Bobs Worth out to defend Gold Cup title at Cheltenham

Nicky Henderson’s nine-year-old one of 36 entries for big race

Jockey Barry Geraghty and Bobs Worth in the winner’s enclosure at Leopardstown after victory in the recent Lexus Steeplechase. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jockey Barry Geraghty and Bobs Worth in the winner’s enclosure at Leopardstown after victory in the recent Lexus Steeplechase. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wed, Jan 8, 2014, 12:27

Last year’s winner Bobs Worth is one of 36 entries for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Festival on March 14th.

Nicky Henderson’s nine-year-old came with a powerful run up the hill to claim the blue riband event last March on what was just his second outing of the season.

He kicked off the current campaign with a disappointing run at Haydock, but bounced back to form in typically determined fashion when winning the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over the Christmas period.

Henderson has stated he is likely to head straight for the Gold Cup without another run and given he is unbeaten at the last three Festivals, he appears a worthy ante-post favourite. He has also entered 2011 winner Long Run and Hennessy winner Triolo D’Alene.

Henderson claimed the British trainers’ championship last year from Paul Nicholls and his great rival looks set to pose the biggest threat to Bobs Worth claiming a second crown with King George winner Silviniaco Conti, who was travelling well last year before falling three fences from home.

Having finished third in the Betfair Chase at Haydock behind Cue Card, he outstayed Colin Tizzard’s stable star at Kempton on St Stephen’s Day.

The two could clash again although Cue Card is likely to have other options at the Festival also.

Nicholls could also run Al Ferof, third in the King George, Unioniste, Rocky Creek and Tidal Bay.

First Lieutenant is a horse who comes to life in the spring and he has run well at the last three Festivals, including when behind Cue Card in the Ryanair last year.

Having returned to his best in the Lexus when second to Bobs Worth, he may step up in trip for the Gold Cup this year for trainer Mouse Morris.

His owner, Gigginstown House Stud has also entered Bog Warrior, Last Instalment, Dedigout and Roi Du Mee.

Other Irish entries include last year’s RSA winner Lord Windermere, Dessie Hughes’s Lyreen Legend and Mount Benbulben while Willie Mullins has given Arvika Ligeonniere, Boston Bob and Rubi Ball the option.

Venetia Williams has entered both Katenko and Houblon Des Obeaux, David Pipe has put in Dynaste, Cloudy Too could run for Sue Smith while The Giant Bolster, second and fourth in the last two years, is in again for David Bridgwater.

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.