Hollywoodien is well in the frame for a victory at Newbury this weekend

O’Maonlai, under Paddy Brennan, goes for glory in the 3.15pm William Hill High 5 Supporting Greatwoo

OMaonlai, under Paddy Brennan, goes for glory in the 3.15pm William Hill High 5 Supporting Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury this afternoon. - Credit: PA

Hollywoodien is in the frame to give his owners Sir Peter and Lady Gibbings a second victory in the William Hill Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday.

Isio carried their colours to glory in the first running of the race back in 2004 and the Tom Symonds-trained Hollywoodien holds sound claims of providing them with another win.

The six-year-old won at Wetherby on Boxing Day and was a fine third behind the classy Garde Le Victoire last time out.

“Hollywoodien has a couple of options this weekend and the race at Newbury was the first one on my mind. I would love to run him in it because the owners won the race back in 2004 and it would be quite nice to try to win it again,” said Symonds.

Dan Skelton’s Oldgrangewood is ante-post favourite for the Newbury feature off at 3.15pm. Brother Harry takes the ride on a six-year-old successful at Wetherby twice since Christmas.


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Vic De Touzain, Tom Scudamore riding for Venetia Williams, was a recent Wincanton second while top of the weights is the Paul Nicholls trained Vibrato Valtat under five-pound claimer Stan Sheppard, the grey gelding a runner-up in his last two outings.

At a bigger price, Tom George has Adrian Heskin in the saddle on O’Maonlai, pulled up in Haydock’s Peter Marsh chase having earlier won at Newbury in November.

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The Greatwood Gold Cup is the feature race on the card and one of three races shown live by ITV Racing from the Berkshire track.

Veteran horses compete in the 2.05pm chase in which last year’s winner, David Pipe’s Shotavodka, tries to repeat the feat under an additional three pounds.

No Duffer, pulled up at Kempton last time after a previous Doncaster victory, goes for Tom George while Charlie Longsdon runs Loose Chips, the 11-year-old second last time out at Sandown a month ago. The 2.40pm Greatwood Handicap Hurdle features a field of 12 with Bloody Mary under Nico de Boinville having a great chance of victory.

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