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Cheltenham Gold Cup Runners 2019: Native River And Presenting Percy Head Stellar Entry List For Festival Highlight

Wednesday 13th March 2019
Native River Will Be Bidding To Become The First Back To Back Gold Cup Winner Since Best Mate On Friday
Native River Will Be Bidding To Become The First Back To Back Gold Cup Winner Since Best Mate On Friday

A total of 16 horses have been declared for the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.

The Gold Cup field was confirmed this morning for the famous race on day four of the Cheltenham Festival and it is Native River who tops the list for trainer Colin Tizzard. The defending champion will be bidding to become the first horse to win successive Gold Cups since Best Mate did it in the early part of the century.

The former Welsh Grand National winner hasn't looked quite at his best this season, but the rain at Prestbury Park has seen his price for a return win shorten in recent days.

It won't be easy though for the current King with 15 set to go to post against him, including ante-post talking horse Presenting Percy. The Pat Kelly trained RSA Chase winner has not been seen over fences since his Festival success last year but remains well fancied to win at the Gloucestershire meeting for the third year on the bounce.

King George winner Clan Des Obeaux and Irish Gold Cup hero Bellshill have also been confirmed for Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins respectively.

Mullins is still looking to win the blue-riband race for the first time in his career and will also have Al Boum Photo, Kemboy and Invitation Only taking their chance in the most important race of the winter.

Frodon and Road To Riches are among the horses scratched from the gold Cup in favour of the Ryanair Chase with both connections seeing the slightly softened ground as a chance to drop back in trip.

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