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  • 15:15 Hennessy Gold Cup 3m

  • (Grade 1) €180,000 added 5yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner €103,500 2nd €34,200 3rd €16,201 4th €5,400
  • Going: Heavy (Soft to Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 26.70s
  • Off time: 15:20:31

Kempes proves Cup king

All roads now lead to Cheltenham

Last Updated: 12/02/11 4:06pm

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Kempes: On his way to an impressive victory

Kempes: On his way to an impressive victory

Kempes won the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown for JP McManus and Willie Mullins.

David Casey gave the winner a confident ride and punched the air as the 5-1 chance thumped Glencove Marina and Joncol.

British raider The Listener cut out the early running with China Rock but both faded from the third last while sadly Money Trix broke down on the first circuit and was pulled up.

Sky Bet are now 16-1 about the winner for the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

JP McManus' racing manager Frank Berry said: "I was surprised with how well he handled the ground.

"Davy gave him a lovely ride but I was surprised with how easily he picked them up.

"AP (McCoy) said he would have been involved in the Lexus when he fell two out, but he's gone on the ground today all right."

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