Tom Symonds eyeing Greatwood Gold for Hollywoodien

Tue 28 Feb 2017

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.

"He is also in a two-mile handicap chase at Doncaster and a lot will depend on the ground. Good to soft would be fine, but we wouldn't want it any softer.

"I think he will handle any going, but he jumps so much better when he can ping off the better ground. He can get a bit low over fences and his jumping is much better on a quicker surface.

"He can take advantage of lesser opposition over two miles but I think he struggles over that distance in the top races, like at Sandown last time, because he is not the fastest. He has run well over a longer trip and I think the track at Newbury will suit him."

Dan Skelton's Oldgrangewood is ante-post favourite for the Newbury feature.

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