36 entries for Cheltenham Gold Cup 2014

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Updated: January 8, 2014

The Festival is now just nine weeks away and the countdown begins in earnest today as entries for the Grade One Cheltenham Gold Cup are revealed.

A total of 36 entries have been received for the £550,000 championship contest, which takes place over an extended three and a quarter miles on the fourth and final day of The Festival, Gold Cup Day, Friday, March 14.

 

Heading the entries is last year’s victor Bobs Worth, the 2/1 favourite with Boylesports.com The nine-year-old disappointed on his seasonal return when a well-beaten sixth in the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park on November 23 but bounced right back to his best last time when getting the better of First Lieutenant and Rubi Ball in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown on December 28. Bobs Worth is unbeaten in three successive races at The Festival, having also won the 2011 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle and the 2012 RSA Chase. His trainer Nicky Henderson has also entered the 2011 winner Long Run (40/1) and Triolo d’Alene (33/1), last seen out when taking the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury in November.

 

Henderson, champion trainer last season for the third time, is battling hard with his old rival, seven-time champion trainer Paul Nicholls, for supremacy this season and the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, the richest race at The Festival, will play a significant part in determining the outcome.

 

Nicholls has won the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup four times, more than any other current trainer, and has five entries in 2014. These are headed by last month’s King George VI Chase victor Silviniaco Conti (7/2 second favourite). The eight-year-old, who was travelling well when falling three out in the Gold Cup last year, could be joined by King George VI Chase third Al Ferof (16/1) as well as Hennessy Gold Cup runner-upRocky Creek (33/1), last season’s Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup scorerUnioniste (40/1) and the veteran Tidal Bay (50/1), who stayed on strongly to be third under top-weight in the Coral Welsh National last time out. If successful on March 14, 13-year-old Tidal Bay would become the oldest winner of the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

 

Cue Card (8/1 third favourite), owned by Jean Bishop, relished the step up to three miles when the impressivewinner of the Betfair Chase and ran well in defeat when second to Siliviniaco Conti in the King George VI Chase. He is bidding for a third victory at The Festival, having taken the 2010 Weatherbys Champion Bumper and the 2013 Ryanair Chase. His trainer Colin Tizzard has also entered Theatre Guide (100/1), third in the Hennessy Gold Cup this season.

 

Ireland’s 11 entries are headed by multiple Grade One winner First Lieutenant(12/1), who hails from the Gold Cup-winning stable of Mouse Morris. The nine-year-old boasts an excellent record at The Festival, annexing the 2011 Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle and finishing second in both the 2012 RSA Chase and last year’s Ryanair Chase. Gigginstown House Stud, owner of First Lieutenant, is also responsible for Last Instalment (50/1) who has been side-lined with tendon problems since landing the Grade One Dr P J Moriarty Novice Chase at Leopardstown in February, 2012. Philip Fenton’s charge is unbeaten in four starts over fences and beat First Lieutenant by six lengths in the Grade One Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown in December, 2011.

 

Fenton reported: “It’s a bit too early to talk about Cheltenham for Last Instalment, but he will have his first run back in the Kinloch Brae Chase at Thurles (January 16).

“He has been pleasing in his work so far and everything has gone very satisfactorily with him, but I’m sure he will improve for his first run as we haven’t pushed him at home. He seems versatile in regards to trip and ground, so we will get his first couple of runs out of the way and see how he progresses. We have got him in the Ryanair as well just to keep all bases covered.”

 

Ireland’s champion trainer Willie Mullins is responsible for Arvika Ligeonniere (50/1), a four-time Grade One scorer at shorter trips, top-class French recruit Rubi Ball (33/1) and Boston Bob (25/1), who fell at the final fence when leading in the 2013 RSA Chase won by the Jim Culloty-trained Lord Windermere (25/1). Other Irish entries include the Gordon Elliott-trained pair of Mount Benbulben (50/1) and Roi Du Mee (66/1), an impressive 13-length winner of the Champion Chase at Down Royal in November.

 

Cheltenham Gold Cup – Boylesports bet:  Bobs Worth 2/1, Silviniaco Conti 7/2, First Lieutenant 8/1, Cue Card 8/1, Al Ferof 14/1, Boston Bob 20/1, Rubi Ball 25/1, Lord Windermere 25/1, Long Run 25/1, Dynaste 25, 1, Lyreen Legend 25/1, Tidal Bay 33/1, Rocky Creek 33/1, Harry Topper 33/1, The Giant Bolster 33/1, Unioniste 33/1, Triolo D’Alene 33/1, Katenko 50/1, Arvika Ligeonniere 50/1, Last Instalment 50/1, Mount Benbulben 50/1, Captain Chris 50/1, 66 Bog Warrior, Champion Court, Cloudy Too, Houblon Des Obeaux, Medermit, Monbeg Dude, Roi Du Mee, The Giant Bolster, Vino Griego, 100 Knockara Beau, Teaforthree, Theatre Guide, Time For Rupert, Wayward Prince.  ¼ the odds 1-2-3. 

