Week 47 horse racing news
Trainer Ferdy Murphy is content with Big Fella Thanks’s progress in the training for the Hennessy Gold Cup on Saturday. Murphy has won the race before and will try to recreate this 1992 win with Sibton Abbey. Murphy stated that Big Fella Thanks is in top form and will have good chance at with the low weighs he’s been allocated with by saying: “He is a smashing horse to have in the yard. He is in tremendous form and we are looking forward to it. With the low weight he will think he is loose.”
The Grade 2 Sportingbet.com Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury will consist out eight runners only, after only seven runners were declared to try and have a go against Big Buck’s, the 174 rated 7 year old gelding who’s believed to have an undisputed chance at the run. The only horse near Big Buck’s rating is the French 8 year old gelding who’s rated 154 and probably the only contender to pose a threat over Big Buck’s chances in the Grade 2 race.
The successful 6 year old hurdler Restless Harry is said to be in top shape after coming third to Silviniaco Conti in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot 4 days ago. Trainer for Restless Harry, Robin Dickin stated he’s pleased with the horse’s performance and current 149 rating and believes in the horse’s abilities to cope with the 3 mile Relkeel at Cheltenham on December 11 no matter what the going will be.
Trainer for Forpadydeplasterer, Thomas Cooper, believes he will have a good chance in the William Hill King George VI Chase at Kempton given a dry run. The 8 year old never managed to stand up to his last win in 2009 Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham, coming 2nd in his last 7 starts. Trainer admits he’s a bit disappointed but still holds hopes his hurdler will bash with four-time King George winner Kauto Star.