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Joncol back to his best

Joncol over his problems and in great form ahead of Sunday

Last Updated: 31/01/11 1:07pm

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Joncol in great form as he aims for back to back wins in the Hennessy Gold Cup.

Joncol in great form as he aims for back to back wins in the Hennessy Gold Cup.

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Paul Nolan believes Joncol is back in peak condition ahead of his bid to repeat last year's success in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Sunday.

The giant eight-year-old finished a creditable third in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, just as he did last season, and Nolan is hoping history will repeat itself this weekend.

"We've had no setbacks since the Lexus and fingers crossed things continue the way they're going," Nolan told At The Races.

"We're very happy with him at the moment and he's looking great. He'll have a good piece of work on Wednesday and that will be his final piece.

"He'll just do normal canters then up until the Hennessy.

"We had three or four months where we had a torrid time with him as he got a bit of an infection in his leg. It seemed very trivial to start off with but you couldn't believe the size his leg swelled up to.

"Hopefully that's sorted now and we're hoping that he'll be at his peak for the Hennessy.

"We're going to have to improve another 20lb for him to be a Gold Cup contender, but we're hoping that he's improved eight to 10 lengths from the Lexus to have a good chance in the Hennessy."

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