Hennessy Gold Cup Chase (Grade 3 Handicap) 3m 2f 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 2f 110y, Class 1, 21 runners)
  • Winner £99,662 2nd £37,398 3rd £18,725 4th £9,328 5th £4,322 6th £2,590
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 28.20s
  • Off time: 15:03:05

Full Result

15:00 Newbury
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 10 Triolo D'Alene (FR) N J Henderson 6 11-1 B J Geraghty 20/1
SP 20/1 Held up rear of mid-division, tracked leaders and travelling well from 10th, led 3 out, strongly pressed when hit last, soon joined, stayed on strongly under pressure to assert final 150 yards opened 16/1
2nd 7 Rocky Creek (IRE) P F Nicholls 7 11-5 D A Jacob 8/1
SP 8/1 In touch, headway to chase leaders before 16th, challenged, went 2nd and every chance 3 out, chased winner, every chance as winner hit last, upsides flat, no extra and held final 150 yards £8000-£1000 £2700-£300
3rd 16 Theatre Guide (IRE) C L Tizzard 6 10-13 t J Tizzard 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up towards rear, steady headway 16th, went 3rd approaching 2 out, edged left approaching last, hung left and kept on same pace flat
4th 9 18 Highland Lodge (IRE) Miss E C Lavelle 7 10-11 L P Aspell 6/1
SP 6/1 Led until 5th, pressed leader, led again 10th until 4 out, chased leader until next, driven and no extra in 4th approaching next opened 8/1
5th 19 Merry King (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 6 10-8 R P McLernon 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up towards rear of mid-division, keeping on when blundered 2 out, hung badly left soon after, plugged on to modest 5th flat opened 10/1
6th s.h 5 Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) Miss V Williams 6 11-8 L Treadwell 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up towards rear, pushed along and struggling before 4 out, stayed on under pressure flat, not reach leaders opened 20/1
7th 12 Our Father (IRE) D Pipe 7 11-1 t C O'Farrell 11/2f
SP 11/2f Held up towards rear, pushed along in mid-division before 4 out, plugged on under pressure flat but never going pace to get involved opened 10/1 £2400-£300
8th 4 Lord Windermere (IRE) J H Culloty 7 11-8 D C Costello 7/1
SP 7/1 Towards rear, mistake 3rd, steady headway 12th, badly hampered 14th, pushed along in mid-division before 4 out, modest 6th 2 out, weakened from last opened 8/1 £4000-£500
9th nk 17 Terminal (FR) W P Mullins 6 10-12 T Scudamore 33/1
SP 33/1 Towards rear, badly hampered 14th, kept on under pressure flat, never involved
10th ½ 11 Same Difference (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 7 11-1 v Sam Twiston-Davies 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up towards rear, in mid-division 11th, blundered 15th, no progress after
11th 15 Invictus (IRE) A King 7 10-13 R Thornton 8/1
SP 8/1 Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders travelling well 14th, ridden in well held 5th before last, weakened and eased flat
12th 8 Cloudy Too (IRE) Mrs S J Smith 7 11-4 R Johnson 20/1
SP 20/1 Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 10th, hit 15th, went 2nd after 17th, led 4 out, mistake and headed 3 out, weakened quickly next
13th 3 Prince De Beauchene (FR) W P Mullins 10 11-9 R Walsh 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up in touch in mid-division, headway to chase leaders 11th, ridden and weakened soon after 3 out opened 20/1
14th 8 20 Loch Ba (IRE) M R Channon 7 10-1 D Elsworth 16/1
SP 16/1 Always towards rear, never a factor
15th 36 21 Whodoyouthink (IRE) O McKiernan 8 10-0 p P F Mangan (3) 100/1
SP 100/1 Chased leaders until lost place approaching 8th, tailed off from 12th
16th 7 1 Cape Tribulation J M Jefferson 9 11-12 Jack Doyle 50/1
SP 50/1 Slightly hampered 14th, pushed along and struggling after 16th, always towards rear,
PU 6 Imperial Commander (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 12 11-7 t P J Brennan 20/1
SP 20/1 Pressed leader, led 5th until 10th, chased leader until weakened quickly 17th, immediately pulled up
PU 9 Super Duty (IRE) D McCain Jnr 7 11-2 J M Maguire 14/1
SP 14/1 In touch, blundered 5th, reminders and lost place 9th, tailed off when hampered 14th, pulled up before 17th
F 2 Katenko (FR) Miss V Williams 7 11-11 Aidan Coleman 20/1
SP 20/1 Chasing leaders when fell 14th opened 16/1
F 13 Opening Batsman (IRE) H Fry 7 11-0 pt N D Fehily 25/1
SP 25/1 Towards rear, fell 5th
UR 14 Hadrian's Approach (IRE) N J Henderson 6 11-0 p1 Nico de Boinville (5) 12/1
SP 12/1 Chased leaders, mistake and unseated rider 5th

