Mullins To Dominate on Hennessy Gold Cup Day

Trainer Willie Mullins looks set to dominate the quality card on Hennessy Gold Cup Day at Leopardstown

With four Grade One prizes on offer at Leopardstown today Willie Mullins heads to the track with a strong team. Eyes will be watching closely this afternoon as there will be Cheltenham Festival 2015 clues aplenty.

The first race on the card is the Grade One Spring Juvenile Hurdle (1.15), where the highly regarded Kalkir will be expected to get back to winning ways for the Mullins camp. The likely favourite is fancied for the Triumph in March but will have to get the better of Elliott’s exciting juvenile Vercingetorix. The Elliott horse is another of the Simon Munir team who look Cheltenham Festival bound.

In the Deloitte Novice Hurdle (2.15) the classy flat performer Nichols Canyon can return to the winners circle. The danger to the Mullins hurdler is his stablemate the unexposed grey Alvisio Ville who may just provide the retiring Champion Jockey AP McCoy with another winner.

Valseur Lido will be the favourite for the Flogas Novice Chase (2.45) and is many punters idea of the JLT Novice victor at the Festival. In what looks an open contest The Tullow Tank could be worth a second look at each way prices.

The feature of the card, the Hennessy Gold Cup, will provide key pointers to the Gold Cup. Boston Bob and On His Own run for Mullins but may be exposed to the improving Foxrock today. The better ground will also suit the 2014 Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere too.

Crockford’s Hennessy Gold Cup Day Gambles:

Spring Juvenile Hurdle (1.15) – Kalkir

Deloitte Novice Hurdle (2.15) – Nichols Canyon

Flogas Novice Chase (2.45) –  The Tullow Tank e/w

Hennessy Gold Cup (3.50) – Boston Bob and First Lieutenant e/w

 

(Featured Photograph – Boston Bob at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)

 

 

Hennessy Gold For Hobbs With Fingal Bay

In form trainer Phillip Hobbs set to land the Hennessy Gold Cup with Fingal Bay this afternoon

Back in the spring all of the talk before the Cheltenham Festival was how Fingal Bay was set to land the Pertemps Network Final. That plot was achieved and the gamble landed, but now the trainer has an even bigger prize in his sights with Fingal Bay – The Hennessy Gold Cup.

Fingal Bay has always been highly regarded and was an exceptional hurdler being the only horse to have beaten Simonsig over an obstacle. It may seem a big ask to be thrown back in over fences straight into a competitive Hennessy but if anyone can achieve this training feat Hobbs can.

In his way will be the hot favourite Djakadam for Mullins, omninously low weighted he was travelling well when falling at the Festival in March. His participation in this race has all the hallmarks of a plot too. Alan King’s Smad Place and Sherwood’s Many Clouds must not be discounted.

Mullins other Irish raider this afternoon appears in the Grade One Fighting Fifth at Newcastle (2.05), Artic Fire was near the top of his class last season and should provide strong opposition to the fancied IrvingIrving looked the winner until plummeting out at the last in the Elite Hurdle last time at Wincanton.

 

CROCKFORD’S DEAD CERT – DEFINITELY RED (NEWCASTLE 1.05)

Very classy and resolute bumper performer who looks to have this novice hurdle at his mercy. A good winner last time out at Cheltenham he should have no problem in converting his ability to jumping obstacles.

CROCKFORD’S WHISPER – FINGAL BAY E/W (HENNESSY GOLD CUP – NEWBURY 3.00)

The talk is that this has been the plan for ages and that Fingal Bay is set to pull off the same sort of coup as he did at the Festival in the spring. With the stable on fire and the horse not carrying a punitive weight expect the plot to come off. There are big hopes for him for the rest of the season.

ARCHER’S SELECTION – MORE OF THAT (NEWBURY 2.25)

Archer would have been keen to have taken the ride on this unbeaten champion. He would have known that if the World Hurdle winner has trained on he was a certainty.

Crockford’s Gambles on Hennessy Gold Cup Day 2014:

Newbury – Broxbourne (12.20), Tara Road (12.50), Dushrembrandt (1.20) and Albert Bridge (1.50)

Newcastle – Irving (2.05) and Indian Castle e/w (2.40)

Fairyhouse – Rule The World (11.55), Rubi Light e/w (12.25), Sub Lieutenant (12.55), Fine Article (1.25), Couleur France (1.55) and Stockton’s Wing (2.30)

Bangor-on-Dee – Winter Walk (2.00)

Towcester – Pure Science (1.45) and Dalaman (3.25)

(Featured Photograph – Fingal Bay at the Cheltenham Festival 2014 by Stuart Rice)

Hennessy Gold Cup Ante Post: Fingal Bay 10/1

Trainer Phillip Hobbs’ Fingal Bay looks great each way ante post value at 10/1 for this month’s Hennessy Gold Cup

With the stable on fire at the Open Meeting at Cheltenham, who would bet against Hobbs landing another big prize. The Hennessy Gold Cup has been the stated aim for the talented eight-year-old for sometime. Gambled to win at last season’s Festival, Fingal Bay has the ability to scoop this too.

At 10/1 with many firms it is worth taking the price  on Fingal Bay before it tumbles on the day of the race.

 

(Featured photograph – Fingal Bay at the Cheltenham Festival 2014)