Angus McNae's Racing UK Blog
|Saturday 26th November 2016|
I have all the time in the world for this Hennessy horse at 7-1
The Racing UK Twitter feed and website have had a plethora of Hennessy Gold Cup memories this week and my favourite winner of the Newbury race was Bregawn in 1982.
Having travelled strongly upsides stable companion Captain John he then made an horrendous mistake at the last fence handing the Captain a five-length advantage. Galvanised by a cool Graham Bradley, however, Bregawn got back up to win going away. The following season he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
The link between the Hennessy and the Gold Cup is a strong one, which outlines that you need a classy individual to win this race.
However much I respect both of these horses, I prefer Un Temps Pour Tout, who, like Native River, is already a Grade One winner but is a bigger price.
His Grade One success came in the French Champion Hurdle at Auteuil, where he beat Thousand Stars and Zarkandar. As far as his chase career is concerned he has been something of a slow burner. It took him a few runs to get the hang of jumping larger obstacles. However on only his fourth start over fences he won the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He then finished lame at Aintree behind Native River.
Refreshed by a lay off he won on his return to action making all over an inadequate two and a half miles at Aintree. That will have set him up perfectly for this test and I think he is tremendous value at 7-1. He is a class act and still has untapped potential as a chaser.
I will not be backing Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack in the 12.55. He will be far too short a price to back him. However let us put to bed the myth that he jumped poorly at Cheltenham last time out. For me he jumped well. His only failing was to be too brave and exuberant at two ditches. He could not be said to have made mistakes as such, he was just going with such zest and confidence he felt he could take off a long way from the fence. He will continue his education today and will remain firmly on course for Cheltenham glory.
Angus McNae's Saturday tip:
3.10 Newbury: Un Temps Pour Tout at 7-1 generally available