HENNESSY GOLD CUP CHASE (HANDICAP) GRADE 3 (CLASS 1) CH4
Soft 3m2f110y Number of runners: 19
Tremendous performer over hurdles and fences. He will handle the ground but faces a stiff task off his highest ever handicap mark. Won the Whitbread last season, but showed he retains speed winning the John Smith hurdle at Wetherby in October.
Made a tremendous start to his UK career when bolting up at Ascot. 12lb higher and needs to improve further. Career wins on good through to heavy.
Unbeaten at Cheltenham but won here at the start of last season. Bobs Worth faces a large field for the first time over fences and is just an average size for a chaser. Nevertheless, he is sure to improve further and stable won race with a similar type in 2005.
Loves Cheltenham. Won the 2011 Neptune hurdle and second in the 2012 RSA chase. Thought best going left-handed and 1lb pull with Bobs Worth for two and half-length beating in the RSA. Has won on good through to heavy and showed promise on both outings this season.
Winner of three of his five chases under rules and possesses an improving profile. Excellent return at Cheltenham in October and aimed at this since then. Claims if handling the ground.
Won a Grade Two chase and the Irish National last season. 12lb higher and needs to improve again.
Ran on gamely to win last season’s renewal off a 2lb higher mark. Handles heavy ground but needs to show an improvement on recent form.
Returned to his best at Wincanton. The race did however fall apart and he is now on his highest handicap mark. Stays this trip and won on good through too soft. Course winner.
Improving sort that won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in March. Will handle the ground but may need further these days.
Will handle the ground and distance; perhaps best in a slightly lower grade.
Grade One winning hurdler and returned to form at Aintree in a decent handicap chase in April. Sure to improve further this season and claims if handling the ground.
12lb better off with Roberta Goldback on Ascot form. May have need that run but is another whose best form has come on better ground.
Disappointing recent form but is now 13lb lower than his best handicap rating. Course form 1,1,1,3,1,1; Soft 4-4; Heavy 1,1,3; Reported close his best before Wincanton (Only run right-handed in career).
Decent horse on his day but has struggled since returning from injury. Well-handicapped and showed promise last time out over an inadequate distance. Goes well on soft to heavy.
Disappointed at Cheltenham and may need a stiffer test of stamina these days. Appears best on good or good to soft.
Decent performer on his day and a course winner. Possibly at his best on good or good to soft.
Going well when falling at the third last in Roberta Goldback’s race at Ascot. 14lb turn around in weight and cannot be dismissed.
Joined his current trainer after his run in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in March. Possibly short on experience for a race such as this.
Ran on well at Ascot behind Roberta Goldback. Two-furlongs further to run and handles soft/heavy ground. On a far handicap mark and a course winner.