Article Date: 30-October-2013
A total of 49 entries (up from 44 in 2012) are revealed today for the Paddy Power Gold Cup on Saturday, November 16th at Cheltenham.
Nicky Henderson is responsible for seven entries this year, the most of any trainer, which are headed by 2012 Queen Mother Champion Chase victor Finian's Rainbow (14/1 with Paddy Power), Captain Conan (10/1), a triple Grade One winner in novice company last season, Rajdhani Express (10/1), successful in the Listed Rewards4Racing Novices' Handicap Chase at The Festival in 2013, and the mare Nadiya De La Vega (16/1), who was third last year. His three other entries are Kid Cassidy (16/1), Triolo d'Alene (14/1) and Ma Filleule (16/1).
Henderson said: "This weekend, we will find out where we are with the horses because the first of what I would call the main bunch will be running. I have no doubt that some of them will get tired, but there is still a bit of time between now and The Open.
"We have got seven in the Paddy Power and all of them are very possible runners at this stage, but it is just a case of assessing things nearer the time.
"Captain Conan could go, as could Nadiya De La Vega - she ran a very good race last year. Rajdhani Express is the horse we have always been pointing in that direction. He has done well over the summer and obviously there is no problem with jockey arrangements there because Sam (Waley-Cohen) will ride him.
"Finian's Rainbow would be the very interesting one because he has had a wind operation and I am very hopeful that he will come back to himself. He ran very well at Sandown on his final start last season and look what the winner (Sire De Grugy) did on Saturday - they are calling him the young pretender to Sprinter Sacre now. Finian's showed there that he is on his way back, but he does need good ground to be seen at his best."
Jonjo O'Neill has also won the Paddy Power Gold Cup once as a trainer, courtesy of Exotic Dancer in 2006. His entry this year is Johns Spirit (10/1), who warmed up perfectly for the Paddy Power Gold Cup with victory at Cheltenham in the two and a half-mile Equus-Fine Dining at The Festival Handicap Chase at The Showcase on October 19.
O'Neill reported: "Johns Spirit is in good form and the Paddy Power Gold Cup will hopefully be the next stop for him.
"You would have to be happy with his performance at Cheltenham last time. I don't know how strong the race was, but he travelled and jumped well and won nicely.
"It will probably be a bigger field in the Paddy Power and I don't know if that will suit him, but Richie McLernon gets a good tune out of him and rides him well.
"We will go there hopeful, but that's as confident as you could be because it is always a very hot race and you have got to have a lot of luck in running."
David Pipe sent out Great Endeavour to win the 2011 Paddy Power Gold Cup, while his father Martin trained a record eight winners of the race. There are four entries from Pond House this year, headed by Dynaste who is the 5/1 favourite with Paddy Power. The seven-year-old demonstrated high-class form in novice company last season, winning four of his five starts including the Grade One Feltham Novices' Chase at Kempton Park. He was also successful in Grade Two events at Newbury and Aintree, while he opened his chasing account with a victory at Cheltenham. His only reversal came at The Festival, when he was runner-up to Benefficient (12/1) in the Grade Two Jewson Novices' Chase.
Pipe is also responsible for the 8/1 second favourite Ballynagour, plus Grands Crus (16/1) and Salut Flo (12/1).
Benefficient is one of 11 Irish-trained entries, with other leading contenders from the Emerald Isle including Marito (14/1), one of four entries for Irish champion trainer Willie Mullins, and Realt Dubh (14/1), one of Noel Meade's two entries.
Paul Nicholls enjoyed his first Paddy Power Gold Cup victory in 2012 with Al Ferof and has six entries to choose from this year headed by Unioniste (14/1), successful in last season's December Gold Cup at Cheltenham, and Rolling Aces (12/1), who was a progressive novice last season.
Nigel Twiston-Davies is the most successful current trainer in the Paddy Power Gold Cup with three victories and he has made two entries - Astracad (20/1), who was runner-up to Conquisto (14/1) in the Grade Two Old Roan Chase at Aintree on October 26 and the useful novice Double Ross (20/1).
Weights for the Paddy Power Gold Cup will be revealed on Wednesday, November 6. The maximum field size is 20.
The Paddy Power Gold Cup
Class 1, Grade 3, £160,000 Total Prize Fund. 2.30pm, Cheltenham, Saturday, November 16, 2013. 2m. 4f. 110yds.
