Bobs Worth Stars In Hennessy Gold Cup Entries

Last year's RSA Chase winner Bobs Worth is one of the star-studded names in a 22-strong entry list received for Saturday's Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in which the Nicky Henderson-trained star will look to cement his place as a potential Cheltenham Gold Cup contender.

Getting the better of Grands Crus and First Lieutenant in a memorable renewal of the 3m novice event at the Cheltenham Festival, the Seven Barrows inmate was instantly slashed for the Gold Cup and if he can secure victory on Saturday then he will surely become outright ante-post favourite for the race.

However, he certainly won't have it all his own way as a stellar list of names has been assembled for one of the leading handicap chases of the entire season and David Pipe's The Package will be aiming to build on a superb win in the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton earlier in the month and he has to be respected.

Alan King's Hold On Julio ran a creditable race behind Balthazar King at Cheltenham's Open meeting and he will be looking to continue up the chasing ladder, but this will be his stiffest test to date and he will need to improve immeasurably from that Cheltenham effort last time out.

Carruthers was a memorable winner of the race 12 months ago and he is sure to give a good account of himself again, but he will struggle with an extra weight burden this season, whilst the enigmatic Tidal Bay will be aiming to bag another big Saturday win for Paul Nicholls.

Of the others who jump off the entry page, Frisco Depot will look to build on some decent Irish form for Robert Waley-Cohen, whilst Planet Of Sound could be a potential each way contender if he can produce his best form in what looks an ultra-competitive renewal.

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