Ascot Saturday Preview: What The Trainers Say

Fergal O’Brien is looking forward to saddling his trio of

Bonttay, Lassue and

Leading Theatre in the

Stirrups Restaurant And Cocktail Bar Evesham Mares’ Open National Hunt Flat Race.

“Bonttay is a lovely mare. She came over from Ireland last year and won first time out,” he said. “We went to Cheltenham last month to see if she handled the track and she really surprised us how well she did. We’re looking forward to her running. Leading Theatre did really well for us in two Worcester bumpers. The second one was arguably more impressive than her first one and she goes there with a great chance. We like her.

“Lassue won an English point-to-point and she’s definitely one for the future. She’s a big, galloping type. We have to start somewhere and this is as good a place as any.”

It could be a strong contest with 14 of the 19 horses declared having won a race already.

Local trainer O’Brien is doubly-represented with

Valentino Dancer and

Onagatheringstorm in the

Listed Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle.

“Valentino Dancer has had a long old summer. Hopefully he has a good run and the owners have a nice day out,” O’Brien added. “Onagatheringstorm ran really well there the last day. I’m delighted with him. He won two for us at the backend of last season. He’s a lovely horse, a big chaser in the making and everything does now is a bonus.”

The Skelton stable also have two runners in Proschema and Shannon Bridge, while Grade One-winning novice chaser Sporting John heads the weights.

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