List of runners entered for Cheltenham Gold Cup 2017

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Updated: March 15, 2017
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The Colin Tizzard horses, Cue Card and Native River, head a list of 14 contenders for next Friday’s Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The pair have been battling it out at the head of the market since Cue Card emerged an impressive winner of the Ascot Chase last time out.

Native River added to his Hennessy and Welsh National successes when winning the Denman Chase at Newbury.

Irish Champion trainer Willie Mullins’ Djakadam, who finished second in the last two Gold Cups, is also to the top of the market and he is one of five Irish-trained contenders for the Cheltenham Festival’s feature race.

Gordon Elliott was forced to rule Don Poli out on Friday but he still has Outlander and Empire Of Dirt in the race.

Jessica Harrington’s Sizing John and the Henry de Bromhead-trained Champagne West are the other hopes from Ireland.

Paul Nicholls, who has won the race four times, relies on Saphir Du Rheu.

Nigel Twiston-Davies, a winner of the race with Imperial Commander in 2010, has Bristol De Mai in contention this time.

Co. Cork-born Jonjo O’Neill is doubly represented with Minella Rocco and More Of That, while the list of hopefuls is completed by Irish Cavalier, Smad Place and Tea For Two.

THE 14 DECLARED RUNNERS FOR FRIDAY’S £575,000 TIMICO CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP – 3m 2f 70y
1 Bristol de Mai (FR) Nigel Twiston-Davies 11st 10lb Daryl Jacob
2 Champagne West (IRE) Henry de Bromhead, Ireland 11st 10lb David Mullins
3 Cue Card (Tongue Strap) Colin Tizzard 11st 10lb Paddy Brennan
4 Djakadam (FR) Willie Mullins, Ireland 11st 10lb
5 Empire of Dirt (IRE) (Tongue Strap) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 11st 10lb Jack Kennedy
6 Irish Cavalier (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Rebecca Curtis 11st 10lb Paul Townend
7 Minella Rocco (IRE) (Tongue Strap, Sheepskin C/P) Jonjo O’Neill 11st 10lb Aidan Coleman
8 More of That (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Jonjo O’Neill 11st 10lb Mark Walsh
9 Native River (IRE) (Sheepskin C/P) Colin Tizzard 11st 10lb Richard Johnson
10 Outlander (IRE) Gordon Elliott, Ireland 11st 10lb Bryan Cooper
11 Saphir du Rheu (FR) Paul Nicholls 11st 10lb Sam Twiston-Davies
12 Sizing John Jessica Harrington, Ireland 11st 10lb Robbie Power
13 Smad Place (FR) Alan King 11st 10lb Wayne Hutchinson
14 Tea For Two Nick Williams 11st 10lb Lizzie Kelly

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