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £26.30 Tote Place £5.10,£2.80,£7.20,£2.80 Straight Forecast £170.65 Exacta £287.40 Trifecta £8676.40 Swingers 1&2:£31.30 2&3:£77.10 1&3:£249.70

Jackpot £8,334.75 carried forward to Leicester, 1st Dec
Placepot £3,628.70, Pool: £202316.98, 40.7 winning tickets
Quadpot £220.00, Pool: £21137.45, 71.09 winning tickets


Nicky Henderson has now won back-to-back renewals of this historic handicap but it is highly unlikely that TRIOLO D'ALENE will emulate Bobs Worth in going on to win the Gold Cup. The choice of Barry Geraghty, the six year old was well backed for last year's Paddy Power but disappointed there before recapturing his form to win the Topham before following up in a Huntingdon handicap prompting Geraghty to remark that 'this wasn't a Hennessy'. Rated 15lbs higher than for the first of those wins and with an encouraging run at Ascot under his belt, he joined issue with Rocky Creek travelling incredibly well and had more than enough in the locker to quicken away from his rival despite not meeting the last quite right. He will probably face a rise of at least 10lbs for this but has relatively few miles on the clock and should remain competitive. Having already won over the National fences a return to Aintree would appear the obvious objective while it must be in the back of connections' minds that he has run poorly on both visits to Cheltenham. Paul Nicholls had made no secret that this had been Rocky Creek's target for some time and it was a well executed plan, albeit one that didn't quite come off. The ground was faster than some pundits thought would be ideal but he jumped beautifully having been prominent throughout but just bumped into a better one on the day. He will face the inevitable rise in the handicap but this was only his ninth start under Rules so he may well be able to cope. His owners reported that the Grand National is his principal target and that he could take the Welsh in on the way and he certainly looks a good fit for the former as all he does is stay. Chepstow is also likely to be next for Highland Lodge who was outpaced by the principals but kept on well; connections may well fancy their chances of reversing the placings on the revised terms. Theatre Guide was an uncertain stayer but ran a huge race to help continue the fine spell being enjoyed by the Tizzards. A rise of 4 or 5lbs seems likely but this opens up many more options for the six year old who may, conceivably, just be coming to himself. He hasn't always held his form in the past, however, and it will be interesting to see if he can back this run up. Merry King stayed on well for pressure from an unpromising position in the straight; he, too, is only six and can win more races. He was closely matched with Houblon Des Obeaux on their running at Ascot and the pair appeared to run to form here. There was a plunge on Our Father who has shown his best form when fresh but he was rather on and off the bridle and, in the circumstances, did well to finish as close as he did. That offers a glimmer of hope for the future but he is clearly not easy to train. Lord Windermere wasn't helped by being hampered by the fall of Katenko when still moving with purpose and he is well worth another chance to prove this form wrong. Invictus failed to live up to his position in the market although he did enough to believe that all is not lost on this first run in well over 600 days but it was a shade disappointing to see Prince De Beauchene drop away so tamely.