This weekend marks a very important point in the jump racing calendar when some of the best horses racing has to offer compete in the Hennessy Gold Cup, at Newbury racecourse on Saturday afternoon.
This years race takes on even more significance after Many Clouds’ triumph last year. The horse in question became the first horse to win both the Hennessy Gold Cup and the Grand National. The race holds prestige in the racing world, with eight victorious horses going on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, that alone shows just how important it is to do well in this race. And just looking at this year’s line up showcases some seasoned veterans such as Bobs Worth who see this race as a marker and cornerstone in their preparations for the two big races in 2016. So who are the horses to watch out for in this race? Who could cause an upset and build some momentum going into the New Year? Well, along with myself, there are only two other people who can give you some betting advice. Two men, well, a Fox and a Bear. That’s right, its the return of Michael “The Fox” Hedley-Ward and Gloucestershire’s own Douglas “The Bear” Bowen.
So without further adieu, ladies and gentlemen, the thoughts and tips of The Fox.
In terms of winning horses I really fancy The Druid’s Nephew. At a tasty 14s he is not lumbered with weight like some of the field and during the National earlier this year he looked good. He was travelling particularly well before unluckily unseating the rider at the 5th last. I prefer his chances to some of the favourites – especially Saphir De Rheu- who will be carrying top weight following the withdrawal of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree.
For my each way shot I am going to be hoping for two old timers to show the new breed a thing or two. My favourite horses to bet on in these big races are The Giant Bolster and the Morris stable star First Lieutenant. Both veterans can go very close at fairly big prices, especially the latter whose shrewd trainer doesn’t usually send his animals across the Irish sea for nothing. So don’t be surprised to see the Lieutenant roll back the years.
That’s all from me. The Bear doesn’t stand a chance, and don’t get me started on whatever Ryan chooses to tip. Shocker
Thanks Mike….I think. Let’s see what The Bear has to say.
Cheers mush! Well my plans have have been scuppered somewhat as I really did fancy Valseur Lido but he is no longer running. Therefore my attentions have turned to the 11/1 shot in Ned Stark. A horse who has promised so much on the big stage but hasn’t delivered as of yet. So a lot of your each way thought processes should be on him.
Regarding my winner there can only be one horse that catches my attention. Bobs Worth. A 12/1 winner for myself a couple of weekends ago (thank you Ryan by the way) he is a proven horse who oozes pedigree and quality. His price on the high street is currently 8/1 and that is a bargain right now. Depending on conditions and potential non-runners he could go off shorter, maybe even substantially shorter. Come on Bobs Worth and Nico de Boinville, bring it home for me!!!
I can guarantee that The Fox has gone for someone silly like First Lieutenant. Clueless.
As those two nitwits squabble amongst themselves allow me to lead you down the path of righteousness, I shall be your guiding light and I will point you in the right direction because I am the man to listen to If In Doubt. That’s right, I’m picking the Barry Geraghty rode 8/1 shot to take it home. Quite simply in a race like this you need a solid horse with a good jockey and hope they compete. With a high standard of race like this you can make a case for nearly every horse in the race to win it but I see If In Doubt as being the quiet one, slowly slipping under the radar and that is what I look for in a tip for a big race. This could be the start of something big if Barry can finish in the places.
In terms of an each way shout I am torn between two but I have decided to stick my neck right out there. The Young Master will go close, really close, but I am going for the 14/1 shot Houblon Des Obeaux. The horse who finished second last year could repeat history this weekend. Under the stewardship of Aidan Coleman I don’t see any reason as to why history can’t repeat itself come Saturday at 3pm.
And there we have it. An assessment of the 2015 Hennessy Gold Cup brought to you by the Beast, the Fox and the Bear. Hopefully you can pick a winner for yourselves (ideally mine come in as I will be rolling in the dough) and we will keep you updated going on to the New Year and the big time. As the Cheltenham festival is closer than you think.