Jack takes Hennessy test

Texas Jack will tackle three miles for only the second time in his career in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Noel Meade's eight-year-old finished a well beaten third on his only previous attempt at the distance in the 2012 Topaz Novice Chase at the Foxrock track, but has made significant progress since.

He was last seen winning the Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles, defeating Baily Green and intended Hennessy starter Last Instalment, and Meade believes his charge has earned a crack at a major prize.

He said: "He definitely runs. I don't know if he'll stay the trip but we are going to try anyway.

"It's probably too heavy for him at the moment but we've made a decision to go and that's what we'll do."

Ante-post support has continued to come for Tidal Bay after Paul Nicholls confirmed the veteran a starter in the hands of Ruby Walsh and the 13-year-old is now a clear second favourite behind First Lieutenant.