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Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup
Grade 1, Cheltenham 15:30
£575,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 2f 70y, Class 1  
Friday 17th March 2017

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Thistlecrack
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Thistlecrack

Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite Thistlecrack will miss the remainder of the campaign after suffering a tendon injury.

The dominant force in the staying hurdle division last season, the Colin Tizzard-trained nine-year-old won his first four starts over fences, including a scintillating victory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Despite suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of the ill-fated Many Clouds in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham at the end of January, he remained at the head of the betting for the blue riband on March 17, but he will not line up at Prestbury Park next month.

Native River
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Native River

Thistlecrack's Hennessy Gold Cup, Welsh Grand National and Denman Chase-winning stable companion Native River is the new favourite, just ahead of fellow Venn Farm inmate Cue Card.

The 28 remaining Timico Gold Cup confirmations also included G1 Lexus Chase scorer Outlander (Gordon Elliott IRE, 180) and Sizing John (Jessica Harrington, 179), who relished the step up to three miles in the G1 Irish Gold Cup on February 12.

Besides Outlander, Gordon Elliott and owner Gigginstown House Stud also combine with Don Poli (178), last year's third, Irish Gold Cup runner-up Empire Of Dirt (178) and Roi Des Francs.

Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
£575,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 2f 70y, Class 1
28 remaining entries
£27,500 supplementary entry stage & six-day confirmation stage March 11. Final 48-hour declaration stage, 10.00am, March 15. Maximum number of runners - 24.  

Horse Age Owner Trainer
ARCTIC SKIPPER (IRE) 8 L Halley Vincent Halley IRE
BLAKLION 8 S Such & CG Paletta Nigel Twiston-Davies 
BRISTOL DE MAI (FR) 6 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies 
CHAMPAGNE WEST (IRE) 9 Roger Brookhouse Henry de Bromhead IRE
CUE CARD 11 Jean Bishop Colin Tizzard 
DJAKADAM (FR) 8 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
DON POLI (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
EMPIRE OF DIRT (IRE) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
FINE RIGHTLY (IRE) 9 Patricia Duffin Stuart Crawford IRE
IRISH CAVALIER (IRE) 8 A McIver Rebecca Curtis 
LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) 11 Dr Ronan Lambe Jim Culloty IRE
MINELLA ROCCO (IRE) 7 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill 
MORE OF THAT (IRE) 9 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill 
NATIVE RIVER (IRE) 7 Brocade Racing Colin Tizzard 
OUTLANDER (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE) 10 ISL Recruitment Fergal O'Brien 
ROAD TO RICHES (IRE) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE 
ROI DES FRANCS (FR) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE 
SAPHIR DU RHEU (FR) 8 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls 
SAUSALITO SUNRISE (IRE) 9 Diana Whateley Philip Hobbs 
SIZING JOHN 7 Ann & Alan Potts Partnership Jessica Harrington IRE
SMAD PLACE (FR) 10 Mrs Peter Andrews Alan King 
SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
TEA FOR TWO 8 Jane Williams & Len Jakeman Nick Williams 
THEATRE GUIDE (IRE) 10 Jean Bishop Colin Tizzard 
THISTLECRACK 9 WITHDRAWN Colin Tizzard 
VEZELAY (FR) 8 P Joubert Emmanuel Clayeux FR 
VROUM VROUM MAG (FR) 8 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
ZABANA (IRE) 8 Chris Jones Andrew Lynch IRE