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Fenton refuses to rule out Ryanair Chase for Hennessy hero Last Instalment

Philip Fenton is refusing to rule out the Ryanair Chase for stable star Last Instalment.

Sunday’s Hennessy Gold Cup hero powered to the forefront of the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting with a sensational display in Sunday’s Grade One at Leopardstown and he is now on course for a trip to Prestbury Park.

The Gold Cup remains the more tempting engagement, but Fenton is also considering the Ryanair, whose chief executive is Last Instalment's owner, Michael O'Leary.  The handler also confirmed that the Irish raider would only run at the meeting if there was enough cut in the ground with Last Instalment’s long list of injuries in mind.

The trainer explained: "It was a fantastic performance. We weren't expecting that.

"He's absolutely fine today. That part of it is very important and he's out in the paddock for a couple of hours.

"Cheltenham, if the ground is okay, is the next plan. I don't know which race yet. We'll wait until closer to the time.

"The Gold Cup looks the obvious one, but we're not going to rule out the Ryanair either.”

Meanwhile, jockey Ruby Walsh admitted he was thoroughly impressed with Last Instalment’s Hennessy Gold Cup victory and the jockey believes that he is now very much in the Gold Cup mix.

Walsh added:  "It was a really, really good performance from Last Instalment but it was a muddling race, we didn't go a great gallop for the first mile. He was quite keen, up there all the way and it's not an easy place to make the running over three miles. He jumped brilliantly for Brian O'Connell.

"You'd have to imagine if Ireland has got any chance of winning the Gold Cup then it would be with Last Instalment."


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