Geraghty: Bobs is worth the wait

Geraghty: Bobs is worth the wait

Jockey Barry Geraghty would not swap Bobs Worth for anything else in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.

Geraghty has a strong affinity with the Gold Cup favourite and snapped him up as a yearling before selling him on to his boss, Nicky Henderson.

A few years down the line and Bobs Worth is now aiming for a piece of history by winning three different races at The Festival.

Having already bagged the Albert Bartlett and the RSA Chase, Henderson’s charge is now gunning for the biggest prize of them all off the back of just one run this season, a winning reappearance in the Hennessy.

“I think it’s irrelevant (that he hasn’t had a run),” Geraghty told At The Races.

“He’s had no hold-ups. He scoped badly but he never missed a day of work.

“He worked at Kempton a couple of weeks ago and went really well, he seems in great shape and I wouldn’t swap him.

“Myself and my brother bought him as a yearling and Nicky bought him off us so I’ve known him a long time.”

Henderson also thinks the lack of a recent run for Bobs Worth, who goes so well fresh, is not as big a deal as it would have been with many other horses.

“He missed a prep race, but the ground was so bad at the time – we’ve had soft ground since October,” he said.

“He’s a good horse. He’s proved he’s a Grade One winner as a novice, but not in this league.

“Then again, it’s a very open year.”

Malcolm Kimmins, Bobs Worth’s part-owner, is living the dream.

“I think he goes there with a favourite’s chance and it’s exciting times,” he said.

“The ground was pretty soft when he won the Hennessy and as long as there isn’t a torrential downpour I’m sure he’ll be fine.

“It is well documented he hasn’t run since the Hennessy, but everyone knows Nicky is a past master at getting horses to Cheltenham at their very best.”

Henderson also has an unbelievably strong second string to his bow in the shape of 2011 winner Long Run, who landed a second King George at Christmas.

“I think we’re happy, he came back and won the King George, it was a bit of an untidy one admittedly but he won it,” said the Seven Barrows handler.

“He likes Cheltenham and I do think he was a bit flat last year – I can’t say he is miles better this year, but I think he is better.

“The whole race has a look to it that there’s a very, very big door that’s wide open and inviting someone go through.

“There are a lot of very good horses but room for a star to come out of it.

“Long Run has got his King George back, he’s got to get his Gold Cup back and probably shouldn’t be twice the price of Bobs Worth.

“Everything is in good order, I just think it’s terribly open.”

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