Bobs' connections desperate for prep run
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Cheltenham Trials Day on Saturday is in doubt due to the wintry weather, but the Hennessy Gold Cup winner would still run in the traditional Gold Cup trial if it was rescheduled for a later date.
Malcolm Kimmins, who heads up the syndicate who own him, The Not Afraid Partnership, said: "As far as we're concerned, everything has gone well since the Hennessy and it's all systems go for the weekend.
"Obviously that is up in the air due to the weather but, like everyone in racing, we're desperate for it to be on.
"Nicky Henderson has always said since the Hennessy that he'd have one more run before the Gold Cup, but obviously he does go well fresh as he went straight from winning the RSA Chase to the Hennessy without a run.
"He could go straight to the Gold Cup without a run as there's a lack of options.
"But I really hope that even if Saturday is abandoned they will do everything they can to save the meeting, as so many people have requested it.
"We really could do with an alternative if it is off."
The Arkle Chase scheduled to be held at Leopardstown on Sunday has been transferred to Saturday's card as part of a revision of the program for this weekend's two-day meeting.