Weights revealed for the Hennessy Gold Cup

Harry Topper and First Lieutenant head the weights at 11st 12lb for the 58th running of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday, 29 November, the highlight of the bet365 Hennessy Festival.

Harry Topper, the 2013 bet365 Charlie Hall winner, missed an intended reappearance in the same race earlier this month because of the ground. Kim Bailey’s charge (20/1 with bet365) has won two Grade 2 races at Newbury including the Betfair Denman Chase by 25 lengths last season.

First Lieutenant (25/1) was third to Bobs Worth in the 2012 Hennessy Gold Cup and has competed exclusively in Grade 1 company on his last six starts.

Willie Mullins’ Djakadam, bet365’s 8/1 favourite, has been allocated 10st 7lb for the 3m 2½f showpiece as he bids to end Ireland’s winless run in the race that stretches back to 1980.

The Irish champion trainer also has Champagne Fever (11st 9lb and 20/1), Ballycasey (11st 6lb and 16/1) and The Paparrazi Kid (10st 6lb and 20/1) engaged.

Ireland is further represented with Gordon Elliott’s Don Cossack (11st 11lb and 16/1) and Dessie Hughes’ Lyreen Legend (11st 8lb and 25/1).

Alan King’s highly-touted chaser Smad Place (10/1), last seen finishing a close-up second in the RSA Chase, has been given 11st 6lb. Oliver Sherwood’s Many Clouds (10/1), brought down in the same race, made an impressive seasonal debut at Carlisle at the start of the month and has been given 11st 2lb.

King’s total of five entries includes Medermit (11st 6lb and 25/1), Walkon (11st 2lb and 33/1), Midnight Prayer (10st 6lb and 20/1) and Pantxoa (10st 7lb and 66/1).

Philip Hobbs won the Hennessy Gold Cup with What’s Up Boys in 2001 and his smart charge Fingal Bay (10/1) is set to carry 11st 4lb.

Nicky Henderson has won the last two renewals of the contest and Triolo d’Alene (20/1) could defend his title off 11st 8lb. Henderson also has Hadrian’s Approach (11st 4lb and 16/1) as he searches for a fourth Hennessy.

Fellow three-time Hennessy Gold Cup winning trainer Paul Nicholls’ septet is headed by last year’s runner-up Rocky Creek (11st 7lb and 12/1). Black Thunder (11st 6lb and 20/1), Bury Parade (11st 4lb and 33/1), Unioniste (11st 2lb and 25/1), Sam Winner (10st 12lb and 20/1), Easter Day (10st 9lb and 20/1) and Just A Par (10st 6lb and 33/1) make up the Ditcheat challenge.

Other notable names are leading Paddy Power Gold Cup fancies Buywise (10st 11lb and 18/1) and Present View (10st 9lb and 20/1), as well as Roalco de Farges (10st 7lb and 25/1) and Mendip Express (10st 9lb and 16/1).

Hennessy Gold Cup, bet365 prices:

Horse Odds
Djakadam 8/1
Fingal Bay, Smad Place, Many Clouds 10/1
Rocky Creek 12/1
Hadrian’s Approach, Don Cossack, Ballycasey, Mendip Express 16/1
Buywise 18/1
Triolo d’Alene, Ballynagour, Sam Winner, Black Thunder,The Paparrazi Kid, Present View, Harry Topper, Midnight Prayer,Champagne Fever, Easter Day 20/1
BAR 25/1


