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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

Tizzard set for a good Crack at the Gold Cup

Nov 28 In a weekend once more dominated by the increasingly buoyant Colin Tizzard stable, there have been all sorts of ramifications for the antepst Cheltenham Festival markets. Over the past week to ten days, the Devon yard has seen not one, not two, but three horses cut in the betting for jump racing's Blue Riband, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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In the wake of Cue Card's stunning Betfair Chase win on November 19, the most notable movement at the head of the Gold Cup betting this week was the flawless performance from Thistlecrack in the Worcester Novices' Chase at Newbury on Saturday (November 26). He had caused a few heart palpitations for his supporters when winning on his previous outing at Cheltenham, having jumped boldly almost to the point of foolhardiness. Even this hadn't deterred many as he still traded at 4.80 on Betfair Exchange on the eve of his Newbury assignment, but a totally assured round of jumping on his way to his third win over fences has convinced a few more doubters. He is now available to back at no bigger than 4.30 on the exchange.

An even bigger mover was his stable companion Native River, who was a most impressive winner of the weekend's feature race, the Hennessy Gold Cup. A Grade 1 winning Novice last season, his trainer has strongly hinted that he isn't in the same league as either Thistlecrack or Cue Card, but this relentless galloper keeps delivering on track. Despite being headed into the home straight, Native River stuck his head down and surged to the line at Newbury in the style of a genuine Gold Cup contender. Previously available to good money at odds as high as 55.00 he is now well and truly established in the betting at around the 21.00 mark.

Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 2016
£575,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 2f 70y, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Good

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Don Cossack (GER) 9/4f B J Cooper
G Elliott 9
2nd Djakadam (FR) 9/2 R Walsh
W P Mullins 7
3rd 10 Don Poli (IRE) 9/2 D N Russell
W P Mullins 7
4th 7 Carlingford Lough (IRE) 25/1 B J Geraghty
J E Kiely 10
5th nse Irish Cavalier (IRE) 66/1 P Townend
Miss R Curtis 7
6th 16 Smad Place (FR) 10/1 Wayne Hutchinson
A King 9
7th 15 O'Faolains Boy (IRE) 40/1 N D Fehily
Miss R Curtis 9
8th On His Own (IRE) 50/1 Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins 12
F Cue Card 5/2 P J Brennan
C L Tizzard 10
NR Road To Riches (IRE) 12/1 Non Runner
N Meade 9