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2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup Runners Guide - The Vital Information Ahead Of The Cheltenham Festival Showpiece

Thursday 14th March 2019
Clan Des Obeaux is one of the fancied runners lining up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Clan Des Obeaux is one of the fancied runners lining up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup

A spectacular field of 16 runners will go to post for the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, which is the feature race on day four of the Cheltenham Festival, and the 3:30pm showpiece attracts a host of top quality chasers all aiming to etch their name on the illustrious Gold Cup roll of honour.

Presenting Percy, Native River and Clan Des Obeaux are all vying for favouritism, but that trio will face some classy rivals and they should serve up an epic renewal.  We take an in-depth look at all 16 runners heading to post on Friday afternoon.

No.1 Al Boum Photo

Form: 1

A faller in the RSA Chase last season, Al Boum Photo has Grade 1 winning form on his CV and in his only start this season was a decent winner of a Listed race at Tramore, but will need a career best if he is to hand Willie Mullins his first win in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

No.2 Anibale Fly

Form: 62

Third at huge odds in last year's Cheltenham Gold Cup, Anibale Fly was second to Monalee at Gowran Park over an inadequate trip last time out, but while he will relish a step back up in trip it's hard to see him improve on last year's finish.

No.3 Bellshill

Form: 41

Another of the Willie Mullins-trained quartet, Bellshill is the choice of stable jockey Ruby Walsh and was last seen narrowly winning the Grade 1 Irish Gold Cup, so comes here in the form of his life and has to be respected.

No.4 Bristol De Mai

Form: 1F

Back-to-back Betfair Chase wins launched Bristol De Mai into the Gold Cup picture, but he was a faller in the King George VI Chase and was seventh in this race two years ago.  Will want rain to continue to hit Prestbury Park, if he is to stand a chance.

No.5 Clan Des Obeaux

Form: 411

Fourth behind Bristol De Mai in the Betfair Chase, Clan Des Obeaux has come on leaps and bounds and was a superb winner of the King George VI Chase before a win in the Denman Chase saw his price plummet further for this prize. In the form of his life and has to go close.

No.6 Definitly Red

Form: 112

Two Grade 2 wins at Wetherby and Ascot kicked off his campaign in fine style, but a shock defeat at Kelso last time out will mean he needs to bounce back.  Sixth in last year's race and will relish the wet stuff to hit the track.

No.7 Double Shuffle

Form: F252

Not won since December 2016, Double Shuffle lacks any sort of form needed to go close in this event and is rightly one of the outsiders in the betting.

No.8 Elegant Escape

Form: 1212

A cracking winner of the Welsh National in December, Elegant Escape will want it to be a real test of stamina, but was beaten in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham in January and may lack the class needed to down some of his rivals.

No.9 Invitation Only

Form: 31

Pulled up in last year's JLT Novices' Chase, Invitation Only has often failed to sparkle at the highest level, but a confidence-boosting win in the Thyestes Handicap Chase last time out sends him into this contest as a potential lively outsider.

No.10 Kemboy

Form: 11

In terms of recent form, Kemboy is the most attractive of the Willie Mullins quartet as he has picked up wins in Grade 2 and Grade 1 company this season, and with improvement to come he could be another eye-catching contender from the Mullins stable.

No.11 Might Bite

Form: 57

Just touched off by Native River in a classic last season, Might Bite has failed to show any of that spark this season and out the back in the Betfair Chase and the King George VI Chase, the former RSA winner will need to bounce back to feature.

No.12 Native River

Form: 23

Magnificent when producing a magical front-running performance to win this race last year, Native River has failed to get his head in front in two starts this season, but his Betfair Chase and King George VI Chase defeats aren't much of a worry and he will relish a return to Cheltenham. One to beat.

No.13 Presenting Percy

Form: 1

A prominent figure at the head of the 2019 Gold Cup betting following his win in the RSA Chase last season, Presenting Percy has only been seen once over hurdles this season, so while he won that contest with aplomb his lack of match practice over the larger obstacles will see him face a daunting task to land this prize.

No.14 Thistlecrack

Form: 32

Third in the Betfair Chase, Thistlecrack put up a sensational effort when second to Clan Des Obeaux in the King George, but the former Stayers' Hurdle hero will need to improve on that Kempton run and he may just struggle against some classier horses here.

No.15 Yala Enki

Form: 135

Third in the Welsh National is smart form, but this Venetia Williams-trained runner would be far better suited taking his chance in handicap company, so is merely going for a day out in this race.

No.16 Shattered Love

Form: 220

A fine winner of the JLT Novices' Chase last year, Shattered Love is the sole mare in the field, but has failed to build on that festival win in 2018 and will need to improve immeasurably from a below-par run in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown last time out.

2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds

Presenting Percy D N Russell / P G Kelly 7/2 7/2 7/2 7/2 7/2 4 7/2 7/2 7/2
Clan Des Obeaux Harry Cobden / P F Nicholls 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 5 9/2 9/2 9/2
Native River R Johnson / C L Tizzard 6 6 6 6 6 13/2 6 6 6
Kemboy D J Mullins / W P Mullins 8 9 8 8 8 17/2 9 8 8
Bellshill R Walsh / W P Mullins 11 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 11
Thistlecrack T Scudamore / C L Tizzard 12 12 12 12 12 14 12 12 12
Al Boum Photo P Townend / W P Mullins 12 12 12 12 12 14 12 12 12
Might Bite Nico de Boinville / N J Henderson 16 14 16 16 16 16 14 14 16
Elegant Escape T J O'Brien / C L Tizzard 16 16 16 16 16 18 16 16 16
Bristol De Mai D A Jacob / N A Twiston-Davies 20 20 20 20 20 22 20 20 20
Anibale Fly B J Geraghty / A J Martin 20 20 20 20 20 22 22 20 20
Shattered Love J W Kennedy / G Elliott 28 28 33 28 28 33 28 28 28
Invitation Only Mr P W Mullins / W P Mullins 33 33 33 33 33 40 33 33 33
Definitly Red Danny Cook / B Ellison 50 50 50 50 50 66 50 50 50
Yala Enki Charlie Deutsch / Miss V Williams 100 100 100 100 100 125 100 100 100
Double Shuffle J J Burke / T R George 100 100 100 100 100 125 100 100 100
Each Way Terms 4
1/5
4
1/5
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1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5

2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds

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4
7/2
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7/2
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5
9/2
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13/2
6
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6
6
6
6
6
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9
9
17/2
8
8
8
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8
8
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12
11
11
11
11
11
11
11
11
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14
12
12
12
12
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12
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14
12
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12
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12
12
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16
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16
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14
14
14
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18
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22
20
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20
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22
22
20
20
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20
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33
33
28
28
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28
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28
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40
33
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33
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66
50
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125
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Odds correct as of 11th Apr, 15:19 . Odds are subject to change.
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