If the Cloth Cap fits: Grand National contender impresses on prep-run *H&H Plus*

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  • Trevor Hemmings is bidding to win a fourth Grand National with a horse named after his trademark headwear

    In the week Tiger Roll, the 2018 and 2019 Randox Health Grand National winner was taken out of the race as his owner, Michael O’Leary, felt he had been given too much weight in the handicap, it is not beyond the bounds of possibility we saw his successor in action at Kelso on Saturday.

    The previous time we had seen the Jonjo O’Neill-trained, Trevor Hemmings-owned Cloth Cap, he ran away with the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury. And as National trials go, his performance in the bet365 Premier Chase at the Borders track was almost faultless. Leading pretty much from start to finish, the nine-year-old son of Beneficial had his rivals in trouble a long way out, and extended away in the manner of a horse in great form from the last to beat Aso by 7½ lengths.

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