Kauto a surprise entry for Hennessy Gold Cup
KAUTO STAR is the surprise name among 66 possibles for the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on November 27.
The dual Cheltenham Gold Cup and four-times King George VI Chase winner is one of nine entries for Paul Nicholls in company with Denman, twice winner of the Hennessy.
Nicholls' squad also features Niche Market, What A Friend and Neptune Collonges. Kauto Star is expected to start his campaign at Down Royal on Saturday week in the JNwine.com Champion Chase.
Others to catch the eye are Diamond Harry for Nick Williams, Burton Port for Nicky Henderson and the Ian Williams-trained Weird Al.
The ex-Nicholls-trained Big Fella Thanks has been given an entry by Ferdy Murphy.
Potential Irish raiders of note are Pandorama, Vic Venturi and The Midnight Club.