Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup
|Grade 1, Cheltenham 15:30
3m 2f 70y, Class 1
|Friday 17th March 2017|
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|