Saturday.

"I could do with this with Messrs De Bromhead, Mullins and Nicholls and so on in there. They don't make it easy for the smaller trainers like us. If Sue Smith can do it (with Midnight Shadow in the Paddy Power Gold Cup), let's hope I can too."

Fiddlerontheroof leads Tizzard's Ladbroke Trophy trio as Dorset trainer aims to hit high notes.

West Country handler Colin Tizzard is confident of getting a tune out promising novice Fiddlerontheroof, the leading fancy of a trio of his runners.

Having landed the historic handicap twice in the last five years, with subsequent Gold Cup winner Native River in 2016 and Sizing Tennessee two years later, the Dorset yard will play another strong hand in the three-and-a-quarter-mile Grade Three showpiece, worth £142,375 to the winner.

Mister Malarky and Copperhead complete the three-pronged attack, with assistant trainer Joe Tizzard hopeful Fiddlerontheroof can maintain his progression and go right to the top of the chasing tree.

Last season's Brown Advisory Novices' Chase second, a Grade One-winning novice hurdler, produced a perfect start to his campaign with an impressive success in the Listed Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase at Carlisle.

Tizzard - who was at Ascot on Saturday to see Lostintranslation return to top form in the 1965 Chase - confirmed: "It is a prestigious race that we target and we are probably going to run three in the Ladbrokes Trophy - Fiddlerontheroof, Copperhead and Mister Malarky.

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"Fiddler obviously put in a lovely performance at Carlisle and has a run under his belt and ticks a lot of the boxes. It was good to see him stick on so well at Carlisle.

"He's a second-season novice, who was ultra-consistent throughout the whole of last year, taking on the best novices in England, and didn't do a lot wrong.

"Off his current mark, you would have to hope he would be competitive. This race suits second-season novices as well."

Mister Malarky and Copperhead, winner of three of his six chases, are no slouches either, having respectively landed the Grade Two Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices' Chase at Ascot in 2019 and 2020.

Tizzard added: "Mister Malarky has had two runs this season. He was a bit disappointing on his first, but he takes a couple of runs to get sharp and while this is chucking him in at the deep end, he is a good horse when it all clicks for him - you wouldn't necessarily know when that is going to be.

"But on a going day has plenty of talent and he wouldn't mind a bit of decent ground if it stays dry all week."

Kitty's Light the cream for Christian Williams at Newbury

Welsh trainer Christian Williams was positively purring about Kitty's Light ahead of the Ladbrokes Trophy on Saturday.

The five-year-old bids to become the youngest horse to win the prestigious staying handicap chase since its inception as the Hennessy Gold Cup in 1957.

Runner-up in a controversial race for the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in April, Kitty's Light has had the benefit of two runs this autumn and is a general 10-1 chance for glory at the weekend.

Second in a handicap chase at Chepstow on his return early month, he was runner-up in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby three weeks later.

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"We're looking forward to that. He's in good form at home and we cantered him at Newbury on the press day (Tuesday). He seemed very well. He's a good horse and one we always look forward to running," said Williams.

"Hopefully it will stay dry for another week. He's in good form so he'll be running whatever the ground is."

He added: "He's a bit of a freak how he recovers from his races. Even in the winner's enclosure after a race he recovers so quickly. There must be something in him - big lungs, big heart - and he's so clean winded. He always recovers very well".

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