Neptune Collonges – Cheltenham hopeful
Neptune Collonges pulled a magnificent performance out the bag, thrilling spectators with a breathtaking victory in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, which was held at Leopardstown on the 15th of February 2009. Now, mere days away from one of the most celebrated events in jumps racing, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, both jockey and owner believe that Neptune Collonges has improved enough to give his legendary stable mates a run for their money, and possibly win.
Trained by the famous Paul Nicholls, Neptune Collonges is receiving the best training and guidance, but it also means that he will have Kauto Star and Denman to contend with. Lately, Neptune Collonges has been holding his own, and showing spectacular jumps racing talent during training and in racing events, as he did at Leopardstown. His third place finish in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last year, proves that he definitely has what it takes to be a top contender at this level.
Owner John Hales has confidence in Neptune Collognes, but does not dismiss the abilities of Kauto Star and Denman, commenting: "I do think Neptune has a very good chance. He's got be second favorite to Kauto Star.” Christian Williams will be teamed up with Neptune Collonges for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and he is extremely excited to be in the saddle. Williams, who has been training with Neptune Collonges, describes him as an easy going horse and does not foresee any trouble on race day. Everyone suspects that Kauto Star will be in top form for the event, and that Denman is still a very formidable competitor to look out for. But Neptune Collognes has been improving with every racing meeting, and those near to him firmly believe that he stands a very good chance at victory.
With race day drawing near and competitors getting ready for the event of the year, excitement and tension can be felt everywhere, with the jockeys, trainers, owners and loyal fans. No doubt the grandstand will be filled with spectators waiting in anticipation to see the battle for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and to cheer on their favorite horse.