 

Liam Glynn, PR Executive at Boylesports said “Punters continue to get behind Gigginstown House Stud and First Lieutenant is proving very popular as an each-way alternative to Bobs Worth at 8/1 and therefore we have eased Cue Card out to 8/1 from 7/1.”

He added “We have kept Bobs Worth on our side as the reigning champion is still the one to beat and has continued to prove popular after he got back to winning ways when landing the Lexus Chase at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.”

 

About The Festival

The Festival runs from Tuesday, March 11 to Friday, March 14 inclusive and is the embodiment of everything that is great about Cheltenham. It is four days of atmosphere, anticipation and action, played out on a beautiful sporting arena that has no equal. The Festival features the best and the bravest horses and jockeys, nervous and excited trainers and owners, and a wide cast of human characters who come together every year determined to have the time of their lives. For racing’s practitioners, Festival glory provides lifelong memories that will never fade and defines careers. Witness the sheer elation of winning connections as they return to the cheers of the crowd and you are seeing dreams fulfilled and years of planning and effort coming to fruition. The Festival is one of those rare events that engages everyone who comes into contact with it, never failing to produce award-winning drama, enjoyment, camaraderie and sporting excellence in a cocktail for which no hangover cure is required. It truly is a life affirming four days.

 

About Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham Racecourse is situated in Prestbury on the outskirts of the historic spa town of Cheltenham. The Home of Jump Racing, Cheltenham Racecourse is the venue for the world’s pre-eminent Jump Racing meeting, The Festival, which takes place in March every year. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham Racecourse is a stunning natural amphitheatre and offers the highest-quality action throughout the Jump season. Cheltenham has been voted Britain’s Racecourse of the Year for the last 10 years by members of the Racegoers Club. Please find more details at www.cheltenham.co.uk and through Twitter (@CheltenhamRaces) and Facebookwww.facebook.com/thehomeofjumpracing

 

Cheltenham Racecourse is part of The Jockey Club, which has been at the heart of British racing for more than 260 years. Today the largest commercial group in the sport, The Jockey Club runs the largest racecourse group in the UK by turnover (2012: £142.1m), courses (15) including those at Aintree, Cheltenham, Epsom Downs and Newmarket, attendances (2012: 1.8m), total prize money (2012: £35.3m), contribution to prize money (2012: £16.5m) and quality racing (Group and Graded races); more than 3,000 acres of world-class training grounds in Newmarket and Lambourn; The National Stud breeding enterprise and education provider; and the charity for racing’s people in need, Racing Welfare. Governed by Royal Charter, every penny The Jockey Club makes it puts back into British racing. More information is available at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk

 

The Cheltenham Gold Cup

Class 1, Grade 1, £550,000 Total Prize Fund. Cheltenham, Friday, March 14, 2014. Three miles, two and a half furlongs. For 5yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including March 7 - horses which are not qualified for a rating in GB, IRE or FR may also be entered & such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including March 7 would merit a minimum rating of 130 (the decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final). Weights: 5yo 11st 8lb, 6yo+ 11st 10lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Entries closed January 7, entries revealed January 8 (36 entries), scratchings deadline February 11, £27,500 supplementary entry stage & six-day confirmation stage March 8. Final 48-hour declaration stage, 10.00am, March 12. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, January 6.

 

Form  Horse    Age Owner    Trainer

343/1-13 AL FEROF (FR)  9 John Hales    Paul Nicholls

FP1-113 ARVIKA LIGEONNIERE (FR) 9 Susannah Ricci   Willie Mullins IRE

21/11-61 BOBS WORTH (IRE) 9 The Not Afraid Partnership  Nicky Henderson

3/F1115- BOG WARRIOR (IRE) 10 Gigginstown House Stud  Tony Martin IRE

2/11FF-1 BOSTON BOB (IRE) 9 Andrea & Graham Wylie  Willie Mullins IRE

12264-3 CAPTAIN CHRIS (IRE) 10 Diana Whateley   Philip Hobbs

251-02U CHAMPION COURT (IRE) 9 Mark Boothright   Martin Keighley

103-101 CLOUDY TOO (IRE)  8 Formulated Polymer Products Ltd Sue Smith

112-312 CUE CARD   8 Jean Bishop    Colin Tizzard

12F-415 DEDIGOUT (IRE)  8 Gigginstown House Stud  Tony Martin IRE

1121-25 DYNASTE (FR)  8 John White    David Pipe

213-342 FIRST LIEUTENANT (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud  Mouse Morris IRE

