List of possible runners entered for Cheltenham Gold Cup 2017

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Updated: February 15, 2017
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We now have a list of the possible runners for the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The 29 Timico Gold Cup confirmations also include Hennessy Gold Cup hero Native River (Colin Tizzard, 178p), G1 Lexus Chaser 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.

Besides Outlander, Gordon Elliott and owner Gigginstown House Stud also combine with Don Poli (178), last year’s third, Irish Gold Cup runner-up Empire Of Dirt (178) and Roi Des Francs.
Willie Mullins-trained stars Douvan (193p), unbeaten in 13 starts including twice at The Festival for Ireland’s champion Jump trainer, and Un De Sceaux (183), the 2016 second,head Timeform’s ratings for the two-mile chasing championship, the £350,000 Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase (20 acceptors) on Ladies Day, Wednesday, March 15.
Unbeaten novice chaser Altior (Nicky Henderson, 178p) has been left in after his dazzling display at Newbury, but is reported more likely to contest the £175,000 G1 Racing Post Arkle Novices’ Chase on Champion Day, March 14.
The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup
Grade 1, £575,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.30pm,Cheltenham, Friday, March 17, 2017. Three miles, two and a half furlongs (3m 2f 70y). For 5yo+ who 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 10. Horses who 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 10 would merit a minimum rating of 130 (the decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final). Weights: 5yo 11st 9lb, 6yo+ 11st 10lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Entries closed January 10, entries revealed January 11 (39 entries), scratchings deadline February 14 (29 remain), £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.
Horse Age Owner Trainer
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
THISTLECRACK 9 John and Heather Snook 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
 
29 entries remain following February 14 scratchings deadline
14 Irish-trained
1 French-trained
 
THE FOLLOWING 10 HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED:
ALARY (FR), DON COSSACK (GER), KOTKIKOVA (FR), KYLEMORE LOUGH, MANY CLOUDS (IRE), SHANTOU FLYER (IRE), SILVINIACO CONTI (FR), TAQUIN DU SEUIL (FR), VALSEUR LIDO (FR), WOUNDED WARRIOR (IRE)        
 
Timeform Ratings (Weight-Adjusted)
186     Thistlecrack
185     Djakadam
184+   Cue Card
180     Outlander
179     Sizing John
178p   Native River
178     Don Poli
178     Empire of Dirt
178     More of That
178x   Champagne West

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