Windermere's Hennessy weight to tempt culloty
Jim Culloty looks sure to be tempted to run Lord Windermere in the Hennessy Gold Cup after his RSA Chase winner was allocated an eyecatching 10st 9lb in the Newbury showpiece on November 30.
The Co Cork-based trainer indicated he would run the progressive seven-year-old if he got a nice weight, and with last year's runner-up Tidal Bay likely to run again with 11st 12lb, Culloty will fancy his chances. Last season, Tidal Bay failed by just three lengths to give 6lb to Bobs Worth, before Paul Nicholls' charge went on to land the Lexus Chase following a thrilling finish at Leopardstown.
On his seasonal return, the 12-year-old showed there's plenty of life left in him when he won over hurdles at Wetherby for the second autumn running. Apart from Tidal Bay, Nicholls fields a strong list of possibles including Rolling Aces (10st 11lb), Unioniste (10st 7lb), Rocky Creek (10st 6lb), Poungach (9st 12lb) and Aiteen Thirtythree (9st 8lb) .
Nicky Henderson has three possibles in Roberto Goldback (10st 6lb), Triolo d'Alene (10st 2lb) and Hadrian's Approach (10st 1lb). Invictus (10st) is ante-post favourite, and his trainer Alan King also has Walkon (10st 6lb) and Godsmejudge (10st 3lb).
David Pipe's three-strong party is headed by Our Father (10st 2lb), and includes Goulanes (10st 1lb) and Buddy Bolero (9st 10lb). Willie Mullins bids to get on the roll of honour with Prince de Beauchene (10st 10lb), Terminal (9st 13lb), On His Own (9st 13lb), Vesper Bell (9st 11lb) and Themoonandsixpence (8st 12lb).
Along with Lord Windermere (10st 9lb), the Irish contingent features Dedigout (10st 5lb), Tofino Bay (10st 4lb), Argocat (10st 4lb) and Whodoyouthink (9st 1lb) from Oliver McKiernan's stable.