Ladbrokes Trophy Chase Runner by Runner

1. Kemboy

Trainer - Willie Mullins

Jockey -

With the field being cut from 23 to 14, it leaves Kemboy as the top rated horse in the field, and will be handed the stiff task, of attempting to carry top weight of 11st12 to victory. Nevertheless, he looks a real likeable character and a 6yo going places, having won the Clonmel Oil Chase a fortnight ago.

Still lightly raced, he finished fourth in the JLT Novices Chase, five starts ago, and has won all of the races he has completed since then - falling at the first in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.

Key player.

2. Black Corton

Trainer - Paul Nicholls

Jockey - Bryony Frost

After blundering badly early on, Bryony Frost still managed to finish second in the Charlie Hall at Wetherby, at the beginning of the month.

The 7yo is another carrying top weight having proved himself as a top novice last year, winning seven of his eight races; including the Kauto Star on Boxing Day. His one defeat in that time came on the card here twelve months ago, to Elegant Escape who he faces once more.

Looked leggy in the RSA at Cheltenham, perhaps due to a long and hard campaign.

Major contender here though.

3. Elegant Escape

Trainer - Colin Tizzard

Jockey - Harry Cobden

Got the better of the Tom Lacey-trained Thomas Patrick in the Listed Future Stars Intermediate Chase at Sandown not too long ago, getting up in the final strides.

What's better is that he will come on for that run, having been off for over six months prior to that.

Clashes once more with Black Corton, who he beat in both the RSA and here last year in the John Francome Novices Chase, although the Paul Nicholls 7yo did strike back with revenge on Boxing Day.

Fascinating encounter, and will certainly make the frame.

4. American

Trainer - Harry Fry

Jockey - A B O'Connor

Pulled up in this contest last year after some dodgy jumping, Harry Fry is looking to get his 8yo back on track, having ended the 2017 season looking a promising novice.

Away from Newbury, since then he has finished a good second to Definitly Red in the Cotswold earlier this year, before making no sort of challenge in the Gold Cup.

Perhaps this is his level, and having been well fancied last year, will be hoping to make the firing line this time around.

5. Dingo Dollar

Trainer - Alan King

Jockey - Wayne Hutchinson

Fourth here four weeks ago in a hurdles contest, Dingo Dollar is ready to step back up to fences according to his trainer.

King said at Kempton on Monday that he is in good order and that he is entitled to go there, but hopes their is not too much rain on its way.


6. Thomas Patrick

Trainer - Tom Lacey

Jockey - Richard Johnson

May currently be slightly edging favouritism, after returning with a narrow defeat to ever-present Elegant Escape, with many expecting him to turn the tables.

Dropped in trip since finding the Devon National too much back in February, he has thrived back over just 3 miles, including winning a Class 3 Handicap Chase here in sensational fashion.

Also took the Betway Handicap Chase at Aintree, and still unexposed, he looks a leading contender here.

7. Sizing Tennessee

Trainer - Colin Tizzard

Jockey - Tom Scudamore

Bolted up in a Class 2 at Fontwell about eight weeks ago, where he strung the field out like Monday morning washing.

Always seems to make the frame in similar contests, and indeed Class 1's, but this looks highly competitive, and others have more convincing profiles.

Not to be ignored completely, but many rivals preferred.

8. Beware The Bear

Trainer - Nicky Henderson

Jockey - Jeremiah McGrath

Pulled up when last seen in the Scottish Grand National, proving that anything beyond 25 furlongs does not appear to suit.

Ran over said distance at Cheltenham when finishing a worthy fourth in the Ultima Handicap Chase behind Coo Star Sivola, but with a few lengths to find.

Each way claims.

9. Go Conquer

Trainer - Nigel Twiston-Davies

Jockey - Jamie Moore

Number nine, the 9yo Go Conquer takes his place in this classy field, looking to relocate his best form which led him to glory in the Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot last season.

Was third in this year's renewal behind Traffic Fluide, when continuing at the one pace. Age maybe starting to creep up on him, but a worthy contender for this valuable asset.

10. Ms Parfois

Trainer - Anthony Honeyball

Jockey - Aidan Coleman

The only mare in the field is the loveable Ms Parfois, who has been such a consistent horse for Anthony Honeyball, including a handful of successes last season.

She gave everything in defeat to Rathvinden in the four-miler at the Festival when just being denied - so stamina is assured, exactly a month before again just falling short in the Mildmay Novices Chase at Aintree behind Terrefort.

Ever so reliable, and surely has every chance here off a great weight.

11. Allysson Monterg

Trainer - Richard Hobson

Jockey - James Bowen

Last seen on the 25th April when winning at Perth on soft ground, but faces a big step up in class here.

Possibly a shade outclassed too, having been pulled up when last seen in this sort of company, early on in the RSA at Cheltenham.


12. Flying Angel

Trainer - Nigel Twiston-Davies

Jockey - Tom Bellamy

Used to running in the top banded races, but used to not running really very well.

Was second last time in a Class 2 at Ascot, but has failed to place prior to that in the last twelve months.

Has changed owners a few times, and maybe one to avoid.

13. West Approach

Trainer - Colin Tizzard

Jockey - Adam Wedge

Related to fan favourite Thistlecrack, West Approach has never really shown the same talent that his half-brother possesses.

Pulled up in the BetVictor Gold Cup when struggling early on, has it all to prove here in another tough looking contest.

Last seen at Newbury when making his hurdles debut, behind guess who.. Dual Champion Hurdler Buveur D'Air back in 2015, who heads for the Fighting Fifth.

The Young Master

Trainer - Neil Mulholland

Jockey - Sam Waley-Cohen

Do not rule out The Young Master, who sits at the bottom of the list and the foot of the weights.

Seems to have turned over a new leaf this term, with commanding victories at both Chepstow and Cheltenham, and all of a sudden looks to hold strong claims.

Former winner of the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown, he is definitely in with a chance of landing a hat-trick of wins and is an interesting runner, which many may not consider.