Eklat De Rire in action at the Cheltenham Festival
Eklat De Rire in action at Cheltenham

Ladbrokes Trophy preview & tips: Who will win Saturday's big race Newbury?


It's the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on Saturday. We have a tip, Timeform pace map data, trainer quotes and key video replays.


Ladbrokes Trophy best bet

Henry De Bromhead is already plundering the major prizes in the UK this season as evidenced by A Plus Tard's Betfair Chase romp, and the theme could continue at Newbury.

EKLAT DE RIRE is his representative in the prestigious contest and the lightly-raced seven-year-old ticks a lot of the required boxes for a would-be Ladbrokes Trophy winner.

A high-class novice who was going well when unseating behind Monkfish at Cheltenham, he breezed through his prep race at Wexford and is only 2lb higher than his Irish mark.

Lightly-raced and a beautiful jumper, he could well put forward his claims for races like the Cheltenham Gold Cup and prove himself well-treated off 154 under Rachael Blackmore.

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How will the Ladbrokes Trophy be run?

Timeform Ladbrokes Trophy predicted pace map (with predicted front runners on the right)
Timeform Ladbrokes Trophy predicted pace map (with predicted front runners on the right)

Key: 1 Brahma Bull, 2 Eklat De Rire, 3 Cloth Cap, 4 Annamix, 5 Ontheropes, 6 Fiddlerontheroof, 7 Kitty's Light, 8 Brave Eagle, 9 Mister Malarkey, 10 Copperhead, 11 Potterman, 12 Enrilo, 13 Remastered, 14 Canelo, 15 The Hollow Ginge, 16 Demachine, 17 Cloudy Glen, 18 Fortescue, 19 Full Back, 20 One More Fleurie, 21 Danny Whizzbang.


There looks to be plenty of potential pace on in the Ladbrokes Trophy with last year's winner Cloth Cap likely to be closely attended to by Remastered, One More Fleurie, Brahma Bull and Danny Whizzbang.

In the second wave you have horses like Enrilo, Annamix, Copperhead and Potterman and sitting just off the leaders is where we'd expect to see the selection, Eklat De Rire.

Hopefully Rachael Blackmore can get him settled in a rhythm and avoid trouble.

This is a race where traditionally it hasn't paid to sit too far off the pace, but we'd expect to see the likes of Canelo and Kitty's Light towards the rear on the first circuit.

Other fancied horses, like Ontheropes and Demachine, are likely to sit in mid-division.

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Key views from connections...

Richard Thompson, Ontheropes: “Last weekend was very exhilarating and I’m looking forward to going to Newbury. Can we win the two big races on two Saturday afternoons in a row? I don’t think so, but we’re going there with a big chance. We’ve had seven winners from 15 runners at Cheltenham and we’ve won 14 Grade Ones now, which includes three Champion Bumpers, a Ryanair, a Ballymore, a Savills and a Betfair Chase – it’s unbelievable. Willie seems happy with him and hopefully he has still got a few pounds in hand. He looked the part (at Limerick), but I’m just thinking after last Saturday, surely it can’t happen again this weekend. The success we’ve had is hard to put into words. As long as he runs well and jumps well and finishes the race in a good place, that’s great.”

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Henry De Bromhead, Eklat De Rire: “Second-season novices seem to have a good record in it and he has that profile. It was probably a bit early to gauge it (at Cheltenham), but he seemed to be going well and Rachael was happy with him. It was a bit unfortunate. We really like him and think he’s a very good horse. Whether he can make that step, we’ll find out on his next couple of runs really. We were happy to pitch him in at Cheltenham last season and when you’re up at that rating, I wouldn’t like to be predicting how far they can go – I prefer them to go out and do it themselves. He’s a horse we think a lot of and we’re looking forward to it.”

Paul Nicholls, Enrilo: “He’s fine. He schooled on Thursday morning. I’m very happy with him. He went to the gallops day at Newbury last week and did some work there. He won’t need the run, I’d have thought. I’ve been very happy with his preparation.”

Tom Scudamore, Cloth Cap: “It’s going to be a lot harder off an 18lb higher mark, but the way he went and won it last year, you would be hard-pressed to say he wouldn’t have won it with another 18lb on his back. Having said that, this year we have some Irish horses coming over that look pretty unexposed and you have to give them the utmost respect.”

Joe Tizzard, Mister Malarky, Fiddlerontheroof & Copperhead: “Fiddlerontheroof goes in there with the best form. He did it nicely at Carlisle and we couldn’t be happier with him at home. It’s a competitive race, as it always is, but he goes in there ticking lots of boxes.

Copperhead is a classy horse on his day, but just wasn’t right all of last season. He seems well at home. I would have loved to have got a prep run into him, but we couldn’t because of the ground. He's working well and schooling well and I think he’s back to somewhere near his best, which would give him an each-way chance.

Mister Malarky has had a couple of runs and ran quite nicely at Ascot last time. It’s not easy to judge when he’s right, but on his day he’s quite talented.”

Christian Williams, Kitty’s Light: “It’s great to have a horse running in these type of races that we think has got a genuine chance. Three runs ago he did all bar win the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown, he had a lovely first run back at Chepstow and then he was second in the Charlie Hall in ground that a bit sticky for him. We’ll see how we get on. He’s a horse we hope could be running in Grand Nationals at some stage, or if he keeps improving he might even make up into a Gold Cup horse.”


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1. Munster National, Limerick, October 10 2021

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2. Brown Advisory Novices' Chase, Cheltenham, March 17 2021

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4. Bateaux London Reynoldstown Novices' Chase, Ascot, February 20 2021

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