Jessies targets Gold Cup

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Exciting chaser Jessies Dream is set for an imminent return to action in either the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown or the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park.

The nine-year-old won the Grade One Drinmore Novice Chase for trainer Gordon Elliott and owner David Johnson last season and was only narrowly beaten by compatriot Bostons Angel in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham.

He has not been seen since but Elliott remains hopeful he will return to Prestbury Park for a tilt at the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.

“He’s in good form and looks in good shape, so hopefully he’ll be ready to run soon,” said Elliott.

“He’ll either go for the Hennessy or the Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park for his first run back and that will tell us a lot more.

“We still hope he’ll go for the Gold Cup, but we’ll obviously have to see how he gets on next time.”

Jessies Dream is currently a best priced 25-1 for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the shortest of any Irish-trained horse.