Cheltenham countdown: Derek O'Connor unsure of Edwulf appointment

Thu 1 Mar 2018
Dublin Racing Festival - Day Two - Leopardstown Races O'Connor won the Irish Gold Cup on Edwulf (PA)

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Derek O'Connor will have to wait and see if he is to continue his association with Edwulf in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The leading amateur jockey gained a first Grade One success when guiding the Joseph O'Brien-trained gelding to a surprise victory in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in early February.

O'Connor was also at the helm when the nine-year-old collapsed after being pulled up following the final fence in the National Hunt Challenge Cup at Cheltenham last March.

Edwulf made a remarkable recovery but did not complete the course on his comeback run in the Leopardstown Christmas Chase.

He is owned by JP McManus, whose retained rider Barry Geraghty chose Anibale Fly in the Irish Gold Cup.

Geraghty is again likely to have the pick of McManus' possibles in the Gold Cup which currently stands at four - Edwulf, Anibale Fly, Coney Island and Minella Rocco.

"I don't know if I'll be riding him," said O'Connor. "Joseph has confirmed him a runner, which is good, but a lot will depend on what Barry Geraghty wants to do."

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