Saturday 16 December 2017

Synchro is still on course for Gold rush

SYNCHRONISED will miss Sunday's Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown after failing to satisfy connections in the run-up to the Grade One.

The nine-year-old, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, joins the list of high-profile horses to miss the Irish showpiece, but the Lexus Chase winner remains on course for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

"Jonjo's not happy with him and he's not going to send him over for the race," said Frank Berry, racing manager to owner JP McManus.

"He won't run again before Cheltenham and hopefully Jonjo will get him right for the Gold Cup."

With Synchronised joining Jessies Dream and Quito De La Roque on the sidelines, there is at least positive news coming out of Jessica Harrington's yard regarding Bostons Angel.

Last year's RSA Chase winner has disappointed so far this season but is being fitted with head gear on Sunday in an attempt to revitalise him and it seems to be working at home.

Harrington tweeted: "Bostons Angel schooled excellent with check pieces on this morning. "Full steam ahead for the Hennessy on Sunday."

Nicky Henderson has entered Binocular, who may be a runner at Gowran Park next week instead, Oscar Whisky and Simonsig in the Victor Chandler Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso on Wednesday.

Henderson has made no secret of the fact that he is running out of options for his star two-mile hurdlers and Binocular was due to run at Sandown last week before it was abandoned.

The Seven Barrows handler may be wary of a trip to the Borders track, however, as he sent Zaynar up for the same race in 2010, only for him to come up short at odds of 1/14 against Quwetwo. Zaynar did finish third in the Champion Hurdle the following month.

The three Henderson entries are among 16 with Brian Ellison's Marsh Warbler and Donald McCain's Desert Cry given the option, although both have been declared in tomorrow's Betfair Hurdle.

Cape Tribulation, Local Hero and Nicky Richards' Simply Ned, on a four-timer, are other interesting possibles.

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