It’s once again been an incredible year for Paul Nicholls and things look set to get even better for the trainer this Saturday.
Aiteen Thirtythree heads the field going into the Hennessy Gold Cup and can be backed at 11/2 to come away from Newbury with the win.
The seven-year-old has had a hugely encouraging year building up to this race and placed a very decent second at behind Somersby at Kempton last month.
Ruby Walsh will once again be in the saddle for this race and co-owner Andy Stewart is confident of his chances.
Speaking to the Racing Post, he said: “He seems to like Newbury, the distance will be absolutely fine and the going will be absolutely fine.”
The favourite won’t have things all his own way though and Great Endeavour currently looks a great price at 6/1.
The David Pipe-trained horse has been in brilliant form this year and swept to a convincing victory in the Paddy Power Gold Cup a fortnight ago.
The rain needs to hold off for the grey to be a contender but, with no rain forecast in the Newbury area and the going set to be good to soft in most places, the seven-year old will pose a significant threat.
Meanwhile, Nicholls will also be entering Michel Le Bon who is priced at 6/1 and the Trevor Hemmings-owned Wymott will also run.
However, Wymott has done most of his winning on soft ground and he may need a change in conditions if he’s to get his second win of the year.