Friday 23 March 2018

Oscars Well tipped for Gold Cup success

Ashley Iveson

TRAINER Jessica Harrington is confident Oscars Well is ready to make his presence felt in the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse on Sunday.

The top-class hurdler has won twice from five starts over fences this term and was last seen filling the runner-up spot in January's Irish Arkle at Leopardstown, when he made a jarring blunder at the final fence.


That form looks solid, with the winner, Benefficient, going on to claim the Jewson Novices' Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.


Harrington hopes the decision to skip Cheltenham with her charge will stand him in good stead this weekend.


"He's in very good form," said the County Kildare handler.


"He worked at the end of last week, I was delighted with him and he'll work again on Wednesday. If all goes well then he'll run on Sunday.


"I'm not sure what else is going to turn up but we are going there with a fresh horse and we're looking forward to it.


"Hopefully he goes there with a big chance."


Oscars Well is one of 12 possible runners in the Powers Gold Cup.


Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins has three chances in Arvika Ligeonniere, Aupcharlie and Mikael D'Haguenet, while his brother, Tom, could run Grand Annual scorer Alderwood.


Buckers Bridge, Dedigout and Mount Benbulben are other interesting possible participants in the two-and-a-half-mile Grade One contest.

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