Jessies Dream, off the track since finishing a close second in the RSA at Cheltenham, is set to make his seasonal debut in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown next month.
The Gordon Elliot trained gelding is one of a number of high class entries for the Grade 1 event and Elliot is looking forward to taking the wraps off his stable star.
“We gave him a long break after Cheltenham, as he was a bit sore afterwards, but he seems to be in great shape again now and the plan is that he’ll more than likely head to Leopardstown.” He added: “We’ll take him to Fairyhouse to work next Tuesday and if he comes through that okay, I’d say that he’ll run in the Hennessy.”
Along with Jessies Dream, Quito De La Roque will lead the home defence. The son of Saints Des Saints disappointed in the Lexus Chase over Christmas, however his trainer Colm Murphy is hopeful over a much better display.
“He has come out that race fine, but we were very disappointed with him the last day. Nothing came to light and perhaps he just had a harder race than we thought he had, when he won the Nicholson Chase,” stated Murphy.
“He was a bit quiet in himself after the Lexus, but he seems to be back in good form again now and he seems to go on any ground, so we’d be hoping for a much better run from him in the Hennessy,” he added.
The winner of that Lexus Chase, the JP McManus owned Synchronised a is on course for a return trip to Leopardstown and Frank Berry said “He has come out of The Lexus in great form. He travelled away lovely that day, he jumped great and he got a great ride, so he’ll definitely go back there for the Hennessy.”
Speaking after the release of the entries,Pat Keogh, CEO, Leopardstown Racecourse said: “We are delighted with the quality of entries for the Hennessy Gold Cup, for this the 22nd running of the event.
“This is always a wonderful race and this year promises to be no exception. It is great to see the number of English entries, this is no surprise given the prestige of the race and the excellent prize money on offer.
“The Hennessy Gold Cup will be the highlight of a great day’s racing at Leopardstown which features four Grade 1 races. The Hennessy Enclosure Marquee will host the Hennessy Gold Cup Best Dressed Lady, pre-registrations are available on www.hennessybestdressed.ie. This should be a great day, with something for everybody.
“Tickets are available on line at www.leopardstown.com and there are a limited number of hospitality packages still available.”