Hennessy Gold Cup
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Grade 3 Handicap, Newbury
£175,000 added,
4yo plus,
3m 2f 110y, Class 1
Saturday 29th November 2014

Oct 21 Rebecca Curtis has confirmed the Hennessy Gold Cup as the likely next objective for The Romford Pele following his successful return to action at Cheltenham on October 17.

The Romford Pele
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The Romford Pele
The seven-year-old ran a number of creditable races in defeat last season over fences behind the likes of Balder Succes, Taquin Du Seuil and Wonderful Charm, but as he failed to get his head in front, he remains a novice for the current campaign.

Having been kept on the go, he won at both Worcester and Uttoxeter in June and completed his hat-trick after a near three-month break at Prestbury Park on Friday.

Jockey Barry Geraghty has encouraged the trainer to head to Newbury on November 29.

Curtis said: "I think we're looking towards the Hennessy. I spoke to Barry about it and he thinks it would be good idea.

"It's a race novices have done well in in the past and having run over fences all last season, he should have enough experience for a big handicap like that now.

"We were delighted with him the other day and he seems to be improving all the time, so we'll give the Hennessy a go and see how we get on."

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Oct 08 Willie Mullins’ Djakadam was two from two over the larger obstacles before he lined up in the JLT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He was going well before falling four out, tarnishing his unbeaten record.

He previously had subsequent duel Graded winner Bright New Dawn behind him in the Killiney Novices’ Chase in January and will surely pick up some big prizes over the course of the season.

The Hennessey Gold Cup could be the starting point this season, with the King George likely to be the main target, with the five-year-old a 33/1 shot for glory on Boxing Day.

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The Hennessy Gold Cup is "one of five or six options" under discussion for Bobs Worth.

Bobs Worth
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Bobs Worth
Nicky Henderson's nine-year-old won Newbury's big prize two years ago and could be back for another go on November 29.

Bobs Worth lost his Cheltenham Gold Cup crown in March, when fifth in an eventful renewal of the great race, with his campaign this winter again geared towards the Festival.

Malcolm Kimmins, head of the Not Afraid Partnership that owns the efficient chaser, said: "He's had a good summer and is going along nicely.

"Everything is up in the air at this stage as it is all weather dependent.

"You don't push a horse like Bobs Worth, he will tell you when he's ready.

"There are five or six options that need to be examined carefully, and that (Hennessy) is one of them.

"It would be fantastic to run him in that, but he would have top weight and the ground would need to be right, so it's a big call.

"Either way, the whole objective is to form the correct programme that leads back to Cheltenham next March."

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