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Bobs Worth part-owner Malcolm Kimmins says the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner can bounce back from his disappointing run at Haydock as he prepares for the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Saturday.
The eight-year-old struggled on his seasonal bow in the Betfair Chase at Haydock last month and looked well short of the form he displayed when winning the big race at the Cheltenham Festival last March.
The Nicky Henderson-trained star has now headed to Ireland for the Lexus Chase and Kimmins says the mood in the camp is upbeat.
He said: “Thankfully he got to the track in one piece, despite all the awful weather. I think we’d all rather have had nicer weather and a smoother journey, but he’s there and he’s fine, which is the main thing.
“I think it is a big ask, but this was the obvious race for him to go for and that’s where we are.
“The vibes are good and Nicky is happy with him, otherwise he wouldn’t be running.”
Kimmins is well aware that the Leopardstown race is a challenging proposition but is hopeful of a return to form for the horse.
“It’s a very tough race and we’ll just have to wait and see what happens,” he added.