Unibet Irish Gold Cup
|Grade 1, Leopardstown 15:35
3m, Class 1
|Sunday 2nd February 2020|
1 Delta Work 5/2
2 Kemboy 5/4F
3 Presenting Percy 100/30
8 ran NR: Chris's Dream Distances: 1½l, 3¼l, 4¾l
Time: 6m 26.60s (slow by 44.60s)
Jack Kennedy was content to keep the Gigginstown House Stud-owned Delta Work just off the pace until he crept into it, with Davy Russell making a similar move on Presenting Percy.
Those three staged a battle royal, with Kemboy leading at the second-last fence. There was all to play for at the last, but Delta Work soon had the upper hand and went on to prevail by a length and a half from Kemboy.
Presenting Percy was three and a quarter lengths back in third.
Elliott said: “The last couple of seasons he’s improved with races. We missed here last year and went straight to Cheltenham, which might not have been ideal.
“It’s great for Jack who is a young lad only coming back after a few injuries and he has nerves of steel.
“The one thing we have learned about this horse is to put him to sleep and get him popping away. It’s all systems go now for Cheltenham. Our horse is improving the whole time and we can dream about a Gold Cup now.”
Eddie O’Leary, racing manager for owners Gigginstown House Stud, said: “This has been a lucky race for us. This horse needs racing and improves from race to race. He wears a hood, but he’s settling better now. He jumped well and Jack gave him a super ride.
“In fairness to Leopardstown they have done a superb job with the ground today. We were very impressed with the chase track.”
Unibet Irish Gold Cup (Grade 1)
3m, Race Value: €250,000
1 Delta Work 7 11-10 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy 5/2
2 1½ Kemboy 8 11-10 W P Mullins Paul Townend 5/4F
3 3¼ Presenting Percy 9 11-10 Patrick G Kelly Davy Russell 100/30
4 4¾ Jett 9 11-10 Mrs John Harrington Rachael Blackmore 40/1
5 4 La Bague Au Roi 9 11-3 Warren Greatrex Mark Walsh 14/1
6 47 Bellshill 10 11-10 W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 14/1
7 34 Cadmium 8 11-10 W P Mullins Danny Mullins 33/1
8 nk Anibale Fly 10 11-10 A J Martin Barry Geraghty 25/1
NR 4 Chris's Dream 8 11-10 Henry De Bromhead NON RUNNER