THE HENNESSY GOLD CUP STEEPLE CHASE (HANDICAP) (CLASS 1) (Grade 3) Total prize fund £175,000
Horse Weight Age Owner Trainer
Harry Topper 11st 12lb 7 Mr A.N Solomons Kim Bailey
First Lieutenant (IRE) 11st 12lb 9 Gigginstown House Stud M. F. Morris
Don Cossack (GER) 11st 11lb 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott
Champagne Fever (IRE) 11st 9lb 7 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins
Houblon des Obeaux (FR) 11st 8lb 7 Mrs Julian Blackwell Venetia Williams
Triolo d’Alene (FR) 11st 8lb 7 Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr Nicky Henderson
Lyreen Legend (IRE) 11st 8lb 7 Lyreen Syndicate D. T. Hughes
Rocky Creek (IRE) 11st 7lb 8 The Johnson & Stewart Families Paul Nicholls
Ballynagour (IRE) 11st 6lb 8 Mr Allan Stennett David Pipe
Black Thunder (FR) 11st 6lb 7 Donlon, MacDonald, Fulton & Webb Paul Nicholls
Smad Place (FR) 11st 6lb 7 Mrs Peter Andrews Alan King
Ballycasey (IRE) 11st 6lb 7 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins
Medermit (FR) 11st 6lb 10 The Dunkley & Reilly Partnership Alan King
Bury Parade (IRE) 11st 4lb 8 HighclereThoroughbredRacing- Bury Parade Paul Nicholls
Fingal Bay (IRE) 11st 4lb 8 Mrs R. J. Skan Philip Hobbs
Hadrian’s Approach (IRE) 11st 4lb 7 Mr & Mrs R. Kelvin-Hughes Nicky Henderson
Vino Griego (FR) 11st 3lb 9 Mr C. E. Stedman Gary Moore
Many Clouds (IRE) 11st 2lb 7 Mr Trevor Hemmings Oliver Sherwood
Walkon (FR) 11st 2lb 9 McNeill Family Alan King
Unioniste (FR) 11st 2lb 6 Mr J. Hales Paul Nicholls
Katenko (FR) 11st 2lb 8 Mr A. Brooks Venetia Williams
Theatre Guide (IRE) 11st 1lb 7 Mrs Jean R. Bishop Colin Tizzard
Easter Meteor (GB) 10st 13lb 8 Mr & Mrs S. C. Willes David Pipe
Restless Harry (GB) 10st 12lb 10 Mr R. G. Whitehead Robin Dickin
Sam Winner (FR) 10st 12lb 7 Mrs Angela Yeoman Paul Nicholls
Monbeg Dude (IRE) 10st 11lb 9 Oydunow Michael Scudamore
Annacotty (IRE) 10st 11lb 6 Mrs Peter Prowting Martin Keighley
Buywise (IRE) 10st 11lb 7 Mr T. Hywel Jones Evan Williams
Wiesentraum (GER) 10st 10lb 8 G. Pascoe & S. Brewer Lucy Wadham
Easter Day (FR) 10st 13lb 6 B. Fulton, Broughton Thermal Insulation Paul Nicholls
Mendip Express (IRE) 10st 9lb 8 The Mendip Syndicate Harry Fry
Present View (GB) 10st 9lb 6 Sir Chips Keswick Jamie Snowden
Lamb Or Cod (IRE) 10st 9lb 7 Mr Terry Warner Philip Hobbs
What A Warrior (IRE) 10st 7lb 7 Mr & Mrs Gordon Pink Dan Skelton
Pantxoa (FR) 10st 7lb 7 Mrs June Watts Alan King
Djakadam (FR) 10st 7lb 5 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins
Roalco de Farges (FR) 10st 7lb 9 The Brushmakers Philip Hobbs
The Druids Nephew (IRE) 10st 6lb 7 The Stonehenge Druids Neil Mulholland
Wychwoods Brook (GB) 10st 6lb 8 Kevin & Anne Glastonbury Evan Williams
The Paparrazi Kid (IRE) 10st 6lb 7 Byerley Thoroughbred Racing W. P. Mullins
Midnight Prayer (GB) 10st 6lb 9 The Legends Partnership Alan King
Just A Par (IRE) 10st 6lb 7 Paul K. Barber & C. G. Roach Paul Nicholls
Via Sundown (FR) 10st 5lb 6 The Old Brokers Gary Moore
Mountainous (IRE) 10st 5lb 9 Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Potter Richard Lee
Court In Motion (IRE) 10st 5lb 9 Mr N. Mustoe Emma Lavelle
Knock A Hand (IRE) 10st 4lb 9 Mr Alan Halsall Richard Lee
Mullaghanoe River (IRE) 10st 4lb 6 Mrs Patricia Hunt Noel Meade
Victors Serenade (IRE) 10st 4lb 9 Michael & Angela Bone Anthony Honeyball
Le Reve (IRE) 10st 4lb 6 Mr P. H. Betts Lucy Wadham
Merry King (IRE) 10st 3lb 7 Mr F. Gillespie Jonjo O’Neill
Edmund Kean (IRE) 10st 2lb 7 Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Potter Peter Bowen
Gallant Oscar (IRE) 10st 1lb 8 Mr G. Kelly A. J. Martin
Gevrey Chambertin (FR) 10st 0lb 6 Roger Stanley & Yvonne Reynolds III David Pipe
Handy Andy (IRE) 9st 8lb 8 Brocade Racing Colin Tizzard
Tour des Champs (FR) 9st 6lb 7 Mr H. R. Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
Saroque (IRE) 9st 4lb 7 Mr A. Brookes Venetia Williams