Trainer John ‘Shark’ Hanlon has confessed he’d “travel the world” for a horse like his Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup contender, Hewick, found in a local sale “five minutes down the road.”
Hewick: The Tough Contender
Describing the nine-year-old Hewick as “tough as nails,” Hanlon marvels at the horse’s resilience, having earned over £600,000 despite costing just €850.
Buzz in the Yard
Hanlon and his team are buzzing with excitement as they gear up for a second bid for Gold Cup success, with Hewick leading the charge and inspiring the entire yard.
A Remarkable Journey
Purchased at a nearby sale in Goresbridge, Hewick has soared to victory in prestigious races like the American Grand National and the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase.
Hanlon’s Insights and Plans
Hanlon highlights Hewick’s versatility and resilience, expressing confidence in their upcoming Gold Cup bid and considering future races like the English Grand National.
Optimism Despite Challenges
Reflecting on Hewick’s past performances and potential, Hanlon remains optimistic, acknowledging the challenges of adapting tactics and managing ground preferences.
With regular jockey Jordan Gainford injured, Hanlon weighs his options, considering riders like Gavin Sheehan and Rachael Blackmore to guide Hewick to victory.