Jonjo O'Neill says Cloth Cap will not be heading to Kempton over the festive period
Jonjo O'Neill says Cloth Cap will not be heading to Kempton over the festive period

Trainer Jonjo O'Neill has confirmed Cloth Cap will not be heading to Kempton for next month's King George VI Chase, despite his positive showing at Newbury on Saturday. 

Cloth Cap was under a hefty 11st 8lb for last weekend's Ladbrokes Trophy Chase, but remained prominent for the majority of the three-and-a-quarter-mile Grade Three handicap before fading under the guide of jockey Tom Scudamore as they turned for home. 

The nine-year-old had to make do with a respectable sixth in the race eventually won by the Venetia Williams-trained Cloudy Glen.

But Jackdaws Castle handler O'Neill has confirmed he is in no rush to outline Cloth Cap's next port of call, although he has ruled the son of Beneficial out of the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day. 

He said: "Cloth Cap is grand, thank God. He ran grand.

"He won't go for the King George — he is out of that. I don't know yet what the plans are. We'll see how he goes. He ran a cracker." 

O'Neill says there are no immediate plans for Soaring Glory after his poor showing at Newbury
O'Neill says there are no immediate plans for Soaring Glory after his poor showing at Newbury

It was not the best of weekends for O'Neill and his yard, as Soaring Glory, who was the odds-on favourite to win the Listed Ladbrokes Committed To Safer Gambling Intermediate Hurdle at Newbury, finished last of four runners. 

Expectations had been high after Soaring Glory had won a similar race, the Bateaux London Handicap Hurdle, at Ascot in October, with O'Neill admitting he was at a loss as to why the six-year-old had underperformed this time around. 

Like Cloth Cap, there are no definitive plans in place for where Soaring Glory will be heading next, but O'Neill is hopeful the son of Fame And Glory will be able to prove his worth on his next run.

He added: "Soaring Glory is fine. Of course you'd be disappointed with that. 

"There are no plans at the minute, to be honest. We'll wait and see how he is, but he is absolutely fine,

"If you say he is better than that, let him go and prove it!"

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