Newbury

  • 15:00 Hennessy Gold Cup Chase 3m 2f 110y

  • Winner £99,662 2nd £37,398 3rd £18,725 4th £9,328
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 49.45s
  • Off time: 15:02:30
15:00 Newbury Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Many Clouds (IRE) 8/1
2nd Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 50/1
3rd Merry King (IRE) 14/1
4th Monbeg Dude (IRE) 25/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 14396U- Red, dark blue disc, halved sleeves Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 217
7 11-12 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 157 50/151.00
2 1/1310P- Yellow, Light Blue hooped sleeves Triolo D'Alene (FR) 238
Course and Distance Winner
7 11-12 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 157 25/126.00
3 13/225-2 Royal blue, red sleeves, white spots, red cap, white spots Rocky Creek (IRE) 28
8 11-11 t1 P F Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 156 8/19.00
4 18/P132- BEIGE and EMERALD GREEN check, BEIGE sleeves Ballynagour (IRE) 214
8 11-10 t D Pipe T Scudamore 155 25/126.00
5 33/U112- GREY and MAROON diamonds, GREY sleeves Smad Place (FR) 262
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
7 11-10 A King D F O'Regan 155 6/17.00
6 12R/11-5 LIGHT BLUE and ROYAL BLUE diabolo, LIGHT BLUE sleeves and cap Fingal Bay (IRE) 212
Course Winner
8 11-8 P J Hobbs R Johnson 153 6/17.00
7 1PP02-7 Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Vino Griego (FR) 28
9 11-7 v G L Moore J E Moore 152 50/151.00
8 212B4-1 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Many Clouds (IRE) 27
7 11-6 O Sherwood L P Aspell 151 8/19.00
9 4/31838- YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Unioniste (FR) 238
Course Winner
6 11-6 P F Nicholls N D Fehily 151 20/121.00
10 34157-2 Red, white stripe, white and red diabolo on sleeves Monbeg Dude (IRE) 49
9 11-1 M Scudamore Paul Moloney 146 25/126.00
11 62128-3 Royal Blue, Yellow stars, Yellow cap Annacotty (IRE) 26
Beaten Favourite
6 11-1 b M Keighley G Sheehan 146 20/121.00
12 565P-11 Yellow, dark blue cross belts, yellow sleeves, pink armlets, dark blue and yellow quartered cap What A Warrior (IRE) 28
7 10-11 t D Skelton Harry Skelton 142 25/126.00
13 124/11F- Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Djakadam (FR) 261
5 10-11 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh 142 5/16.00
14 4F2P-12 RED, WHITE hoop, RED sleeves, WHITE seams, WHITE cap The Druids Nephew (IRE) 14
Beaten Favourite
7 10-10 p N P Mulholland D N Russell 141 7/18.00
15 2F11P-3 White, Royal Blue star, armlets and star on cap Wychwoods Brook 31
8 10-10 Evan Williams Adam Wedge 141 33/134.00
16 61U211- Dark blue, beige seams, beige and dark blue hooped sleeves and cap Midnight Prayer 263
Distance Winner
9 10-10 A King Tom Bellamy (5) 141 20/121.00
17 F1141-1 Royal blue, yellow triple diamond, striped sleeves, yellow cap, royal blue star Via Sundown (FR) 17
6 10-9 G L Moore Joshua Moore 140 33/134.00
18 U34P2-1 Yellow, Royal Blue braces, Royal Blue sleeves, Yellow stars and stars on cap Le Reve (IRE) 21
6 10-8 p Mrs L Wadham D C Costello 139 25/126.00
19 553P4-3 Light Green and Dark Green diamonds Merry King (IRE) 28
7 10-7 p Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 138 14/115.00

Verdict

Triolo D'alene and Rocky Creek, first and second 12 months ago, lock horns again but both are higher in the weights. The latter arrives off the back of a second in a Grade 1, however, and should win their personal battle today. Djakadam comes here with a big reputation but he has his stamina to prove and five-year-olds rarely figure in this. Many Clouds and What A Warrior need to improve again to get involved and the trip may be a problem for Ballynagour but Monbeg Dude and Midnight Prayer have bags of stamina and could sneak into the frame. Merry King is another with each-way claims while Fingal Bay is a class act over hurdles and potentially well treated if he takes to fences second time around. Unioniste is another with a shout and Davy Russell is a significant booking for The Druids Nephew but SMAD PLACE (NAP) went very close to landing the RSA Chase in March and second-season chasers do well in this. The grey was also a very useful stayer over hurdles so expect Denis O'Regan to be playing him late here - he gets the nod.