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Richards puts Hennessy raid top of Money plans

Money Trix has been ruled out of tomorrow's Argento Chase at Cheltenham, with the Irish Hennessy still firmly in his sights.

Nicky Richards' grey ran a fine race to finish second to What A Friend in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown and had been given a speculative entry in tomorrow's Gold Cup trial, with Paul Nicholls considering both the Cheltenham heat and the Irish race for Denman.

But with Denman now heading for the Aon Chase at Newbury next month, Richards can revert to Plan A with his exciting chaser.

"My lad goes to Ireland, that's the plan," said Richards. "We'll probably meet Joncol again and I see he is favourite but we've beaten him once and, with all due respect, hopefully we can beat him again."

Meanwhile, Ruby Walsh is likely to ride unbeaten novice chaser Inchidaly Rock in the Argento Chase. The champion trainer will also run the long-term absentee Taranis at Prestbury Park.

Irish Independent