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Cheltenham Gold Cup Preview

The two-time Cheltenham Festival winner Presenting Percy is among 16 contenders in what looks like it could be enthralling episode of jump racing’s showpiece contest.

Last year’s first and second, Native River and Might Bite, go head-to-head whilst Paul Nicholls looks for his fifth career Gold Cup triumph, with Clan Des Obeaux.

Willie Mullins has four horses in as he looks to take the trophy back to his Ireland six runners-up.

THE FAVOURTIE

Presenting Percy: – J: D N Russell T: P G Kelly – 4/1 – £10 gets £50

Presenting Percy won the Pertemps Final here in 2017 and the rain this week is definitely in his favour. He has the ability to play a key role if the lack of chasing experience of late doesn’t cost him. He’s the 4/1 favourite and it’ll take a very good horse to beat it.

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Clan Des Obeaux: – J: H Cobden T: P F Nicholls – 9/2 – £10 gets £55

Clan Des Obeaux’s trainer Paul Nicholls has enjoyed a great week with two of his other horses, Frodon and Topofthegame, both picking up wins. Clan Des Obeaux comes into this having won the King George VI Chase comfortably and then running a faultless performance at Ascot. At 9/2, he definitely looks worth a punt.

OTHER RACERS:

Native River: – J: R Johnson T: C L Tizzard – 5/1 – £10 gets £60

Kemboy: – J: D J Mullins T: W P Mullins – 10/1 – £10 gets £100

Bellshill: – J: R Walsh T: W P Mullins – 10/1 – £10 gets £100

Might Bite: – J: Nico de Boinville T: N J Henderson – 12/1 – £10 gets £120

Thistlecrack: – J: T Scudamore T: C L Tizzard – 14/1 – £10 gets £140

Al Boum Photo: – J: P Townend T: W P Mullins – 16/1 – £10 gets £160

Elegant Escape: – J: T J O’Brien T: C L Tizzard – 16/1 – £10 gets £160

Bristol De Mai: – J: D A Jacob T: N A Twiston–Davies – 20/1 – £10 gets £200

Shattered Love: – J: J W Kennedy T: G Elliott – 25/1 – £10 gets £250

Anibale Fly: – J: B J Geraghty T: A J Martin – 25/1 – £10 gets £250

Invitation Only: – J: Mr P W Mullins T: W P Mullins – 33/1 – £10 gets £330

Definitely Red: – J: Danny Cook T: B Ellison – 66/1 – £10 gets £660

Yala Enki: – J: Charlie Deutsch T: Miss V Williams – 150/1 – £10 gets £1500

Double Shuffle: – J: J J Burke T: T R George – 150/1 – £10 gets £1500

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