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  • 15:10 Hennessy Gold Cup Chase 3m 2f 110y

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £150,000 added 4yo+ 19 ran
  • Winner £85,425 2nd £32,055 3rd £16,050 4th £7,995
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Scheduled
  • Winning time: 6m 39.80s
  • Off time: 15:11:30

Bobs Worth won the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury for Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty

Last Updated: 01/12/12 4:15pm

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Bobs Worth: Brilliant winner of the Hennessy at Newbury

Bobs Worth: Brilliant winner of the Hennessy at Newbury

Bobs Worth ran out a brilliant winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup Chase at Newbury.

Barry Geraghty hugged the inside rail throughout aboard the RSA Chase winner as the horse that followed him home at the Festival, First Lieutenant, helped to force the early pace.

Mouse Morris' charge was still there two out but Bobs Worth moved passed him approaching the last with a loose horse for company.

Neither the obstacle nor the riderless horse posed any problems but Tidal Bay was looming large in Geragthy's wing-mirror but top-weight anchored the veteran who couldn't match Nicky Henderson's runner on the flat.

Paul Nicholls' charge finished three and a half lengths adrift with a further five back to the gallant First Lieutenant with The Package in fourth and Hold On Julio just getting the better of a bunch finish for fifth.

Geraghty, who bought the horse as a yearling, said: "He loves it, he really does. He's not overly big and you can't ask too much during the race. You just have to let him build and build.

"I was under the collar a lot of the way, but I knew going to the last I had plenty of horse. He was not far from the top there. He loves Cheltenham and he loves it round here."

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."

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