IRISH Post columnist Dougie Costello will ride favourite Lord Windermere in tomorrow’s Hennessy Gold Cup after Robbie McNamara broke a collarbone.
Trainer Jim Culloty brought in Costello after McNamara’s fall just over 24 hours before the race at Newbury, 3pm Channel 4.
The seven-year-old Lord Windermere is aiming to emulate 2012 winner Bobs Worth in claiming both the Hennessy and the RSA Chase in the same year.
“He's got a brilliant chance and I'm really delighted to be asked,” said Costello.
“It was such a good ride and just one of those things. It's a great spare for me to pick up.”
Lord Windermere was quoted as a 25-1 chance for the 2014 Gold Cup in the wake of his triumph in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March earlier this year, and has been well supported ahead of the Hennessy.