Racing: Barton finds favourite spot

Barton Bank has been installed the 6-1 favourite in Ladbrokes' opening book on the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury a fortnight on Saturday.

David Nicholson's 11-year-old, who is due to carry top-weight of 11st 13lb in the Hennessy, is two points shorter than Francois Doumen's Djeddah and Venetia Williams' Celtic Abbey, who share second favouritism at 8- 1.

HENNESSY GOLD CUP: Ladbrokes: 6-1 Barton Bank, 8-1 Djeddah & Celtic Abbey, 9-1 Coome Hill & Time For A Run, 10-1 Eudipe, 12-1 Suny Bay & Belmont King, 14-1 Trying Again, Flyer's Nap, General Wolfe & Inchcailloch, 16- 1 Go Ballistic, Banjo, Yorkshire Gale, Harwell Lad, Indian Tracker, Baronet & Colonel In Chief, 20-1 bar.