Harald all the rage for Hennessy

King Harald is as low as 7-1 favourite for the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup after weights for the November 26 feature were released.

King Harald is as low as 7-1 favourite for the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup after weights for the November 26 feature were released.

Mark Bradstock’s charge, who is set to make his seasonal bow at Cheltenham over the weekend, has been given 9st 11lb in the initial handicap for the Newbury event.

The seven-year-old’s attractive mark prompted Coral to make him their 7-1 market leader, with Ladbrokes and VC Bet going 8-1 about his chances.

VC Bet have the Nicky Henderson-trained Juveigneur as the joint favourite after the eight-year-old, a previous winner at the Cheltenham Festival, was given 10st 2lb.

Ollie Magern, recent winner of the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, has been allotted top weight of 11st 12lb in the three-mile-two-furlong event, with Keen Leader and last year’s winner Celestial Gold next best on 11st 9lb.

Tom George’s Lord Of Illusion is 9-1 with Coral after being given 10st 1lb, while former Stayers’ Hurdle winner Iris’s Gift has been given 10st 13lb after winning each of his three starts over fences this season.

Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Sir Rembrandt must shoulder 11st 4lb if he lines up for trainer Robert Alner.

Trabolgan, winner of last season’s Royal & SunAlliance Chase, has been allotted 11st.

Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup betting:

Coral bet: 7-1 King Harald, 9-1 Lord Of Illusion, 10-1 Iris’s Gift, Red Devil Robert, 11-1 Cornish Rebel, 12-1 Forget The Past, Our Vic, 14-1 Celestial Gold, Comply Or Die, Iris Bleu, Jack High, Juveigneur, Lord Transcend, 16-1 bar.

Ladbrokes bet: 8-1 King Harald, 9-1 Cornish Rebel, 10-1 Our Vic, 12-1 Juveigneur, 14-1 Ollie Magern, Forget The Past, Iris Bleu, Joes Edge, L’Ami, Lord Of Illusion, Lord Transcend, 16-1 bar.

VC Bet bet: 8-1 King Harald, Juveigneur, 10-1 Ollie Magern, Trabolgan, Cornish Rebel, Iris’s Gift, Red Devil Robert, 12-1 Our Vic, Lacdoudal, 14-1 Forget The Past, Lord Transcend, Kelami, 16-1 bar.

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