Form Horse Age Owner Trainer
40F-452 ASTRACAD (FR) 7 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
3330-P2 ATTAGLANCE 7 H Young, G Eifert, R Snyder Malcolm Jefferson
61/0P10- BALLYNAGOUR (IRE) 7 Allan Stennett David Pipe
F0311-1 BATTLE GROUP 8 Jolly Boys Outing Johnny Farrelly
12411P- BENEFFICIENT (IRE) 7 A Shiels/Niall Reilly Tony Martin IRE
0/5110P- BLESS THE WINGS (IRE) 8 Lesley Field Alan King
3/41523- BURY PARADE (IRE) 7 Highclere Thoroughbred Racing - Bury Parade Paul Nicholls
2/11151- CAPTAIN CONAN (FR) 6 Triermore Stud Nicky Henderson
61P16-0 CARRICKBOY (IRE) 9 Trevor Hemmings Venetia Williams
2/24251- CHAMPION COURT (IRE) 8 Mark Boothright Martin Keighley
5211U-0 COLBERT STATION (IRE) 9 J P McManus Ted Walsh IRE
F2/2425- COLOUR SQUADRON (IRE) 7 J P McManus Philip Hobbs
2131-21 CONQUISTO 8 P J Martin Steve Gollings
53P-613 DOUBLE ROSS (IRE) 7 Options O Syndicate Nigel Twiston-Davies
20360-6 DUKE OF LUCCA (IRE) 8 Lesley Field Philip Hobbs
0/11121- DYNASTE (FR) 7 John White David Pipe
31/214-P EASTER METEOR 7 Mr & Mrs S C Willes Emma Lavelle
521F25- FAGO (FR) 5 Andrea & Graham Wylie Paul Nicholls
11/4642- FINIAN'S RAINBOW (IRE) 10 Michael Buckley Nicky Henderson
2U2F/-60 GIFT OF DGAB (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Tony Martin IRE
14/P3P0- GRANDS CRUS (FR) 8 Roger Stanley & Yvonne Reynolds III David Pipe
P40060- HECTOR'S CHOICE (FR) 9 James and Jean Potter Richard Lee
106F-21 HIDDEN CYCLONE (IRE) 8 Mrs A F Mee & David Mee John Hanlon IRE
26033-1 JOHNS SPIRIT (IRE) 6 Christopher W T Johnston Jonjo O'Neill
4/F0211- KATENKO (FR) 7 A Brooks Venetia Williams
05/4520- KID CASSIDY (IRE) 7 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
1225F-0 KUMBESHWAR 6 McNeill Family & Nigel Bunter Alan King
122102- MA FILLEULE (FR) 5 Simon Munir Nicky Henderson
2/113F2- MARITO (GER) 7 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
3U3P15- NADIYA DE LA VEGA (FR) 7 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
2F1011- RAJDHANI EXPRESS 6 Robert Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
2/04422- REALT DUBH (IRE) 9 Des Sharkey Noel Meade IRE
0/43112- ROLLING ACES (IRE) 7 Paul Barber, Ian Fogg & David Martin Paul Nicholls
2//421F1- RUPERT LAMB 7 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
0112//01/- SALUT FLO (FR) 8 Allan Stennett David Pipe
4-P3120 SEAN AIRGEAD (IRE) 8 Brendan Flynn Mark McNiff IRE
B0S303 SWEET MY LORD (FR) 7 Aiden Devaney Willie Mullins IRE
141522- TAP NIGHT (USA) 6 J P McManus Lucinda Russell
U/606F0- TATENEN (FR) 9 The Stewart Family Richard Rowe
115U-0P TERMINAL (FR) 6 Favourites Racing Willie Mullins IRE
133120- TEXAS JACK (IRE) 7 Robert Watson Noel Meade IRE
33262-1 THIRD INTENTION (IRE) 6 Robert and Sarah Tizzard Colin Tizzard
2P301-1 TRIOLO D'ALENE (FR) 6 Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr Nicky Henderson
3/311PU- ULCK DU LIN (FR) 5 Mrs Johnny de la Hey Paul Nicholls
113114- UNIONISTE (FR) 5 John Hales Paul Nicholls
21125-U VINO GRIEGO (FR) 8 C E Stedman Gary Moore
22P52-U WALKON (FR) 8 McNeill Family Alan King
14133-6 WISHFULL THINKING 10 Diana Whateley Philip Hobbs
3-22236 WOOLCOMBE FOLLY (IRE) 10 The Hon Mrs Townshend Paul Nicholls
Paddy Power bets: 5/1 Dynaste; 8/1 Ballynagour; 10/1 Rajdhani Express, Captain Conan; Johns Spirit 12/1 Benefficient, Champion Court, Salut Flo, Rolling Aces; 14/1 Unioniste, Katenko, Colour Squadron, Marito, Finians Rainbow, Realt Dubh, Conquisto, Triolo DAlene; 16/1 Grands Crus, Hidden Cyclone, Third Intention, Walkon, Fago, Kid Cassidy, Ulck Du Lin, Nadiya de La Vega, Ma Filleule, Rupert Lamb; 20/1 Tap Night, Gift Of Dgab, Wishfull Thinking, Battle Group, Terminal, Texas Jack, Astracad, Easter Meteor, Bury Parade, Double Ross; 25/1 Vino Griego, Carrickboy, Woolcombe Folly, Colbert Station, Bless The Wings, Sweet My Lord; 33/1 Attaglance, Kumbeshwar, Hectors Choice, Duke of Lucca; 40/1 Tatenen; 50/1 Sean Airgead
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