Patrick needs soft ground for Ladbrokes Trophy

Thomas Patrick (centre) is being targeted at the Ladbrokes Trophy as long as conditions suit

Thomas Patrick will head to the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on December 1 – as long as the ground is soft.

Trainer Tom Lacey would like to run the six-year-old in the prestigious staying handicap chase, formerly known as the Hennessy – but his appearance will be determined by conditions.

Thomas Patrick, who currently has 10st 9lb to carry, is 8-1 second-favourite in the ante-post betting behind market leader Elegant Escape.

Lacey described the six-year-old’s performance in running that horse to half a length in the Future Stars Intermediate Chase at Sandown on Sunday as a “career best”.

“He’s come out of the race very well,” said the Herefordshire handler.

“He’ll probably go for the Ladbrokes. But we’ll have to have soft ground – and it’s a pretty dry forecast.

“He ran a super race at Sandown, certainly a career best.”