Conditions are looking good for the expected star of Saturday’s Ladbrokes trophy as David Bridgwater’s Conditional is expected to hit
- David Bridgwater’s The Conditional is expected to star in the Ladbrokes Trophy
- The eight-year-old gelding made great strides in handicap hunting last season
- The Conditional can handle large fields and has experience with the location
David Bridgwater has stood above his weight throughout his training career and THE CONDITIONAL (Newbury, 3am) is hired to strike in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Trophy.
The Gloucestershire coach has some serious talent on his hands, judging by the progress his eight-year-old gelding made last season in some of the most competitive, enduring handicap chases.
Quietly backed at high prices to win a Cheltenham handicap last October, The Conditional bounced out of that race a month later to take an honorable second place at The Rasher Counter in an extension of Saturday’s feature film last year.
The Conditional could star in the Ladbrokes Trophy in Newbury on Saturday afternoon
The squad traveled as the best horse on that race, but narrowly managed to overhaul the winner, with a rare mistake on the final hurdle halting its momentum and challenge.
He went on to prove that performance was no fluke with another solid effort at the Classic Chase in Warwick, where he once again traveled vigorously but didn’t quite sustain the marathon trip in test conditions.
However, a setback in the journey and a return to Cheltenham worked in March as resident jockey Brendan Powell enjoyed an armchair ride aboard his improving partner when he landed a good winner from Kildisart in the Ultima Handicap Chase.
The horse’s trainer, David Bridgwater, celebrates victory at the Cheltenham Festival in March
Admittedly, there’s a chance that Bridgwater’s chaser isn’t at its peak this year.
However, this race has been the plan since that smooth victory at the festival and The Conditional is appealing given its ability to handle large fields and experience of the venue.