Hennessy honours can go to The Young Master
Despite the absence of Coneygree it looks a decent if not classic renewal of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury this afternoon.
Saphir Du Reu is a worthy favourite who would be a serious Cheltenham Gold Cup contender if winning this under 11st 12.
Smad Place has threatened to win this before and can’t be easily discounted. Bobs Worth won a strangely run hurdle race at Aintree and this previous winner is thrown in if back to his best.
Neil Mulholland is the new kid on the block compared with the trainers of the above but has a great chance of glory with The Young Master and The Druids Nephew.
The Druids Nephew – photo- JuebillRacing
The latter might well have won the Grand National but for a soft fall 5 out having previously won impressively at the Festival. The Young Master improved throughout last season and will be straighter for his second to today’s favourite at Carlisle. I will be backing both each way with slight preference for The Young Master.
Aloomomo can take the 1.15 as he seems to be on a steep upward curve and the longer trip should hold no fears.
Cole Harden is a favourite of my with his gutsy come and catch me style and is not one I would want to oppose despite this being his seasonal debut.
Sir Ivan can continue the good form of the Fry/Fehily combo in the 1.50.
Readers of this blog will know I’m a big fan of Sue Smith’s Wakanda and this improving and genuine type looks the answer to the Rehearsal. Chase at Newcastle.
The Fighting Fifth has got rather squeezed out in the hurdling calendar and I advise only a watching brief.
Slightly disappointing on his hurdling debut Another Bill can win the 1.00 at Newcastle over this longer trip though both Ballydine and Calvigny look dangerous.