A record 24 Irish-trained entries announced for 2019 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup


Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Sizing John

Sizing John and Robbie Power clear of the field racing to the line in the Timico Gold Cup 2017. Cheltenham Festival.


Irish trainers have made a record 24 entries for the 2019 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup. In all 43 horses have been put in the race with champion trainer Willie Mullins responsible for nine and Gordon Elliott entering a team of seven for the GBP£625,000 event on the final day of the Festival on Friday, March 15.  

 

Three of the last four winners of the race feature among the entries with last year's victor Native River, trained by Colin Tizzard, Jessica Harrington’s 2017 hero Sizing John and the Mark Bradstock-trained Coneygree all engaged.

 

Currently heading the ante-post market is the Pat Kelly-trained Presenting Percy which is seeking a three-timer at Cheltenham having taken the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle in 2017 and the Grade 1 RSA Novices' Chase last year. Presenting Percy is set to make his seasonal reappearance later this month in the Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park.

 

The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the few the races to have eluded Willie Mullins - he has saddled six seconds - but he has the most entries of any handler in 2019 with nine engaged. Among the Mullins-trained entries is Grade 1 Savills Chase winner Kemboy, lightly-raced recent Listed scorer Al Boum Photo, 2018 Grade 1 Punchestown Gold Cup winner Bellshill, last season’s Grade 2 National Hunt Chase scorer Rathvinden and Total Recall, which took the valuable Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury in 2017.

 

Gordon Elliott won the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2016 with Don Cossack and his seven entries this year include last season's Grade 1 JLT Novices' Chase winner Shattered Love. Other Irish-trained contenders include last year's third and fourth, Anibale Fly (Tony Martin) and Road To Respect (Noel Meade).

 

Champion British National Hunt trainer Nicky Henderson is responsible for three entries. In addition to Might Bite, Henderson has also put in Valtor, an impressive winner on his British debut in a Listed handicap chase at Ascot in December, and Terrefort, runner-up in the 2018 JLT Novices' Chase before winning an Aintree Grade 1. No current trainer has a better record in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup than Paul Nicholls, who has taken chasing's championship four times, thanks to See More Business (1999), Kauto Star (2007 & 2009) and Denman (2008). His four 2019 entries are headed by King George VI Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux.

 

The full list of entries is as follows:

 

Horse                   Age        Owner                  Trainer

 

ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS   9             Slaneyville Syndicate        Willie Mullins

 

AL BOUM PHOTO             7             Mrs J Donnelly    Willie Mullins

 

AMERICAN                         9             The Jago Family Partnership         Harry Fry 

 

ANIBALE FLY                      9             J P McManus      Tony Martin

 

BALKO DES FLOS               8             Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead

 

BELLSHILL                          9             Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins

 

BLACK CORTON                8             The Brooks, Stewart Families & J Kyle       Paul Nicholls 

 

BLAKLION                           10           S Such & CG Paletta         Nigel Twiston-Davies 

 

BRISTOL DE MAI               8             Simon Munir & Isaac Souede        Nigel Twiston-Davies 

 

CLAN DES OBEAUX           7             Mr & Mrs P Barber, G Mason, Sir A Ferguson          Paul Nicholls 

 

CONEYGREE                      12           The Max Partnership        Mark Bradstock 

 

DEFINITLY RED                  10           Phil & Julie Martin            Brian Ellison 

 

DON POLI                           10           Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

 

DOUBLE SHUFFLE             9             Crossed Fingers Partnership          Tom George 

 

ELEGANT ESCAPE             7             J P Romans          Colin Tizzard 

 

FRODON                             7             P J Vogt                Paul Nicholls 

 

GIVE ME A COPPER          9             Done, Ferguson, Kyle, Mason & Wood      Paul Nicholls 

 

INVITATION ONLY            8             Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins

 

KEMBOY                             7             Supreme Racing/Brett Graham/Ken Sharp               Willie Mullins

 

KILLULTAGH VIC               10           Rose Boyd/B Anderson/Mrs M Armstrong               Willie Mullins

 

MALA BEACH                     11           Chris Jones          Gordon Elliott

 

MIGHT BITE                       10           The Knot Again Partnership           Nicky Henderson 

 

MINELLA ROCCO              9             J P McManus      Jonjo O'Neill 

 

MISTER WHITAKER          7             Tim Radford        Mick Channon 

 

MONALEE                          8             Barry Maloney   Henry de Bromhead

 

MONBEG NOTORIOUS    8             Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

 

NATIVE RIVER                   9             Brocade Racing  Colin Tizzard 

 

NOBLE ENDEAVOR           10           Chris Jones          Gordon Elliott

 

OUTLANDER                      11           Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

 

PRESENTING PERCY         8             Philip Reynolds   Patrick Kelly

 

RATHVINDEN                    11           Ronnie Bartlett  Willie Mullins

 

ROAD TO RESPECT           8             Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade

 

SHATTERED LOVE             8             Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott

 

SIZING JOHN                      9             Ann & Alan Potts Limited               Jessica Harrington

 

SNOW FALCON                9             Patricia Hunt       Noel Meade

 

TERREFORT                        6             Simon Munir & Isaac Souede        Nicky Henderson 

 

THE STORYTELLER            8             Mrs Pat Sloan     Gordon Elliott

 

THISTLECRACK                  11           John and Heather Snook Colin Tizzard 

 

TOTAL RECALL                  10           Slaneyville Syndicate        Willie Mullins

 

TOUT EST PERMIS            6             Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade

 

VALTOR                              10           Simon Munir & Isaac Souede        Nicky Henderson 

 

YALA ENKI                          9             Hills of Ledbury (Aga)       Venetia Williams 

 

YORKHILL                           9             Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins

 

 

 

Breakdown of Entries by Trainer

 

9 entries

 

Willie Mullins  - Acapella Bourgeois, Al Boum Photo, Bellshill, Invitation Only, Kemboy, Killultagh Vic, Rathvinden, Total Recall, Yorkhill

 

7 entries

 

Gordon Elliott  - Don Poli, Mala Beach, Monbeg Notorious, Noble Endeavor, Outlander, Shattered Love, The Storyteller

 

4 entries

 

Paul Nicholls - Black Corton, Clan Des Obeaux, Frodon, Give Me A Copper

 

3 entries

 

Nicky Henderson - Might Bite, Terrefort, Valtor

 

Noel Meade  - Road To Respect, Snow Falcon, Tout Est Permis

 

Colin Tizzard - Elegant Escape, Native River, Thistlecrack

 

2 entries

 

Henry de Bromhead  - Balko Des Flos, Monalee

 

Nigel Twiston-Davies - Blaklion, Bristol De Mai

 

1 entry

 

Mark Bradstock - Coneygree

 

Mick Channon - Mister Whitaker

 

Brian Ellison - Definitly Red

 

Harry Fry - American

 

Tom George - Double Shuffle

 

Jessica Harrington  - Sizing John

 

Patrick Kelly  - Presenting Percy

 

Tony Martin  - Anibale Fly

 

Jonjo O'Neill - Minella Rocco

 

Venetia Williams - Yala Enki  

 

The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the few the races to have eluded Willie Mullins - he has saddled six seconds - but he has the most entries of any handler in 2019 with nine engaged.

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