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Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
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Grade 1, Cheltenham 15:30
£625,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 2f 110y, Class 1  
Friday 15th March 2019

27 November 2018

The Lancashire Chase was billed as a straight fight between Native River and Might Bite. So how did everyone forget Haydock specialist Bristol De Mai?

Bristol De Mai
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Bristol De Mai

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge went off at 13/2 and defied concerns over the ground to land the first-leg of the £1m Bonus. Now the question is whether he’s a serious Gold Cup horse.

He finished 20l behind the winner 18 months ago. But following a wind-op, and with a lightly-raced campaign on the cards, our traders give him a 16/1  chance with Ladbrokes for the Cheltenham showpiece.

Might Bite
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Might Bite

All didn’t quite go to plan for Might Bite around Haydock. Nicky Henderson’s runner was ponderous in his jumping before tailing off to finish last as the even-money favourite.

There’s still a long way to go until March. But such a flat and tired performance caused enough concern for the trainer to book the horse in for schooling lessons ahead of the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.

He’s now a 3/1 shot for the Kempton showpiece, while he’s out to 8/1 for the Gold Cup.

22 November 2018

Bellshill
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Bellshill

Owner Graham Wylie is hoping Bellshill can become a serious contender for the Magners Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

The eight-year-old, trained by Willie Mullins, signed off in the spring with victory in the Punchestown Gold Cup and is set to return to action next month, possibly in the John Durkan Memorial Chase back on that course.

He had looked like winning the Irish Grand National on his penultimate start, only to put the brakes on approaching the final fence, causing some interference for which he was relegated from fourth place to fifth.

“I’m hoping he’s going to be good enough to be there for the Gold Cup this season. He comes out next month, all being well,” Wylie told At The Races.

“He’s probably my best horse right now. I’ve had good feedback from Ruby (Walsh) and Willie about how he’s getting on, so hopefully he comes out and runs a big race there.

“He’s got a high cruising speed. It was such a shame what happened in the Irish National. He was there to win it and something took his eye off the ball at the last fence and he made a mess of it. But he made up for it next time at Punchestown.

“We know he’s a good horse, we know Willie is training him for the Gold Cup, so hopefully we’ll get him there in one piece in March.”

Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 2018
£625,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 2f 70y, Class 1
15 ran
Going: Soft, Heavy in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Native River (IRE) 5/1 R Johnson
11-10
C L Tizzard 8
2nd Might Bite (IRE) 4/1f Nico de Boinville
11-10
N J Henderson 9
3rd 4 Anibale Fly (FR) 33/1 B J Geraghty
11-10
A J Martin 8
4th 4 Road To Respect (IRE) 9/1 S W Flanagan
11-10
N Meade 7
5th 8 Djakadam (FR) 25/1 Mr P W Mullins
11-10
W P Mullins 9
6th 18 Definitly Red (IRE) 8/1 Danny Cook
11-10
B Ellison 9
7th Tea For Two 50/1 Lizzie Kelly
11-10
Nick Williams 9
8th 7 Edwulf 20/1 Mr Derek O'Connor
11-10
Joseph P O'Brien 9
9th 18 American (FR) 25/1 N D Fehily
11-10
H Fry 8
PU Killultagh Vic (IRE) 8/1 P Townend
11-10
W P Mullins 9
PU Our Duke (IRE) 9/2 R M Power
11-10
Mrs J Harrington 8
PU Outlander (IRE) 20/1 J W Kennedy
11-10
G Elliott 10
PU Saphir Du Rheu (FR) 66/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
11-10
P F Nicholls 9
F Bachasson (FR) 33/1 D E Mullins
11-10
W P Mullins 7
F Total Recall (IRE) 14/1 D J Mullins
11-10
W P Mullins 9
NR Double Shuffle (IRE) A P Heskin
11-10
T R George 8
NR Minella Rocco (IRE) M P Walsh
11-10
Jonjo O'Neill 8
NR Shantou Flyer (IRE) James Bowen
11-10
Richard Hobson 8

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