Hennessy Gold Cup (Grade 1) 3m

  • (5yo+, 3m, Class 1, 9 runners)
  • Winner €103,500 2nd €34,200 3rd €16,201 4th €5,400 5th €3,599 6th €900 7th €900
  • Going: Heavy (Soft to Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 26.70s
  • Off time: 15:20:31

Full Result

15:15 Leopardstown
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 4 Kempes (IRE) W P Mullins 8 11-10 D J Casey 5/1
SP 5/1 Held up, 6th 4 out, 5th after next, smooth headway into 2nd after 2 out, led early straight, ridden before last, stayed on well run-in opened 6/1
2nd 2 Glencove Marina (IRE) E Griffin 9 11-10 R M Power 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up in rear, not fluent early, progress travelling well 2 out, 4th into straight, 2nd after last, kept on under pressure opened 20/1
3rd 3 Joncol (IRE) P Nolan 8 11-10 A P Cawley 13/8f
SP 13/8f Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden before 2 out, improved into 2nd early straight, 3rd after last, one pace run-in
4th 7 1 China Rock (IRE) M F Morris 8 11-10 P Carberry 4/1
SP 4/1 Prominent, 2nd from 8th, disputed lead from 6 out, led before 3 out, clear 2 out, soon ridden, headed early straight, soon no extra opened 6/1
5th 5 6 Made In Taipan (IRE) T Mullins 9 11-10 P Townend 66/1
SP 66/1 Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, 5th when slight mistake 3 out, no impression from next
6th 10 9 Trafford Lad Laurence Butler 9 11-10 A E Lynch 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up early, progress into 5th halfway, 3rd 5 out, ridden 2 out, dropped to 5th when bad mistake last, no extra
7th 29 8 The Listener (IRE) Nick Mitchell 12 11-10 Andrew J McNamara 9/1
SP 9/1 Close up, led from 7th, headed before 3 out, ridden and weakened 2 out, eased straight, tailed off opened 15/2
PU 5 Let Yourself Go (IRE) A Maguire 9 11-10 S J Hassett 33/1
SP 33/1 Led, headed 7th, weakened quickly after next, pulled up after 9th
PU 7 Money Trix (IRE) N G Richards 11 11-10 D N Russell 10/3
SP 10/3 Tracked leaders until mistake 5th, pulled up badly injured after 6th opened 7/2 touched 3/1

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £2.90 Tote Place £1.10 £5.00 £1.40 Straight Forecast £104.18 Exacta £88.90

Placepot €88.90

Analysis

A powerful performance from KEMPES, who may just have forced his trainer to think about the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March (if he wasn't already). Held up off the pace in the early stages, jockey David Casey was content to let him creep into the race slowly, but one imagines that even he was surprised with the ease with which his mount took him to the front two out. The field had bunched turning for home, with the front-running China Rock and The Listener coming back to the field. As the latter got tired quickly, similar seemed to happen to China Rock. He had jumped and travelled well, however he had been quite keen; perhaps both paid the price for going a tad too quick in tiring ground. Joncol had tried to close the gap down the far side but this big horse doesn't do anything quickly and by jumping out to his right throughout he wasted ground and energy. In the end he plugged on ok for third but he found two quicker horses in front of him. Whilst Kempes hit the front going well, he did have a serious rival in Glencove Marina. Having jumped better (after warming up) than at Thurles last month, he too crept into the race from off the pace. The winner got first run on him somewhat, and whilst he ran on ok, he was never finishing with the same verve as the winner. China Rock did quite well to hold onto fourth, whilst Made In Taipan ran on at the same pace in a well-held fifth. Trafford Lad, eventually sixth, travelled well for a long way and held every chance approaching the turn for home, but his effort flattered out and he was well-held when making a mistake at the last. The winner, Kempes, is now two out of two since being stepped up to three miles; it's some achievement considering he started off life racing over seven furlongs at the track. Although this race missed the allure of horses such as Pandorama, What A Friend and Weapons Amnesty, it was still a classy performance and he will travel to Cheltenham as a live outsider. The likely better ground will be in his favour and it will take a brave man to scoff at his chance. Unfortunately there was even more sadness on an almost intolerable day, when Money Trix, after making a bad mistake at the fifth fence, was pulled up after the sixth fence after breaking down badly. To make things even worse, Glencove Marina collapsed after the line and lost his life. This was a truly black day for horseracing, and one which won't be quickly forgotten.