Drumacoo ‘unknown quantity’ in Hennessy field
Drumacoo convincingly won his novice chase at Huntingdon in January
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BEN PAULING believes Drumacoo is the unknown quantity of the 28-strong Hennessy Gold Cup entries with the seven-year-old having completed just two career starts over fences in January this year.
Drumacoo joined Pauling in December 2015 having not raced since 20 November 2014 and he began life at his new stable with a 36-length demolition of the field in a novice chase at Huntingdon before finishing fourth behind Vyta Du Roc in the Grade 2 Sodexo Reynoldstown Novices' Chase at Ascot.
"Drumacoo is in good fettle," said Pauling. "We are loving the fact it is raining and it will need to continue to do so as soft ground is important.
"He was very impressive first time out for us at Huntingdon and then at Ascot he was fourth in the Reynoldstown but wasn't right when he came home, so there is every chance he wasn't right during the race.
"He is the unknown quantity and I think when he is 100 per cent, he is good. We haven't got many horses in the yard with the ability he has, but he is very fragile.
Pauling is also looking to run Local Show, who demonstrated vast improvement when winning two novice chase events before finishing seventh in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
"Local Show is likely to run as well. He is probably best going right-handed but he has been schooling very well.
"I always think the Hennessy is won by a very progressive horse and, considering he improved the best part of two stone last season, I just wonder how much more improvement is there, but obviously we are hoping he runs a good race."