Aon bolstered by five

Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Kauto Star heads a list of 12 possibles for Saturday’s Aon Chase at Newbury.

Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Kauto Star heads a list of 12 possibles for Saturday’s Aon Chase at Newbury.

The three-mile event was reopened until 9.30am after just seven entries were made at the initial stage.

Paul Nicholls has three entries in Kauto Star, Royal Auclair and Denman, although he is due to run in a novice chase on the same card instead.

French raider L’Ami, fourth in the Gold Cup last year, has been entered by Francois Doumen while James Fanshawe’s Reveillez, the Henry Daly-trained Billyvoddan and Korelo, who could have his first start for new handler Steve Gollings, were also among the original seven.

David Pipe has added both Tamarinbleu and Tango Royal at the reopened stage and Nicholls has added a fourth string to his bow in Sleeping Night.

Fundamentalist is an addition from Nigel Twiston-Davies’ yard while Mark Bradstock’s King Harald, off the track since unseating his rider at Southwell in January 2006, is a fascinating contender.

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