Funky Dady will bid to report an elusive Irish-trained success within the Paddy Energy Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.
Eight months on from the raiding occasion’s dominance of the Competition, Denis Hogan’s Funky Dady might turn out to be the primary Irish-trained winner of this weekend’s characteristic for the reason that Tranquil Sea struck gold for Edward O’Grady in 2009.
A creditable fourth within the Munster Nationwide at Limerick on his newest look, the six-year-old is an outsider at 50-1 – however Hogan believes his cost might outrun his odds.
“It is a huge ask, however the horse would not know find out how to run a nasty race in equity,” mentioned the coach.
“He will get in off a lightweight weight. I suppose he’ll want to leap a bit higher to be concerned – there will not be any room for error spherical there.
“He is very nicely in himself and has had a great clean up for the reason that Munster Nationwide.
“I am trying ahead to it – I feel he’ll be working on nicely up the hill.”
Hogan can be set to be represented in Sunday’s Unibet Greatwood Hurdle, with Bua Boy an fascinating contender after ending second in equally aggressive handicaps at Galway and Listowel.
Whereas 7lb claimer Shane Mulcahy is about to maintain the trip on Funky Dady, Hogan himself can be on board Bua Boy as he bids for his first Cheltenham winner.
He added: “It’s totally aggressive, however our horse has carried out nothing improper all yr. He simply bought nabbed in Galway and the shape from the Listowel race has labored out very nicely.
“I am going to trip him myself and I am actually trying ahead to it.
“I have not ridden a winner in Cheltenham and I am banking on this lad as time is working out!”