Bobs bids for Lexus redemption

  • Last Updated: December 24 2013, 15:59 GMT

Leopardstown and the Lexus Chase on Saturday could be the ideal place to get Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth back on track, according to trainer Nicky Henderson.

Bobs Worth: Lexus Chase hopeful
Bobs Worth: Lexus Chase hopeful

The eight-year-old was sent off the 15-8 favourite for the Betfair Chase at Haydock last month, but never looked totally happy and beat just one other finisher.

However, Haydock is a flat track and could not be more different to Cheltenham, and while Leopardstown does not have the stiff hill of the Cotswolds venue, it does promise to play more to Bobs Worth's strengths.

Henderson said: "Barry (Geraghty) feels that it will be a good track for him. You haven't got the Cheltenham hill, but it is a track that should suit him. We have to do something as last year he went from winning the Hennessy to the Gold Cup.

"He had a disappointing run at Haydock, but the ground was terrible and it was a flat track, whereas Leopardstown is more a galloping track.

"Barry jumped five fences on him (last weekend) and we are all happy."

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reopens While keen to go Henderson added that the weather could yet play a part and said: "I think in all probability we will go. We are keeping a very close eye on the weather for two reasons.

Speaking to Leopardstown, he said: "One is that you don't want it to get to be atrocious ground in Ireland and secondly you have to keep an eye on the ferries as well, travelling won't be easy.

"We need to get a run in now, I'd like to do that (Lexus) and then probably the Argento (at Cheltenham in January) would be the plan."