My Tent Or Yours to be too strong in Fighting Fifth Hurdle
Saturday’s Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury is one of the most open for years and no single horse is standing out like in recent seasons.
In 2009 there was Denman, whilst Bobs Worth was the star attraction in 2012.
Twelve months on and the historic race is a much more difficult puzzle to solve.
Invictus was well-backed earlier in the week however the support has dried up for Alan King’s son of Flemensfirth despite his most recent run – 651 days ago – being a beating of the aforementioned Bobs Worth.
Our Father represents David Pipe whose father Martin won this race 2004 with Celestial Gold before David repeated the trick in 2008 with Madison Du Berlais.
Bet on Our Father to win the Hennessy Gold Cup
A win for the grey would be an emotional one as the horse is part-owned by the family of David Johnson, the charismatic owner who passed away earlier this year.
Pipe’s seven-year-old has won on his reappearance for the last two seasons and is expected to run a career-best.
Another horse who is part-owned by the Johnson family is Rocky Creek who will be having his first start of the season for Paul Nicholls.
His novice chasing form from last season reads very well but it remains to be seen whether he wants the ground to be this quick.
Bet on Rocky Creek to win the Hennessy Gold Cup
There could be 21 runners storming to the first of 21 fences and amongst them will be Lord Windermere.
An Irish-trained horse hasn’t won the race since Bright Highway in 1980 but Jim Culloty believes that his RSA winner can buck the trend.
The last three RSA winners to run in the Hennessy all emerged victorious and the strong stayer looks a prime candidate.
He’s shorter in the betting than Willie Mullins’ Prince De Beauchene and fellow Irish raiders Terminal and Whodoyouthink.
Meanwhile punters wanting to side with Cape Tribulation will be buoyed by the fact that three horses between 2005 and 2009 managed to win despite carrying top-weight.
Bet on Lord Windermere to win Henessy Gold Cup
Whilst the Hennessy brings Newbury to a standstill, up at Newcastle the Fighting Fifth takes centre stage.
Nicky Henderson’s My Tent Or Yours is the red-hot favourite following a novice campaign which included a close second to Champagne Fever in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Henderson won this race in 2008 with Punjabi but Binocular, who raced in the same JP McManus silks as My Tent Or Yours, was a beaten favourite in this race on three occasions.
Bet on My Tent Or Yours to win Fighting Fifth
The most obvious horse who will be bidding to inflict a similar defeat is Jeremy Scott’s Melodic Rendezvous.
The seven-year-old has won his last four starts in scintillating fashion and has fitness on his side.
Whilst Scott would have preferred more testing ground in the North-East, the long finishing straight at Gosforth Park should suit his stable star down to the ground.
The filly Cockney Sparrow is not out of it either as she receives 7lbs from the boys.
John Quinn’s filly is already a listed race winner and she looks very progressive, although this will be her real acid-test.