Djakadam: among 23 left in Saturday's Hennessy at NewburyPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Buzz horse Djakadam now 4-1 for Hennessy
ANTE-POST Hennessy Gold Cup favourite Djakadam is now a general 4-1 for Saturday's race following the latest forfeit stage on Monday, which left 23 horses engaged.
Support for the Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old - bidding to become the first horse of that age to win the 3m2½f handicap - has seemingly grown in the past few days and the 10-1 on offer last week soon disappeared with Djakadam 5-1 over the weekend.
That price tumbled again on Monday and he is now 4-1 with most firms.
Optimism in his camp is high, although a tough task awaits with fellow leading contenders Many Clouds, Fingal Bay, Smad Place and Rocky Creek also standing their ground for the Hennessy on Monday.
Sam Winner, Don Cossack, Buywise and Easter Day, who ranged from 14-1 to 20-1 in the Hennessy betting, were not confirmed by connections.
The shortest-priced Hennessy favourite in recent years was the mighty Denman, who scored his second triumph in the race at 11-4 in 2009.
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