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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
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 28.20s
  • Off time: 15:03:05

Full result

15:00 Newbury Result 30th November 2013
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Triolo D'alene (FR) 11-1 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 6 20/1
Held up rear of mid-division, tracked leaders and travelling well from 10th, led 3 out, strongly pressed when hit last, soon joined, stayed on strongly under pressure to assert final 150 yards opened 16/1 touched 20/1
2nd Rocky Creek (IRE) 11-5 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 7 8/1
In touch, headway to chase leaders before 16th, challenged, went 2nd and every chance 3 out, chased winner, every chance as winner hit last, upsides flat, no extra and held final 150 yards opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £8000-£1000 £2700-£300
3rd Theatre Guide (IRE) 10-13 J Tizzard C L Tizzard 6 33/1
Held up towards rear, steady headway 16th, went 3rd approaching 2 out, edged left approaching last, hung left and kept on same pace flat opened 33/1 touched 33/1
4th 9 Highland Lodge (IRE) 10-11 L Aspell Miss E C Lavelle 7 6/1
Led until 5th, pressed leader, led again 10th until 4 out, chased leader until next, driven and no extra in 4th approaching next opened 8/1 touched 8/1
5th Merry King (IRE) 10-8 R P Mclernon Jonjo O'Neill 6 12/1
Held up towards rear of mid-division, keeping on when blundered 2 out, hung badly left soon after, plugged on to modest 5th flat opened 10/1 touched 12/1
6th s.h Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 11-8 L Treadwell Miss V Williams 6 25/1
Held up towards rear, pushed along and struggling before 4 out, stayed on under pressure flat, not reach leaders opened 20/1 touched 25/1
7th Our Father (IRE) 11-1 C O'Farrell D Pipe 7 11/2f
Held up towards rear, pushed along in mid-division before 4 out, plugged on under pressure flat but never going pace to get involved opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £2400-£300
8th Lord Windermere (IRE) 11-8 D C Costello J H Culloty 7 7/1
Towards rear, mistake 3rd, steady headway 12th, badly hampered 14th, pushed along in mid-division before 4 out, modest 6th 2 out, weakened from last opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £4000-£500
9th nk Terminal (FR) 10-12 T Scudamore W P Mullins 6 33/1
Towards rear, badly hampered 14th, kept on under pressure flat, never involved opened 33/1 touched 33/1
10th ½ Same Difference (IRE) 11-1 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 7 33/1
Held up towards rear, in mid-division 11th, blundered 15th, no progress after opened 33/1 touched 33/1
11th Invictus (IRE) 10-13 R Thornton A King 7 8/1
Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders travelling well 14th, ridden in well held 5th before last, weakened and eased flat opened 8/1 touched 8/1
12th Cloudy Too (IRE) 11-4 R Johnson Mrs S J Smith 7 20/1
Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 10th, hit 15th, went 2nd after 17th, led 4 out, mistake and headed 3 out, weakened quickly next opened 20/1 touched 22/1
13th Prince De Beauchene (FR) 11-9 R Walsh W P Mullins 10 16/1
Held up in touch in mid-division, headway to chase leaders 11th, ridden and weakened soon after 3 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
14th 8 Loch Ba (IRE) 10-1 D Elsworth M R Channon 7 16/1
Always towards rear, never a factor opened 16/1 touched 20/1
15th 36 Whodoyouthink (IRE) 10-0 P F Mangan (3) O McKiernan 8 100/1
Chased leaders until lost place approaching 8th, tailed off from 12th opened 100/1 touched 100/1
16th 7 Cape Tribulation 11-12 Jack Doyle J M Jefferson 9 50/1
Slightly hampered 14th, pushed along and struggling after 16th, always towards rear, opened 50/1 touched 50/1
PU Imperial Commander (IRE) 11-7 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 12 20/1
Pressed leader, led 5th until 10th, chased leader until weakened quickly 17th, immediately pulled up opened 20/1 touched 20/1
PU Super Duty (IRE) 11-2 J M Maguire D McCain Jnr 7 14/1
In touch, blundered 5th, reminders and lost place 9th, tailed off when hampered 14th, pulled up before 17th opened 14/1 touched 14/1
F Katenko (FR) 11-11 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 7 20/1
Chasing leaders when fell 14th opened 16/1 touched 20/1
F Opening Batsman (IRE) 11-0 N Fehily H Fry 7 25/1
Towards rear, fell 5th opened 25/1 touched 33/1
UR Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 11-0 Nico de Boinville (5) N J Henderson 6 12/1
Chased leaders, mistake and unseated rider 5th opened 12/1 touched 12/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £26.30 Tote Place: £5.10,2.80,7.20,2.80
Straight Forecast: £170.65 Exacta: £287.40 Trifecta: £8,676.40 Swingers: 1&2:31.30 2&3:77.10 1&3:249.70

Jackpot: £8,334.75 carried forward to Leicester, 1st Dec
Placepot: £3,628.70, Pool: £202316.98, 40.7 winning tickets
Quadpot: £220.00, Pool: £21137.45, 71.09 winning tickets

Verdict

Nicky Henderson has now won back-to-back renewals of this historic handicap but it is highly unlikely that TRIOLO D'ALENE will emulate Bobs Worth in going on to win the Gold Cup. The choice of Barry Geraghty, the six year old was well backed for last year's Paddy Power but disappointed there before recapturing his form to win the Topham before following up in a Huntingdon handicap prompting Geraghty to remark that 'this wasn't a Hennessy'. Rated 15lbs higher than for the first of those wins and with an encouraging run at Ascot under his belt, he joined issue with Rocky Creek travelling incredibly well and had more than enough in the locker to quicken away from his rival despite not meeting the last quite right. He will probably face a rise of at least 10lbs for this but has relatively few miles on the clock and should remain competitive. Having already won over the National fences a return to Aintree would appear the obvious objective while it must be in the back of connections' minds that he has run poorly on both visits to Cheltenham. Paul Nicholls had made no secret that this had been Rocky Creek's target for some time and it was a well executed plan, albeit one that didn't quite come off. The ground was faster than some pundits thought would be ideal but he jumped beautifully having been prominent throughout but just bumped into a better one on the day. He will face the inevitable rise in the handicap but this was only his ninth start under Rules so he may well be able to cope. His owners reported that the Grand National is his principal target and that he could take the Welsh in on the way and he certainly looks a good fit for the former as all he does is stay. Chepstow is also likely to be next for Highland Lodge who was outpaced by the principals but kept on well; connections may well fancy their chances of reversing the placings on the revised terms. Theatre Guide was an uncertain stayer but ran a huge race to help continue the fine spell being enjoyed by the Tizzards. A rise of 4 or 5lbs seems likely but this opens up many more options for the six year old who may, conceivably, just be coming to himself. He hasn't always held his form in the past, however, and it will be interesting to see if he can back this run up. Merry King stayed on well for pressure from an unpromising position in the straight; he, too, is only six and can win more races. He was closely matched with Houblon Des Obeaux on their running at Ascot and the pair appeared to run to form here. There was a plunge on Our Father who has shown his best form when fresh but he was rather on and off the bridle and, in the circumstances, did well to finish as close as he did. That offers a glimmer of hope for the future but he is clearly not easy to train. Lord Windermere wasn't helped by being hampered by the fall of Katenko when still moving with purpose and he is well worth another chance to prove this form wrong. Invictus failed to live up to his position in the market although he did enough to believe that all is not lost on this first run in well over 600 days but it was a shade disappointing to see Prince De Beauchene drop away so tamely.