Tuesday 16 January 2018

Hennessy Gold Cup the target for Fruity O’Rooney

Nick Robson

GARY Moore's Fruity O'Rooney has the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in November as his first major aim of the new National Hunt season.

The nine-year-old went down narrowly at the Cheltenham Festival in March when reeled in by Alfie Sherrin in the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase and ran with credit in the Scottish Grand National.

He finished fifth at Ayr but Moore is of the belief he failed to see out the trip, which makes a crack at the Grand National at Aintree next year unlikely.

"He's going to run over two-mile-five at the first Cheltenham meeting later this month," said Moore.

"We might aim him at the Hennessy in the first half of the season, that would seem a likely target.

"I don't think he truly stayed in the Scottish National, that's my opinion. So because of that I don't think he'd be an Aintree horse, I wouldn't want to tear the guts out of him.

"I wouldn't rule it out completely, though."

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