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    L’Homme Presse Prepared to Lead British Challenge in Gold Cup
L’Homme Presse Prepared to Lead British Challenge in Gold Cup
L’Homme Presse jumping over a hurdle at Fairyhouse. Source: Healy Racing

L’Homme Presse Prepared to Lead British Challenge in Gold Cup

Witnessing last year’s Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup unfold, connections of L’Homme Presse were mere spectators. Now, a year on, the responsibility falls on this nine-year-old to champion the British cause in the prestigious event.

With Irish contenders dominating the betting markets, Venetia Williams’ charge aims to stand tall for the home team. Having previously triumphed in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, L’Homme Presse’s absence in last year’s Cotswolds action due to injury was a setback. However, a triumphant return at Lingfield’s Fleur De Lys Chase showcased his enduring strength.

Although a recent outing in the Ascot Chase didn't go according to plan, trainer Venetia Williams remains unfazed by the defeat to the swift Pic D’Orhy. Reflecting on the race, Williams noted that the conditions were not ideal for L’Homme Presse, emphasizing the need for a stamina test over a speed challenge. Recalling Teeton Mill’s Gold Cup bid in 1999, Williams is hopeful that history won't repeat itself and that L’Homme Presse will put up a strong performance in the upcoming challenge.

Meanwhile, Paul Nicholls, the first trainer to secure Gold Cup victories with See More Business, Kauto Star, and Denman, is optimistic about Bravemansgame's prospects. Despite setbacks earlier in the season, Nicholls believes the star stayer is in prime condition for the upcoming race. Reflecting on last year's performance, Nicholls anticipates a better showing this time around and trusts jockey Harry Cobden to devise a winning strategy.

Further enhancing the Gold Cup lineup is The Real Whacker, trained by Patrick Neville, who clinched victory in the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase in 2023. Neville is confident in The Real Whacker's abilities and hopes for an improved performance in the upcoming challenge. Additionally, Corach Rambler, a dual Ultima winner eyeing the Grand National defence, and Gary Moore’s Welsh Grand National victor Nassalam are set to add further excitement to the prestigious event.

With an array of contenders vying for glory, the stage is set for an exhilarating showdown at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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