The 2015 Hennessy Gold Cup will be held on Saturday 28th of November at Newbury racecourse. As part of a three-day festival, the Hennessy Gold Cup is the grand finale to three days of classic national hunt racing.
The Grade Three chase has long been an important race to the jumps season and we take a look through the Hennessey Gold Cup betting odds, tips and winners to help you place a winning bet at a bookmaker like bet365, offering live horse racing streaming and attractive odds during the 3 days of Hennessey Gold Cup horse racing.
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|Horses||Best Odds||Best Bookmaker||Horses||Best Odds||Best Bookmaker|
|Saphir Du Rheu||7/2||The Young Master||10/1|
|Smad Place||6/1||Valseur Lido||12/1|
|Bob’s Worth||6/1||Ned Stark||14/1|
|If In Doubt||8/1||Fingal Bay||14/1|
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Saphir Du Rheu
Paul Nicholls’ stable star has proven himself to be very versatile, switching between hurdles and fences for the second time. He finished second in the 2015 World Hurdle, having been rated as high as 165 in his peak over the smaller obstacles. He has been turned back to chasing this season and he has put in two foot-perfect rounds of jumping so far, winning by a total of 15 and 7 lengths respectively – un-extended. The champion trainer will have him spot on for this and surely he’ll be on the road to bigger targets, should things work out.
Alan King’s grey had a very good first season chasing with a solid effort in the Cheltenham Gold Cup finishing 8th of the 16 strong field. He made a good return to action in a pretty decent graduation chase and confirmed himself in fine order. He looked fit and strong that day and given he’s versatile ground-wise, he could be a solid each-way option.
The Young Master – The Young Master sprung to fame after a bizarre disqualification in the Badger Ales Trophy last season. He probably needed the run when finishing 7 lengths behind Saphir De Rheu at the start of this month but it’s hard to imagine him reversing the form on that evidence alone. He’ll have to improve again to beat the current favourite with a clear run.
The Druid’s Nephew
Another Mullholland entry, The Druid’s Nephew cruised through the Grand National this year before sadly falling. He made his return on Charlie Hall day at Wetherby but was beaten a long way from home and finished tailed off. That was a grade two so it wasn’t a bad race to return in, but he’ll need to show improvement to win this given his career best rating over fences is 146.
If In Doubt
If In Doubt got his act together pretty quickly over fences last season, winning a listed handicap on only his fourth start. He improved again to finish 5th of 8 in the RSA Chase which wasn’t a bad effort at all. He disappointed at Fairyhouse in April in a Grade One chase, but he could have just had one race too many and I’m willing to overlook that performance. If he’s improved, he could be exciting this season.
Houblon Des Obeaux
Venetia William’s nine year-old hasn’t won since December 2013 but has been pretty consistent, finishing second behind Coneygree and Many Clouds last season. He performs best on soft and connections will be hoping for very soft conditions on the day. He finished second in this race last season on soft, good to soft in places.
The main Irish raider, Don Poli is a class act and had form figures of 1115 last season, the biggest of those coming in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham with a sublime round of jumping. He flopped badly at Punchestown, but that can happen with horses prepped to the minute for Cheltenham. He may not be at his sharpest in this but you can’t ignore his class and he ranks amongst one of the most exciting prospects this season.
Phillip Hobbs’ chaser won a Grade Three at Cheltenham on the 14th of November, beating the well supported Upswing. He’s proven to be an extremely consistent performer with a string of 1’s and 2’s next to his name. One feels he may need to improve again to land this, but he’s in rude health and if he can come on again for that performance, he has big chances.
Mark Bradstock’s chaser has become a fans favourite, having been the first novice to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. His impressive front-running display won many fans over and he made a perfect return at Sandown winning hard-held. He has slipped a disc in recent days and is “touch and go” for this, but if he’s fully prepared, he’s a major danger.
Bob’s Worth – Nicky Henderson’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner made a victorious return to action this month when outgunning his stable mate in fine fashion over an inadequate trip. He has to prove he can recapture his old form given last season’s disappointment, but he confirmed himself fit and well recently.
Here you can find the handicap marks for the first three home in the last three Hennessy Gold Cups as well as their respective SPs.
1st 151 8/1
2nd 157 50/1
3rd 138 14/1
1st 147 20/1
2nd 151 8/1
3rd 145 33/1
1st 160 4/1F
2nd 166 8/1
3rd 159 12/1
The 2015 Hennessy Gold Cup looks thoroughly exciting this year with a few old veterans battling out the first gruelling pattern chase of the year with the younger pretenders. A lot revolves around whether Coneygree runs. Paddy Power are offering 4/1 Coneygree with a run, so if he doesn’t run you get your money back. He is 5/1 with other firms, but you won’t get your money back if he doesn’t run – which is possible having slipped a disc recently. Connections report the situation ‘touch and go’ and a poor prep to this race is just enough to put me off him.
As favourites in good races go, the 7/2 Saphir Du Rheu with Sky Bet, looks great value. He has taken to his fences brilliantly in his last two runs and he looks full of scope and potential. He has had the ideal prep races to this and that 7/2 is unlikely to be on-offer if he makes it.
The one that stands out at this stage is the JP McManus owned If In Doubt. Phillip Hobbs’ chaser made giant strides last season and he could be potentially well-handicapped if he makes it. He will go there fresh without a prep race, but if he continues in the form he showed till Cheltenham, he could be well weighted at a best price 8/1 with Betfair Sports.
Note: all prices are subject to change leading up to the event.
The 2014 winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup was Many Clouds, who went onto Grand National fame. He was held up that day in mid-division under Leighton Aspell, making headway into the 17th fence before being unleashed two out, staying on to win by 3 ¼ lengths. The second, Houblon Des Obeaux, who is entered again this year was given a very positive ride as was the third, Merry King. It certainly paid to be prominent that day, with those held up towards the rear finishing 15 lengths and further in behind.
In 2013, Triolo D’Alene sprung a 20/1 surprise for Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty. He stayed on impressively to hold off the persistent challenge of Rocky Creek. Triolo D’Alene was held up at the rear of mid-division that day before taking up the lead three out. Rocky Creek tracked him from three out but couldn’t bridge the gap. The third, Theatre Guide, was held up in rear and stayed on best of the rest of the runners to take third without ever threatening to win. Those finishing in mid-field were generally held up towards rear and couldn’t stay at the pace of the winner.
The 2012 Hennessy Gold Cup was packed full of top class chasers and the winner, Bob’s Worth, may return to retake his crown this year. Those at the top of handicap did extremely well in 2012, with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd rated first, second and fourth highest rated in the handicap respectively. The field, as with most Hennessy’s, filled with big gaps back to each runner, although it was relatively close in places (8 lengths 1st to 3rd). Bob’s Worth was held up in mid-division that day and like Many Clouds, delivered his challenge between the 3rd and 2nd last. He stayed on best to make the most of the 6lbs he received from the second, Tidal Bay.
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