Joncol needs rain ahead of Hennessy bid

Updated: November 23, 2011

County Wexford trainer Paul Nolan is praying for rain ahead of his dual Grade One winner Joncol’s Hennessy Gold Cup bid at Newbury on Saturday.

The star of Nolan’s yard has done most of his racing on soft ground,and has always been thought to be at his best on a testing surface. However, connections are keen to give the horse a run on better ground, provided that there is some cut in it.

“At the moment the intention is to travel and I’m just hoping they get the bit of rain that’s forecast. As long as the ground is good to soft I think he’ll take his chance,” said Nolan.

“It will be interesting to see how he handles it as it will be the first time he’s run on a bit of nice ground. We won’t really know how he handles it until we have a go. Hopefully he can prove he’s not a total mudlark, but obviously the more rain they get the better.

“He did it very nicely in Thurles the last day and should improve on that as he had a good blow afterwards. Barry Geraghty will ride him on Saturday, which is great news, so we’re looking forward to it.”

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