Caspian Caviar Gold Cup
Handicap Chase, Cheltenham
Grade 3, £105,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 4f 127y, Class 1  
Saturday 12th December 2020

Master Tommytucker and Simply The Betts top the weights on 11st 12lb for the £105,000 G3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.

The prestigious handicap chase takes place over an extended two and a half miles on the New Course at Cheltenham on the second day of The International, Saturday, 12 December.

Master Tommytucker, one of six contenders for Paul Nicholls, the most successful trainer in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup with five wins, was imperious on his latest start when trouncing Good Boy Bobby (Nigel Twiston-Davies, 11st 1lb) by 15 lengths in a graduation chase at Haydock Park on 21 November.

Paddy Power Gold Cup hero Coole Cody (Evan Williams) has been allotted 10st 12lb in his quest to become just the fourth horse in 57 years to win The November Meeting centrepiece and Caspian Caviar Gold Cup in the same season. The three horses to complete the double were Pegwell Bay (1988), Senor El Betrutti (1997) and Exotic Dancer (2006).

The Paddy Power Gold Cup form is well represented, with five of the six other finishers engaged - Al Dancer (Nigel Twiston-Davies, 11st 9lb), Kauto Riko (Tom Gretton, 10st 11lb), Sky Pirate (Jonjo O’Neill, 10st 3lb), Simply The Betts (Harry Whittington) and Aso (Venetia Williams, 11st 10lb).

Coole Cody
Coole Cody (noseband) winning the Paddy Power Gold Cup

The 2019 Paddy Power Gold Cup heroine Happy Diva (Kerry Lee) has been allotted 11st 4lb. She could attempt to become the sixth horse to win the Paddy Power Gold Cup and Caspian Caviar Gold Cup but in different seasons after Fondmort (PP 2003, CCGC 2002), Dublin Flyer (PP 1995, CCGC 1994), Another Coral (PP 1991, CCGC 1992), Beau Ranger (PP 1987, CCGC 1984) and Fifty Dollars More (PP 1982, CCGC 1983).

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Northern challenger Windsor Avenue (Brian Ellison, 11st 3lb) is set to make his handicap debut after an encouraging second behind form horse Imperial Aura in the Listed Colin Parker Memorial Chase at Carlisle on 2 November.

The unexposed Windsor Avenue, who underwent wind surgery during the summer, has racked up six wins and four seconds from a dozen starts under Rules. 

Trainer Brian Ellison said of the eight-year-old: “At the moment, Windsor Avenue definitely runs in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.

“He won his first two chases nicely last season and then he had a problem with his wind. 

“We eventually sorted that over the summer - he had a soft palate hobday - and we were very pleased with what saw at Carlisle for a first run back.

“Overall, I thought the Colin Parker looked a good race and the form seems to be working out that way given what the winner did at Ascot [won in G2 company on 21 November].

“That run definitely brought our lad on a bit and it will be interesting to see how gets on in a handicap. Touch wood, his jumping is great and he won’t be ridden too far away anyway. 

“I will be going there expecting a big run, as I think a lot of him and always have done.”

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Two horses who were in winning action at Newbury last week, Clondaw Castle (Tom George, 11st 10lb) and Caribean Boy (Nicky Henderson, 11st 9lb), are towards the head of the weights.

Other high profile contenders include Caribean Boy’s stablemate Mister Fisher (11st 10lb), who pulled up when fancied for the Paddy Power Gold Cup, plus recent Ascot handicap scorers First Flow (Kim Bailey, 11st 9lb) and Espoir de Guye (Venetia Williams, 11st 5lb).

Chatham Street Lad (Michael Winters), the sole Irish-trained contender, has been given 10st 10lb after winning a handicap chase at Cork on 22 November.

The next acceptance stage for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup is on Monday, 7 December when the entries for the other contests on day two of The International, headed by the £112,000 G2 Unibet International Hurdle, will also be known.

The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup
£105,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 4f 127y, Class 1
37 entries
The next acceptance stage is on Monday, 7 December

Animal Age Owner Trainer
Master Tommytucker (GB) 9 Mr A. G. Fear Paul Nicholls
Simply The Betts (IRE) 7 Kate & Andrew Brooks Harry Whittington
Cepage (FR) 8 The Bellamy Partnership Venetia Williams
Mister Fisher (IRE) 6 James and Jean Potter Nicky Henderson
Aso (FR) 10 The Bellamy Partnership Venetia Williams
Al Dancer (FR) 7 Walters Plant Hire Ltd Nigel Twiston-Davies
First Flow (IRE) 8 Mr A. N. Solomons Kim Bailey
Clondaw Castle (IRE) 8 J French, D McDermott, S Nelson, T Syder Tom George
Happy Diva (IRE) 9 Mr Will Roseff Kerry Lee
Modus (GB) 10 Mr John P. McManus Paul Nicholls
Espoir de Guye (FR) 6 Mrs J. Hitchings Venetia Williams
Grand Sancy (FR) 6 Martin Broughton Racing Partners Paul Nicholls
Huntsman Son (IRE) 10 Mrs Wendy Wesley Alex Hales
Midnight Shadow (GB) 7 Mrs Aafke Clarke Sue Smith
Windsor Avenue (IRE) 8 Phil & Julie Martin Brian Ellison
Saint Sonnet (FR) 5 Mr Colm Donlon Paul Nicholls
Good Boy Bobby (IRE) 7 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
Southfield Stone (GB) 7 Mrs Angela Hart & Mrs Angela Yeoman Paul Nicholls
Drumconnor Lad (IRE) 10 Mr David Keys & Mrs Breda Keatley Adrian Keatley
Caribean Boy (FR) 6 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
Coole Cody (IRE) 9 Mr W. Clifford Evan Williams
Two Taffs (IRE) 10 Walters Plant Hire & Potter Group Nigel Twiston-Davies
Benatar (IRE) 8 Mr Ashley Head Gary Moore
Kauto Riko (FR) 9 Mr and Mrs J.Dale and Partners Tom Gretton
Annie Mc (IRE) 6 Coral Champions Club Jonjo O'Neill
Champagne Mystery (IRE) 6 Mr Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson
Romain de Senam (FR) 8 Chris Giles Dan Skelton
Militarian (GB) 10 Mr Andrew J. Martin Andrew Martin
Templepark (GB) 7 Mrs Carolyn Kendrick Fergal O'Brien
Musical Slave (IRE) 7 Mr John P. McManus Philip Hobbs
Whatswrongwithyou (IRE) 9 Seven Barrows Limited Nicky Henderson
Sully D'oc AA (FR) 6 Mr John P. McManus Anthony Honeyball
Sky Pirate (GB) 7 Mr M. Tedham Jonjo O'Neill
Cut The Mustard (FR) 8 Sullivan Bloodstock Limited Paul Nicholls
Chatham Street Lad (IRE) 8 Mr V. Healy Michael Winters
Mengli Khan (IRE) 7 Mr M. A. R. Blencowe Nicky Henderson
Ibis du Rheu (FR) 9 Mr D. W. Fox Richard Hobson