Trainer David Pipe has placed his faith in Our Father to win a competitive renewal of the Hennessy Gold Cup on his seasonal debut

David Pipe has placed his faith in the talented grey to win the Hennessy Gold Cup. The seven-year-old has won all three of seasonal debuts during his career and looks well placed to do so again. In his way is a field of classy of chasers who brim with future potential or proven records. Alan King’s Invictus has been the subject of whispers and support, and if producing the form of two years ago must have strong claims. At the head of the market Lord Windermere and Rocky Creek represent the novice class of 12/13. Rocky Creek certainly brims with potential and would provide an emotional victory for connections; as would 2010 Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander who will have his last race in the contest. Our Father always provides his best performances when out for the first time and will provide punters with attractive odds.

JP McManus will hope to have a valuable hurdle double with At Fishers Cross (Long Distance Hurdle – Newbury) and My Tent or Yours (Fighting Fifth – Newcastle). Leading novices last year they will have to prove their worth against fields that provide good markers of the ability. Melodic Rendezvous may spoil the party at Newcastle and an in-form Reve De Sivola will provide a good test for Curtis’s At Fishers Cross.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Silver Eagle (Towcester 1.15)

Fancied last time out when running at Cheltenham this horse has the quality to bounce back to winning ways in this much weaker race. If reproducing the form of his second in his penultimate start he will be a Dead Cert.

Crockford’s Whisper – Our Father e/w (Hennessy Gold Cup – Newbury 3.00)

Always best fresh the whispers surrounding the chances of this grey are strong. Clearly talented and aimed at this valuable prize, punters should have faith in a bold show from Pipe’s chaser.

Archer’s Selection – Oscar Rock (Newcastle 1.05)

Archer would have been eager to be up on this talented and highly touted horse. The talk surrounding his potential would not have been overlooked by the shrewd jockey.

Crockford’s Gambles on Hennessy Gold Cup Day:

Newbury – Gus Macrae e/w (1.20), Punjabi e/w (1.50), At Fishers Cross (2.25), Our Father e/w, Invictus e/w and Imperial Commander e/w (Hennessy Gold Cup 3.00)

Newcastle –  Oscar Rock (1.05), Melodic Rendezvous and Cockney Sparrow e/w (2.05), Hey Big Spender and Master of the Hall e/w (2.40)

Bangor – Mendip Express (12.30), Fentara (1.30) and My Wigwam or Yours (3.10)

Towcester – Silver Eagle (1.15), Earcomesthedream e/w (1.45) and Coyaba (3.25)

Fairyhouse – Foxrock (1.55) and Captain Cee Bee (2.30)


(Featured Photograph – Our Father at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)





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