Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 08:48 20/12/2013
The Ladbroke, due to be run at 3.35 on Saturday afternoon at Ascot looks one of the most competitive handicap hurdles likely to be run this season, with the race worth over £84k to the winner attracting a field of 21 runners of which few, if any, can be discounted from the two-mile contest won 12 month's ago by Irish challenger Cause Of Causes.
Having already selected the Nicky Henderson-trained Chatterbox at 12-1 ( now as short as 6s ) earlier in the week it could pay, in such a wide-open affair, to have a saver on a horse that looks overpriced at the 16-1 on offer with William Hill about a horse who races off a favourable mark despite winning her first five starts before a creditable third to current Champion Hurdle second favourite My Tent Or Yours. The lightly-raced Swing Bowler won on her two bumper starts before going on to take a couple of novice hurdles prior to taking a Musselburgh handicap by four and a half lengths off a rating of 123.
Racing off an 11lb higher mark in Newbury's Betfair Hurdle last February the daughter of Galileo and the prolific-winning mare Lady Cricket the 6-year-old found only Nicky Henderson's recent Fighting Fifth hurdle winner and Cotton Mill too good at the Berkshire track but lost nothing in defeat, and at odds of 7-1 was expected to pose a danger to the great mare Quevega in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. The mount of Timmy Murphy proved a big disappointment at Prestbury Park trailing home in 15th place but it is best to put a line through that run as she clearly failed to show her true form on that occasion. Dropped 2lb after Cheltenham, the David Pipe-trained mare races off what looks a mark of 134 on Saturday and with ground conditions unlikely to cause a problem a big run is expected in the Grade 3 contest.