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  • 15:00 Hennessy Gold Cup Chase 3m 2f 110y

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £175,000 added 4yo+ 21 ran
  • Winner £99,662 2nd £37,398 3rd £18,725 4th £9,328
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Winning time: 6m 28.20s
  • Off time: 15:03:05

Triolo the toast of Newbury

Last Updated: 30/11/13 3:35pm

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Triolo d'Alene: Landed the Hennessy

Triolo d'Alene: Landed the Hennessy

Triolo d'Alene survived a blunder at the final fence to land the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday afternoon to give trainer Nicky Henderson his second winner of the race in as many years following Bob's Worth's victory twelve months ago.

Barry Geraghty was always travelling smoothly on the son of Epalo and he jumped to the lead when challenged by Rocky Creek and Theatre Guide two fences from home.

There was little in it coming to the final fence and Geraghty had to sit tight as his mount ploughed through it but the pair regained their composure to gallop clear of the Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old and record a two and three quarter length victory.

Geraghty said: "He was great. I had a brilliant ride off him in the Topham and he was brilliant today.

"He's a great attitude. On that ground and on a stiff track, he finds it so easy."

The six-year-old won the Topham Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree last season and Sky Bet make Triolo d'Alene a 25/1 shot for the 2014 running of the Crabbie's Grand National.

"Although Triolo d'Alene's victory in the Hennessy Gold Cup will have done his handicap mark no good, his experience of the big Aintree fences will stand him in good stead should connections decide to have a crack at the Grand National next year," said Sky Bet spokesman Michael Shinners.

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