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Bobs camp acknowledge task

Part-owner Malcolm Kimmins feels Bobs Worth faces a "big ask" in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on Saturday.

The Nicky Henderson-trained eight-year-old was a brilliant winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, but was beaten out of sight on his seasonal reappearance in the Betfair Chase at Haydock last month.

Kimmins 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.

"It's a very tough race and we'll just have to wait and see what happens."

Henderson felt the track at Haydock did not play to Bobs Worth's strengths and believes Leopardstown should be more to his liking.

"It's a bit more of a galloping track than Haydock and that should suit him better. He seems very well," said the champion trainer.