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Plans fluid for Cloth Cap – but no King George

Jonjo O’Neill has ruled Cloth Cap out of the King George VI Chase at Kempton, despite running “a cracker” when sixth in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury on Saturday.

Under a hefty 11st 8lb, the nine-year-old was prominent in the three-and-a-quarter-mile Grade Three handicap until turning for home, before fading under Tom Scudamore.

O’Neill has no immediate plans, other than ruling him out of the Christmas showpiece.

He said: “Cloth Cap is grand, thank God. He ran grand. He won’t go for the King George – he is out of that. I don’t know yet what the plans are. We’ll see how he goes. He ran a cracker.”

It was something of a disappointing weekend for the Jackdaws Castle team, as odds-on favourite Soaring Glory failed to deliver in the Listed Ladbrokes Committed To Safer Gambling Intermediate Hurdle at the Berkshire track.

Seeking to build on success at a similar grade at Ascot, the six-year-old finished last of four to Onemorefortheroad.

O’Neill was at a loss to explain his performance and said: “Soaring Glory is fine. Of course you’d be disappointed with that.

“There are no plans at the minute, to be honest. We’ll wait and see how his is, but he is absolutely fine.

“If you say he is better than that, let him go and prove it!”

Remastered looks to be none the worse for Newbury fall

David Pipe’s Remastered is faring well after walking away from a heavy fall in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury on Saturday.

The eight-year-old was running a superb race having started at 11-1 under Fergus Gillard, travelling competitively towards the head of the field as the leading contenders reached the home straight.

Approaching the fourth-last fence in the slipstream of eventual winner Cloudy Glen, the chestnut then stepped at the obstacle and crashed out of the Grade Three contest when falling heavily upon landing.

Thankfully both Remastered and his unscathed jockey got to their feet following the tumble and Pipe is hopeful the gelding will be none the worse in the long run.

“He doesn’t seem too bad, he’s stiff and sore but the physios are looking at him today so hopefully there’s not too much wrong,” he said on Monday.

“He looked as if he was going to run a massive race, but thankfully the horse is OK and the jockey is OK.

“The signs are good, the physio will look at him and the vet will look at him.

“He’s been under the (solarium) lights, he’s had arnica, he’s had his stretches and he doesn’t seem too bad but I’ll let the professionals give the final verdict.”

Should all be well Remastered will return to work towards the end of the week, after which discussions will be had as to when and where he will next be seen on track.

“Hopefully we can start back at the end of this week,” said Pipe.

“Then we’ll have a chat with the owners and decide where we go next.”

Tizzards gunning for more Ladbrokes Trophy gold

Team Tizzard are planning another big Saturday assault with the yard’s leading novice from last season, Fiddlerontheroof, spearheading a trio of the runners in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury.

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.

“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.”