Henderson excited by Hennessy
Nicky Henderson believes that Vyta Du Roc has the right profile for the Hennessy Gold Cup but is also hopeful of a big run from Triolo d'Alene.
Triolo D'Alene leads Nicky Henderson's team in exercise
The latter has already lifted Newbury's historic handicap when successful from a rating of 147 in 2013.
The nine-year-old has run just seven times since and is now rated just 3lbs higher but the Lambourn handler reported him to be in fine form following a racecourse gallop at the Berkshire venue.
"Looking at him in the paddock today, I was just pleased how he'd tightened up," he said.
"He can look big but for him, he's just tightening up nicely and with that under his belt and one more bit of work at home before Saturday week, I don't think we'll be far away fitness wise.
"Whether we're good enough or whether it goes well enough is another matter."
Triolo d'Alene was denied his intended prep run due to underfoot conditions but stablemate Vyta Du Roc has been out this season, finishing third at Aintree over hurdles behind Un Temps Pour Tout.
"From Aintree to here has done Vyta Du Roc good," he continued. "He was only just ready to go to Aintree and to build on it here again has done him a lot of good."
Henderson, who has won the race twice before with RSA Chase winners Bobs Worth and Trabolgan, believes the grey is the right type for the race.
"He was a good novice and at the start of their second season they've just got a little bit of a chance just to break in with the bigger boys. They are given that little window to see if they can progress and the top novices from last year do have a very good record in the race.
"He wasn't really a top novice but he did win a Reynoldstown. When Bobs Worth and Trabolgan won the Hennessy for us they really were top novices. Trabolgan was top-weight whereas Vyta is coming in at the bottom because he's not as good as them, there's no doubt about that but on the other hand that's why he's got that weight and it would be a nice weight to carry in the race.
"He looks well and I think he's very realistic."
When invited to split Vyta Du Roc (who is about 12/) and Triolo d'Alene (c.33s), he refused to do so.
"They both deserve to be running and they wouldn't be running if I didn't think they had good chances," he said.
"I love Triolo and it would be great to see him come back and win it again but if it was the younger horse we'd be very happy too."
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