Monday 18 December 2017

Big three all set for gold rush

The old guard of Kauto Star, Denman and Imperial Commander feature among 14 declarations for this year's totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Kauto Star claimed victory in the blue riband in 2007 and 2009, while Denman's Gold Cup triumph is sandwiched in between.

Imperial Commander is the reigning champion having seen off the Paul Nicholls-trained duo 12 months ago, and he is favourite across the boards to do the double.

Nicky Henderson's brilliant King George VI Chase hero Long Run heads the younger brigade, with Irish Hennessy winner Kempes bidding to give Willie Mullins his first Gold Cup victory.

China Rock and Pandorama are the two other challengers from Ireland, while Nicholls also saddles Neptune Collonges and What A Friend.

Improving course specialist Midnight Chase is an interesting player for Neil Mulholland.

Albertas Run, who is declared for the Ryanair Chase tomorrow, Carruthers, Tidal Bay and Weird Al complete the final field, with Welsh National winner Synchronised the only defection.

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