Leopardstown Racecourse today announced the revised entries after the final forfeit stage for the Grade 1 Hennessy Gold Cup, the Deloitte Novice Hurdle, the Dr. P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase and the Tote Jackpot Spring Juvenile Hurdle which are due to take place at Leopardstown this Saturday 12thFebruary.
The Paul Nolan-trained Joncol heads the list of 11 acceptors for the 21st running of Leopardstown’s Hennessy Gold Cup, re-scheduled for this Saturday after the postponement of last Sunday’s meeting. Winner of last year’s renewal, the son of Bob’s Return will be unaffected by the six-day delay in staging the race, according to his trainer, and remains on target for the race.
Joncol will not have to face the Paul Nicholls-trained Pride Of Dulcote, joint-favourite for the race last Sunday morning but now an absentee. However, he will still face stiff competition headed by the Willie Mullins-trained pair Cooldine and Kempes. Cooldine finished just a neck behind Joncol when second in last year’s renewal. He hasn’t won since he landed the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March 2009, but he would be a big danger if he could re-capture that form. Kempes was travelling well when he unseated his rider at the second last fence in the Lexus Chase, run over the Hennessy course and distance in December, and any drying of the ground would be in his favour.
Leopardstown regulars Money Trix and The Listener are big players, while Glencove Marina is also an interesting addition.
All of the main protagonists have stood their ground at this stage in the other three Grade 1 races on Saturday’s card. Zaidpour, Hidden Universe and Shot From The Hip catch the eye in the Deloitte Novice Hurdle, Unaccompanied and Indian Daudaie head a stellar cast of four-year-olds in the Tote Jackpot Spring Juvenile Hurdle, while Mikael D’Haguenet’s credentials will be severely tested by Magnanimity and Bostons Angel in the Dr PJ Moriarty Novice Chase.
Tom Burke General Manager at Leopardstown said: “We are delighted that so many of the contenders have remained on track for Saturday’s re-scheduled card which features four Grade 1 races including the 21st running of the Hennessy Gold Cup. The track is currently raceable and the ground conditions are heavy.”