Turf Talk: Gold Cup perhaps too-soon-a target as Vroum Vroum Mag revs up for seasonal bow

Rugby Walsh
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Ruby Walsh feels Newbury’s Hennessy Gold Cup could come too soon for Vroum Vroum Mag as the exciting mare prepares to make her seasonal reappearance at Clonmel today.

The Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old barely came off the bridle in winning each of her five starts over fences last season and will make her first competitive start since April in tomorrow’s European Breeders Fund TA Morris Memorial Mares Chase.

She is as short as 8-1 for the Hennessy on November 28, but Walsh is unsure whether she will make the trip across the Irish Sea.

“I know Vroum Vroum Mag is short in the betting for the Hennessy Gold Cup, but she will run on Thursday at Clonmel as the conditions there suit her,” said Walsh.

“Hopefully she’ll be ready to run and is in good form. It may be too soon to run in the Hennessy after that.

“She has summered really well and it looks an ideal starting point for her.

“She ran in the mares’ chases last year and could not have been any more impressive.

“She’s rated 153 so she’s probably not high enough to step up to Grade One chases, and she’s probably hard enough to find Grade Two races for, so it is hard to know where to place her.”

Vroum Vroum Mag faces just three rivals at Grade Three level on Thursday.

Jimmy Mangan saddles Perfect Promise, who only made it as far as the fourth fence before coming to grief when favourite for last month’s Munster National at Limerick.

Mangan said: “Adrian Heskin schooled her the other day and it went incredibly well. There are no effects from the fall.

“Other than that she’s in good form.

“The ground is on the soft side for her, but she has acted on it before, so I’m not overly worried.

“It will take something of a miracle to beat Vroum Vroum Mag.”