Single wager could pay dividends in Newbury feature


By James Daly

Saturday 2nd Dec sees the running of the historic Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (formerly known as the Hennessey Gold Cup), at Newbury over three and quarter miles.

A Grade 3 handicap, it normally provides a cracking spectacle and tomorrow’s race looks well up to scratch. Likely favourite for the race is the Willie Mullin’s trained Total Recall, a ready winner of the Munster National at Limerick in October. Still off a handy weight, the eight-year-old is bound to go well, but is not great value at around 9/2. Of more interest is the Tom George trained Singlefarmpayment who ran right up to his best when finishing second to Cogry in a Class 2 handicap at Cheltenham over 3 miles 1 furlong in October.

The seven-year-old has not had a lot of racing, but did win a Grade 2 novice chase last season and was short headed in the competitive 23 runner Grade 3 Ultima handicap chase at the Festival, so he should have enough experience to cope with both the fences and the field size, at Newbury tomorrow. At around 7/1 currently, Singlefarmpayment looks sure to run a very big race and be in the money .Of the others, American, another seven year old, trained by Harry Fry, could the horse in the race with a future, having won all his novice races well, last season .Whatever he does tomorrow ,he is sure to improve and could be a Gold Cup contender come March 2018.Of the relative outsiders, Nigel Twiston Davies’s Cogry ,although meeting the re-opposing Singlefarmpayment on 5lbs worse terms, could still be the each way value at around 14/1, particularly if the ground dried up.

Also, the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth hurdle is run at Newcastle. With long odds on favourite in Buveur D’Air, there must be a case for a small each way (first two only) interest in Apple’s Jade, who has fitness on her side and gets 7lbs weight allowance from the favourite. It would not the first time a hot favourite has been overturned in this race over the years.