by Jack Milner at BetVictor THE Hennessy Gold Cup is one of the highlights of the national hunt season and I, for one, will never forget watching Denman’s two wins in 2007 and 2009. They were amazing moments in this wonderful sport. Bobs Worth is the class horse in this weekend’s field and is the favourite after stamping his authority over First Lieutenant in March’s RSA Chase.
He is entitled to progress stepped up in trip. He looks well handicapped and has won at the course before, but the ground is a big worry.
A lot of horses will be using this as a stepping stone to other things, mainly the Welsh and English Grand Nationals, which throws up doubts around Frisco Depot, Tidal Bay, Roberto Goldback and Harry the Viking.
Hold On Julio and Fruity O’ Rooney both have progressive profiles but are unproven in the conditions and it may be a gamble to hope they handle the mud. The 2010 winner Diamond Harry runs for Nick Williams, alongside Alfie Spinner, but both look to be going the wrong way, and can be swiftly opposed.
Carruthers and Planet of Sound finished first and second last year but both follow a same suit and don’t have that progressive profile, something that THE PACKAGE clearly has in spades. He beat the well-respected Michel Le Bon in a very pleasing fashion last time out, and although a very precocious animal, if the nine year old turns up in the heart he showed at Cheltenham and Wincanton, he is a massive threat for the shrewdest of stables. Fruity O’ Rooney and Hold on Julio look booked for a place.
Bobs Worth, as long as he runs, won’t be given an overly hard race, with his main aim being the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, and can be overlooked at a skinny price. For the very latest Hennessy prices click here
1. The Package
2. Hold on Julio
3. Bobs Worth
4. Fruity O’ Rooney
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