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Bobs Worth will bypass Newbury but Deputy Dan set to show up

Updated: Friday, 28 Feb 2014 18:28 | Comments

Bobs Worth has run just twice since his win in last season's Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival
Bobs Worth has run just twice since his win in last season's Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival

Bobs Worth will gear up for his Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup defence with a spin on the Lambourn gallops on Sunday.

Nicky Henderson had been considering the possibility of sending the reigning champion to Newbury for a racecourse gallop, but testing ground at the Berkshire venue has forced the trainer into a rethink.

Bobs Worth, leading Crabbie's Grand National contender Triolo D' Alene and Tolworth Hurdle winner Royal Boy will instead be in action on the Mandown gallops.

Henderson said: "I don't think we want to be galloping on this ground, so we're allowed to go to Mandown instead."

The Seven Barrows handler took 16 inmates to Kempton for a gallop on Friday morning, with BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase contender Captain Conan and JLT Novices' Chase fancy Oscar Whisky among the party.

"It all went well, there were no dramas. A couple had a good blow and there were some good times," said Henderson.

"Oscar Whisky went well, and Captain Conan went well."

One trainer who will be working horses at Newbury is Oliver Sherwood.

Deputy Dan is the star name in the team heading for the course on Sunday, although Sherwood revealed he is yet to make a decision about his Cheltenham Festival target.

After winning on the Welsh National card, Deputy Dan went on to Grade Two honours at Warwick on 11 January.

"I'm going to bring a couple here on Sunday, but I don't want to bottom them by asking them to do too much on this ground," said the Rhonehurst handler.

"I'd just like him to get in the box and have a day away as he hasn't had a run for a few weeks.

"I apologise to anyone doing ante-post betting but it will be a last minute decision for Cheltenham - he's in the Neptune and the Albert Bartlett and will be left in both."

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