Leading jockey Barry Geraghty believes that the state of the going in the Cheltenham Gold Cup will have a huge bearing on whether Bobs Worth can defend his crown this March.
Nicky Henderson’s stable star bounced back to form with an impressive display in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas and his sensational turn of foot in Ireland helped banish the memory of his dismal display in the Betfair Chase earlier this season.
Despite the fact Bobs Worth got his head in front in the 2013 Gold Cup, Geraghty believes that the ground was too soft for the star that day and he’ll be hoping for quicker conditions this time around.
Geraghty explained: "The Lexus was a top-class race with all the form horses there, so it was a really good race."
"It was a good performance. He picked up well going to the last and quickened really well off the back of it.