Chipping Norton trainer Charlie Longsdon believes the prospect of testing conditions shouldn’t hinder Frisco Depot in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday.
The eight-year-old, a 10-1 chance, was in the process of running a big race in the United House Gold Cup at Ascot earlier this month when falling at what is normally the third-last fence.
Sam Waley-Cohen, son of part-owner Robert, who lives at Edgehill, near Banbury, will again be aboard this weekend.
And Longsdon, who struck with Loose Chips at Kempton yesterday, said: “He will probably do 2lb over weight on the day and I think we will put a stronger bit in his mouth because he was a bit keen last time.
“I don’t think the ground will be a problem as all his runs in Ireland were on heavy ground.”
Carruthers, from Mark Bradstock’s Letcombe Bassett stables, near Wantage, is set to defend his crown after appearing among the 22 entries at the five-day stage.
Hennessy Gold Cup (Ladbrokes odds): 7-2 Bobs Worth, 6-1 The Package, 7-1 Hold On Julio, 8-1 Tidal Bay, 10-1 Frisco Depot, 12-1 First Lieutenant, Saint Are, 14-1 Magnaminity, 16-1 others.