11UB-13 HARRY TOPPER  7 D J Keyte    Kim Bailey

204-161 HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) 7  Mrs Julian Blackwell   Venetia Williams

0211-F4 KATENKO (FR)  8 Andrew Brooks   Venetia Williams

UP-5125 KNOCKARA BEAU (IRE) 11 Alistair Charlton   George Charlton

3P1111/- LAST INSTALMENT (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud  Philip Fenton IRE

132-54U LONG RUN (FR)  9 Robert Waley-Cohen   Nicky Henderson

1231-00 LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) 8 Dr Ronan Lambe   Jim Culloty IRE

2F423-5 LYREEN LEGEND (IRE) 7 Lyreen Syndicate   Dessie Hughes IRE

132234/- MEDERMIT (FR)  10 The Dunkley & Reilly Partnership Alan King

13P-341 MONBEG DUDE (IRE) 9 Oydunow    Michael Scudamore

4141-U4 MOUNT BENBULBEN (IRE) 9 Barry Connell    Gordon Elliott IRE

21113-2 ROCKY CREEK (IRE) 8 The Johnson & Stewart Families Paul Nicholls

1-F21P2 ROI DU MEE (FR)  9 Gigginstown House Stud  Gordon Elliott IRE

U222-23 RUBI BALL (FR)  9 SC Ecurie Madame Patrick Papot Willie Mullins IRE

11F3-31 SILVINIACO CONTI (FR) 8 Potensis Limited & Chris Giles Paul Nicholls

06203-0 TEAFORTHREE (IRE) 10 Conyers, O’Reilly, Roddis, Zeffman Rebecca Curtis

240-0U5 THE GIANT BOLSTER 9 Simon Hunt    David Bridgwater

FP1-332 THEATRE GUIDE (IRE) 7 Jean Bishop    Colin Tizzard

121-153 TIDAL BAY (IRE)  13 Andrea & Graham Wylie  Paul Nicholls

5145/4-4 TIME FOR RUPERT (IRE) 10 Littlecote Racing Partnership  Paul Webber

301-131 TRIOLO D’ALENE (FR) 7 Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr   Nicky Henderson

114-310 UNIONISTE (FR)  6 John Hales    Paul Nicholls

125-UF1 VINO GRIEGO (FR)  9 Chris Stedman   Gary Moore

P06-52P WAYWARD PRINCE 10 John & Hilary Parrott   Hilary Parrott

 

36 entries

11 Irish-trained

 

Breakdown of Entries by Trainer

 

5 entries

Paul Nicholls - Al Ferof, Rocky Creek, Silviniaco Conti, Tidal Bay, Unioniste

 

3 entries

Nicky Henderson - Bobs Worth, Long Run, Triolo d’Alene

Willie Mullins IRE - Arvika Ligeonniere, Boston Bob, Rubi Ball

 

2 entries

Gordon Elliott IRE - Mount Benbulben, Roi du Mee

Colin Tizzard - Cue Card, Theatre Guide

Tony Martin IRE - Bog Warrior, Dedigout

Venetia Williams - Houblon Des Obeaux, Katenko

 

1 entry

Kim Bailey - Harry Topper

David Bridgwater - The Giant Bolster

George Charlton - Knockara Beau

Jim Culloty IRE - Lord Windermere

Rebecca Curtis - Teaforthree

Philip Fenton IRE - Last Instalment

Philip Hobbs - Captain Chris

Dessie Hughes IRE - Lyreen Legend

Martin Keighley - Champion Court

Alan King - Medermit

Gary Moore - Vino Griego

Mouse Morris IRE - First Lieutenant

Hilary Parrott - Wayward Prince

David Pipe - Dynaste

Michael Scudamore - Monbeg Dude

Sue Smith - Cloudy Too

Paul Webber - Time For Rupert

 

Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup – Timeform’s top-rated (weight-adjusted)

 

191 CUE CARD

190 BOBS WORTH

187 SILVINIACO CONTI

182 DYNASTE

181 FIRST LIEUTENANT

179 TIDAL BAY

178 AL FEROF

177 CAPTAIN CHRIS

176 ARVIKA LIGEONNIERE

176? THE GIANT BOLSTER

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