While there are several waiting to see Goshen return to hurdles, Gary Moore’s stable horse will be missing for the Betfair Fighting Fifth Hurdle race on Saturday as he was not included in the list for the race.
The 4-year-old gelding, who took over from the title from Jamie Moore in the last Triumph Hurdle back in March, was registered for two runs on the Flat this autumn but was eventually pulled out of the events for the Elite Hurdle and Coral Hurdle, which odds from usa online casinos had provided odds for, as he won’t be available.
Goshen was said to have been ruled out of Saturday’s Grade Two race at Ascot due to the low ability the horse has in scope. Due to this, Moore now has the Fighting Fifth as his target for the four-year-old gelding, if he scoped clean in time, otherwise, the International Hurdle at Cheltenham, which will be held in December, will be the next target.
Epatante, who emerged as the Champion Hurdle winner, was the main focus in Monday’s ten-strong entry list for the Fighting Fifth and will be returning for a race, which was won by his trainer Nicky Henderson with Buveur D’Air for two consecutive years, 2017 and 2018.
Six-year-old Cornerstone Lad, who put a stop to Buveur D’Air’s winning streak last year to win the hurdle, will also be taking part in the race but will be searching around for a new jockey as Henry Brooke enters the sidelines having succumbed to a broken neck injury.
Alan King-trained Sceau Royal, who came out victorious for the Elite Hurdle and Welsh Champion Hurdle this season, will also be available alongside Silver Streak and Ribble Valley.
Betfair spokesperson Barry Norr said to the media: “It’s no surprise Epatante heads the betting at 4-7 and she’s sure to be a very warm order with punters. Sceau Royal is looking to give his owners a famous double following Bristol de Mai winning the Betfair Chase and he’s 5-1 second favorite.”
The Ladbrokes Trophy could now be looked at in a different light after the stunning scene that took place at the Newbury’s winter chase on Saturday, with online casino australia covering odds for the whole event.
The Conditional, who was last season’s runner-up was handed a 7-1 favorite just a little bit ahead of Aye Right and Black Op, while Copperhead, Kildisart, Sam Brown, Two For Gold, Vindication were given a single figure odds for the renowned Grade Three event.