A superbly timed ride by Barry Geraghty ensured that Troilo D’Alene won for us at odds of 20/1. A big win in a big race and at a big price.
What’s more, those who also bet each way on Merry King with the bookies paying out on the first five past the post, were also in the money as that one finished a gallant fifth.
Calling the winner of a big field handicap is never easy. Especially at this relatively early stage of the jumps season. But Triolo D’Alene shone out at me as a Nicky Henderson horse that was well handicapped and which had finished a creditable third at Ascot earlier in November. I told members I fancied both that one and Merry King to finish ahead of the horse that beat them that day, Houblon Des Obeaux – and they did just that.
I watched the Hennessy Gold Cup unfold at Newbury via a big screen at Newcastle racecourse. My eyes were fixed on the yellow colours worn by Geraghty aboard Triolo D’Alene. The pair looked to be going well and running with something in hand as they approached the home straight. Triolo D’Alene won with plenty to spare. And that may be a negative for his chances of winning the Grand National next year. The handicapper is sure to raise the horse to a level which is likely to be a disadvantage come the off at Aintree.
But that is for another day.
Right now certain members of VG Tips have banked their winnings on another profitable day at the races which also saw returns on the winners Valdez, Kings Apollo and My Tent or Yours. Plus some each way placed profit on 14/1 runner up Shotavodka.
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