Tullamore camp hoping Dew won’t fall again

Shantou Village on the way to another Fontwell victory / Picture by Clive Bennett

Village people are happy again at Fontwell

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Tullamore Dew will this afternoon bid to put Paddy Power pain behind him.

Nick Gifford’s nine-year-old chaser is set to face 17 rivals in the Grade 3 Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury (3.10pm).

The son of Pistolet Bleu is a best-priced 25/1 for the prestigious £150,000 contest in Berkshire.

However, his fall at the 11th fence in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham earlier this month has left Tullamore Dew with plenty to prove.

A Fontwell winner over both hurdles and fences, the 140-rated chaser will carry 10st this afternoon.

He will receive 9lb from Paddy Power winner Great Endeavour and 10lb from Aiteen Thirtythree – the market leaders.

Meanwhile, popular owner Andy Stewart has enlisted the help of trainers Gifford, Richard Rowe and Paul Nicholls as he plots an assault on the December Gold Cup.

Stewart is determined to win the race he sponsors on behalf of charity Spinal Research.

And he is preparing four horses for battle.

Poquelin, trained by Nicholls, has won the past two renewals of the race and is expected to bid for a hat-trick.

Stable companion Ghizao may also run on December 10, along with the Rowe-trained Tatenen and Nomecheki from the yard of Gifford.

Stewart said: ‘This is a cause close to my heart and a high-profile sponsorship seemed a great opportunity to help promote such a tremendous fundraising challenge.

‘We have won it for the past two years with Poquelin and he will return to Cheltenham.

‘He’s gone down a couple of pounds for unseating in the Paddy Power Gold Cup but he’s still rated 168 and will keep the weights down for the rest of the field.

‘I imagine Ghizao will also go for the race and will probably be the preferred mount of Ruby Walsh.

‘I also intend to run Tatenen and probably Nomecheki, who may head to Aintree for the Sefton Handicap Chase next weekend to see if he is a potential Grand National horse or not.’

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