The Hennessy Gold Cup is a Grade 3 National Hunt race run each year in November at Newbury in Berkshire. The race is ran over a three mile, 2.5 furlong distance with twenty-one jumps and the 2014 Hennessy Gold Cup is to be ran at the end of November this year. There have been three two time winners of this race, with Denman the latest of this trio in 2007 and 2009, but the reigning champion Triolo D’Alene not returning this year we’ll have a new winner this time around. Who will become the 2014 Hennessy Gold Cup Champion?
8 year old Gelding Rocky Creek is the 4.80 favourite to triumph in the 2014 Hennessy Gold in the Betfair Exchange and having won four, as well as placing in another five, of his 11 races he is in impressive form for this massive event at Newbury. He has only raced on two occasions in 2014 finishing second at the Argento Chase at Cheltenham in January and fifth at the Grand National in two impressive results, now will the 2014 Hennessy Gold Cup see his first win of the year?
The nine year old has only raced at the Gold Cup at Cheltenham this year so far, where he finished fifth, but he still has an impressive record as he has won ten of the other 14 races he has entered. He has placed in three of the other four races too, with his last win coming in his final race of 2013 in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. He certainly offers great value at 5.75 in the Betfair Exchange to win this race, but can he overcome his lack of racing in 2014 to triumph?
Seven year old Smad Place has age on his side against the more favoured Rocky Creek and Bobs Worth and he also has a very solid record from his 16 race career. He has won five and placed in the two three on eight further occasions, including winning at Newbury in February before finishing runner up in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March. He has certainly looked impressive and he will fancy his chances at a course that he has already triumphed at in 2014.
While all of the top three horses all have great records throughout their careers and this is sure to be a close and fiercely contested race, I feel that the value to be had comes on the horse with the longest odds in Smad Place offers the best value in this race. He has won here already this year and despite being younger than the others at the top of this betting market he has plenty of experience to help him triumph at Newbury this November.