Tuesday 12 December 2017

Connell considering Foxrock for Festival's blue-riband race

Foxrock and trainer Ted Walsh
Foxrock and trainer Ted Walsh

Owner Barry Connell is still "actively considering" whether to stump up £27,500 to supplement Foxrock for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The Ted Walsh-trained seven-year-old has progressed out of handicaps to beat all bar Carlingford Lough in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown earlier this month.

Quoted around the 12-1 mark, Foxrock would be far from making up the numbers in the feature race of the season.

"The Gold Cup option is still open," said Connell.

"We don't have to supplement him until the Saturday before, March 7.

"We are still actively considering it and at this stage it is still a possibility.

"I don't think we'll make the final call until we have to if I'm honest, we'll just see how he is."

Connell also has the likes Champagne James, The Tullow Tank and Gwencily Berbas in his Cheltenham team, but it is his Albert Bartlett runner he is most looking forward to.

"All the others are grand, I really fancy Martello Tower and think he's my bet of the meeting," said Connell.

Martello Tower can be backed at 16-1 with Ladbrokes.

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