Coral Trophy tips and runner-by-runner guide to Saturday’s 3.37 at Kempton

A bumper field of 14 are set to run in the Grade 3 handicap chase.


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A total of 14 runners have been declared for Saturday’s lucrative Coral Trophy Handicap Chase at Kempton.


Rowland Meyrick winner Good Boy Bobby heads the weights off a mark of 150, Howden Silver Cup champ Annsam lurks in the middle of the pack for Evan Williams, while Five Star Getaway is the only course-and-distance winner after scoring here over the Christmas period. You’ll find Timeform’s guide to the runners and betting tips below.

Coral Trophy runners

Good Boy Bobby

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Age: 9 Weight: 11st 12lbs

As good as ever this season, scoring at Wetherby before just denied in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle. Quickly back to winning ways in Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby but mark looks high enough now.


Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Bryony Frost Age: 10 Weight: 11st 11lbs

Smart chaser who got back on track for new yard when third of 19 in Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on return. Disappointed there next time but still early days with this stable.

The Big Breakaway

Trainer: Colin Tizzard Jockey: Brendan Powell Age: 7 Weight: 11st 9lbs

Improved over fences last term, placed in Grade 1s over C&D/Cheltenham Festival. Things haven’t gone to plan in light campaign this time around but worth another chance. Tongue strap on.


Trainer: Paul Nicholls Jockey: Harry Cobden Age: 8 Weight: 11st 8lbs

Took well to fences last term, first past post in bet365 Chase at Sandown. Shaping well before falling in Ladbrokes Trophy on return and excuses at Cheltenham since. Headgear on. Not taken lightly.

Phoenix Way

Trainer: Harry Fry Jockey: K. Brogan Age: 9 Weight: 11st 8lbs

Fragile but talented sort who confirmed Ascot promise when winning class 2 handicap there 5 weeks ago with a bit in hand. 6 lb higher now but remains unexposed for his age.


Trainer: Philip Hobbs Jockey: Tom O’Brien Age: 8 Weight: 11st 7lbs

Very useful chaser who has posted 3 solid efforts this term, 2l second to Coole Cody in Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham in December. Needs to shrug off a poor effort there on New Year’s Day, however.


Trainer: Evan Williams Jockey: Adam Wedge Age: 7 Weight: 11st 2lbs

Improved further over fences last term despite some iffy jumping. Returned in form over the smaller obstacles before resuming winning ways in Silver Cup Chase at Ascot, jumping better. More to come.



Kitty’s Light

Trainer: Christian Williams Jockey: Brian Hughes Age: 6 Weight: 11st 2lbs

Scored 4 times in fine first campaign over fences and taken form up another notch this term, second in Charlie Hall at Wetherby. 3m around here not really his thing judged on last 2 starts, however.

Our Power

Trainer: Sam Thomas Jockey: Charlie Deutsch Age: 7 Weight: 10st 12lbs

Has taken well to fences, and made it 2-4 in 20f Huntingdon handicap 6 weeks ago despite idling markedly in front. This more competitive but weighted to go close again nudged up just 2 lb. Up in trip.

Five Star Getaway

Trainer: Christian Williams Jockey: Nick Scholfield Age: 8 Weight: 10st 10lbs

Ex-pointer who progressed rapidly upon going chasing last term, easily winning 3 handicaps. Put a rusty return behind him when scoring over C&D. Shaped as if still in form at Sandown since. Player.

Galahad Quest

Trainer: Nick Williams Jockey: David Noonan Age: 6 Weight: 10st 9lbs

Opened account over fences at Haydock (20f) on final start last term and has returned in good nick, again running up to best when second in Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham. Step up in trip could suit.


Trainer: Gary Moore Jockey: Jamie Moore Age: 7 Weight: 10st 9lbs

Immediately took a step forward for the switch to chasing when scoring at Lingfield on return. Improved a chunk when resuming winning ways there 5 weeks ago and may have more to offer.


Trainer: Dan Skelton Jockey: Harry Skelton Age: 9 Weight: 10st 6lbs

Consistent rather than progressive form over fences and still seeking first win in this sphere (often weak finisher). This track looks more suitable but others still preferred.

Cap Du Nord

Trainer: Christian Williams Jockey: Jack Tudor Age: 9 Weight: 10st 3lbs

Form hit new heights last term, successful at Newbury plus some good efforts in defeat. Yet to get going this seaon but step back in right direction when third in Sky Bet at Doncaster. On a good mark.

Coral Trophy tips

Matt Chapman: FIVESTARGETAWAY must at least have each-way claims for Christian Williams and smiley Nick Schofield. A fine winner at this track two runs ago off just 4lb lower, my hope has since been to Sandown and run another fine race in defeat in third. suggesting he remains in good shape. I can’t see any reason why he won’t go well once again.

Mick Fitzgerald: CAP DU NORD loves this ground and ran a hell of a race when chasing home Royal Pagaille at the track. He was fifth in this race last year off a 15lb higher mark. He has to be of interest back down to a good mark.

Timeform: CAP DU NORD took a step back in the right direction when third in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster and is well handicapped on last season’s form, so could be worth chancing in what looks another highly-competitive renewal. The Big Breakaway was runner-up in the Kauto Star over C&D last term and is on a fair mark back in a handicap, so is another to consider along with the in-form Phoenix Way.

Ruby Walsh: I fancy PHOENIX WAY for Harry Fry. The step up in trip will suit him and he didn’t go up that much after beating Fanion D’Estruval at Ascot last time out. Fanion D’Estruval franked that form last weekend too. I thought Phoenix Way would go up more so he’ll do me!



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