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Bobs Worth Classy in Hennessy Gold Cup

1 Bobs Worth 4/1F
2 Tidal Bay 8/1
3 First Lieutenant 12/1
4 The Package 8/1
19 ran Distances: 3¼l, 5l, 6l
TIME 6m 37.24s (slow by 6.24s)

Bobs Worth proved that he is the real deal with a convincing victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

Bobs Worth
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Bobs Worth

Last season's RSA Chase hero was giving trainer Nicky Henderson his second success in the race and jockey Barry Geraghty his first.

Leading at the final fence in an incident-packed race, the 4-1 shot strode away to score from Tidal Bay, with gallant Irish raider First Lieutenant third and The Package fourth.

Henderson said: "It wasn't until I looked at him three nights ago at evening stables that I thought he was ready, it was like a rose coming out to bloom. He was always thought to be the classiest horse in the race and in a way he had to win it, but I am mighty glad that he has.

"He is so tough and he's owned by a bunch of my oldest mates, so this is for them more than anything.

"From now on it's a matter of plotting a gentle path to Cheltenham (for the Gold Cup). I don't think Kempton is his track, it's a matter of how we get there. One run would do me to be honest with you."

Paul Nicholls said of Tidal Bay: "He ran a great race and if Bobs Worth is going to be a Gold Cup horse he probably had to beat us like that.

"He's been beaten three lengths under a huge weight and we will go to the Lexus now."

Mouse Morris, trainer of First Lieutenant, said: "He's run a cracker, he's a spring horse and would have preferred better ground but I'm not using that as an excuse. He'll go for the Lexus."


Hennessy Gold Cup Chase (Grade 3 Handicap)
£150,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m 2f 110y, Class 1
19 ran
Going: Good to soft

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Bobs Worth
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 6lbs
4 - 1
Tidal Bay
P F Nicholls
R Walsh
11st 12lbs
8 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
First Lieutenant
M F Morris
B J Cooper
11st 5lbs
12 - 1
5 lengths
The Package
D Pipe
T Scudamore
10st 7lbs
8 - 1
6 lengths
Hold On Julio
A King
R Thornton
10st 8lbs
8 - 1
12 lengths
Miss R Curtis
A P McCoy
10st 6lbs
12 - 1
1/2 length
Fruity O'Rooney
G L Moore
J E Moore
10st 5lbs
33 - 1
5 lengths
J Hughes
M D Grant
10st 0lbs
20 - 1
3/4 length
Harry The Viking
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
10st 2lbs
16 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
Ikorodu Road
M Sheppard
A P Cawley
10st 1lbs
50 - 1
31 lengths
Duke Of Lucca
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
10st 4lbs
14 - 1
6 lengths
D T Hughes
M A Enright
10st 3lbs
16 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
M Bradstock
Matthew Batchelor
10st 7lbs
33 - 1
30 lengths
Roberto Goldback
N J Henderson
Jeremiah McGrath
11st 8lbs
33 - 1
Lion Na Bearnai
T Gibney
A P Thornton
10st 8lbs
40 - 1
Saint Are
Tim Vaughan
D C Costello
10st 5lbs
25 - 1
Diamond Harry
Nick Williams
Nick Scholfield
10st 3lbs
14 - 1
Frisco Depot
C E Longsdon
Mr S Waley-Cohen
10st 1lbs
10 - 1
Alfie Spinner
Nick Williams
M J Quinlan
10st 0lbs
25 - 1
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