Lord Windermere Leaving Nothing to Chance in Gold Cup
A chance to become Ireland’s first winner of the Hennessey Gold Cup in 33 years is the prize, and Jim Culloty has outlined last season’s RSA chase champion Lord Windermere as ‘twice the horse he was last year’ ahead of this Saturday’s classic.
The leading jockey-come-trainer is leaving nothing to chance on the wind towards the feature event at Newbury worth a cool £175,000, even requesting an overnight stable away from the main block to ensure Lord Windermere is not affected by the noise from a bloodstock sale set to feature at the racecourse on Friday night.
“I know trainers say horses have grown and strengthened over the summer, and that’s normally because they have come out of a field fairly fat, but after Robbie McNamara schooled him this morning he told me his is twice the horse he was last year” Culloty said.
“I really fancy him.
“He has done plenty of work and is as fit as you’d expect any horse to be first time out. He has been away from home on three occasions and did a blinding piece of work last week when I rode home over a mile at the Curragh.
“He jumped brilliantly this morning and it’s all systems go. I think he has got a great chance.”
Currently sitting at top price at Bet365 for the Cup, Monday’s five-day stage produced a 13lb lift in weights for Lord Windermere after the withdrawal of Tidal Bay (as expected) left Cape Tribulation at the peak of the handicap on 11st12lb.
Trainer Alan King has declared Robert Thornton will take the ride on current favourite Invictus, showing odds of 15-2 at Bet365 at time of publication.
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