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Happy Diva could bid for rare double as 38 entered for Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

Press Release 27th November 2019 Cheltenham

The first three from the BetVictor Gold Cup - Happy Diva, Brelan D'As and Warthog - feature among 38 entries revealed today for the £130,000 G3 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday, 14 December, day two of The International.

Happy Diva was brought down when going well in the 2018 BetVictor Gold Cup, but gained rich compensation in the prestigious G3 handicap chase earlier this month with a battling success under conditional rider Richard Patrick.

The eight-year-old mare has the chance to become the fourth horse to win both the BetVictor Gold Cup and Caspian Caviar Gold Cup in the same season, following Pegwell Bay (1988), Senor El Betrutti (1997) and Exotic Dancer (2006).

Trainer Kerry Lee said: "Happy Diva has come out of the BetVictor Gold Cup in good form.

"We were delighted with the performance and it was fantastic to see her win a big race like that.

"She has been entered in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and that race is a possible target.

"At this stage, the race is an option and we will make a firm decision nearer the time."

 

Richard Patrick holds the BetVictor Gold Cup following Happy Diva's success 

 

Cepage chased home subsequent G1 Ryanair Chase hero Frodon in last year's Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and the seven-year-old will attempt to go one better.

Trained by Venetia Williams, Cepage did not race for the remainder of last season, but reappeared this term with a good second behind Riders Onthe Storm (Nigel Twiston-Davies) in a valuable handicap chase at Aintree on 9 November. 

Williams said: "Cepage shaped really well at Aintree when finishing second.

"He had been off the track for 11 months after sustaining a tendon injury last year in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. That race is again the plan with him.

"He has run some great races in defeat and it would be great if he could get his head in front in a race like this."

Frodon's trainer Paul Nicholls is the most successful handler in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup with five wins. Aside from Brelan D'As, Nicholls has also engaged impressive Ascot scorer Capeland, Secret Investor and Magic Saint.

Nicky Henderson has seven entries, the most of any trainer. They include O O Seven, who has not been seen since plundering a valuable handicap chase at the Punchestown Festival, and talented mare Casablanca Mix.

Willie Mullins is responsible for both of the Irish-trained entries - multiple G2 victor Acapella Bourgeois and second season chaser Robin des Foret.

Guitar Pete (Nicky Richards) landed the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup in 2017 and could attempt to become the third multiple winner of the race, following Poquelin (2009 & 2010) and Frodon (2016 & 2018).

Other eye-catching entries include Kalashnikov (Amy Murphy), a G1-winning novice last season, and Keeper Hill (Warren Greatrex), who captured a graduation chase at Haydock Park on 23 November.

The weights for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup will be released at noon on Wednesday, 4 December.

Day two of The International also features the £140,000 G2 Unibet International Hurdle, a leading trial for the G1 Unibet Champion Hurdle at The Festival™ presented by Magners in March.

The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

G3 handicap chase, £130,000 total prize fund. Saturday, December 14. Two miles, four and a half furlongs. For four-year-olds and upwards. Penalties: after December 1, a winner of a chase 5lb. Entries closed November 26, entries revealed November 27 (38 entries). Weights revealed December 4. Five-day confirmations December 9, final declarations December 12. Maximum field 17 runners plus two reserves.

Name

Age

Owner

Trainer

Acapella Bourgeois (FR)

9

Slaneyville Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

Azzerti (FR)

7

McNeill Family and Prodec Networks Ltd

Alan King 

Benatar (IRE)

7

Ashley Head

Gary Moore 

Brelan d'As (FR)

8

J P McManus

Paul Nicholls 

Capeland (FR)

7

Mrs Kathy Stuart

Paul Nicholls 

Casablanca Mix (FR)

7

E R Hanbury

Nicky Henderson 

Cepage (FR)

7

The Bellamy Partnership

Venetia Williams 

Clondaw Castle (IRE)

7

J French, D McDermott, S Nelson, T Syder

Tom George 

Didero Vallis (FR)

6

Lady Bolton

Venetia Williams 

Divine Spear (IRE)

8

Middleham Park Racing LXII

Nicky Henderson 

Eamon An Cnoic (IRE)

8

The Angove Family

David Pipe 

Generous Day (IRE)

7

R G Whitehead

Henry Oliver 

Go Long (IRE)

9

William & Angela Rucker

Evan Williams 

Good Man Pat (IRE)

6

David Sewell

Alan King 

Guitar Pete (IRE)

9

Mrs Pat Sloan

Nicky Richards 

Happy Diva (IRE)

8

Will Roseff

Kerry Lee 

Highway One O One (IRE)

7

Anthony Ward-Thomas

Chris Gordon 

Imperial Presence (IRE)

8

Sir Christopher & Lady Wates

Philip Hobbs 

Kalashnikov (IRE)

6

Paul Murphy

Amy Murphy 

Keeper Hill (IRE)

8

McNeill Family

Warren Greatrex 

Knocknanuss (IRE)

9

Hail Sargent Evans

Gary Moore 

Kobrouk (FR)

8

John & Barbara Cotton

Nicky Henderson 

Lalor (GER)

7

D G Staddon

Kayley Woollacott 

Magic Saint (FR)

5

John & Barbara Cotton

Paul Nicholls 

Molineaux (IRE)

8

John and Heather Snook

Colin Tizzard 

Not That Fuisse (FR)

6

Colm Donlon

Dan Skelton 

O O Seven (IRE)

9

Christopher Hanbury

Nicky Henderson 

Rather Be (IRE)

8

Eventmasters Racing

Nicky Henderson 

Riders Onthe Storm (IRE)

6

Carl Hinchy and Mark Scott

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Robin des Foret (IRE)

9

Byerley Racing Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

Secret Investor

7

Hills of Ledbury (Aga)

Paul Nicholls 

Sky Pirate

6

Lady Bamford & Alice Bamford

Jonjo O'Neill 

Spiritofthegames (IRE)

7

N W Lake

Dan Skelton 

The Bay Birch (IRE)

8

Tony Scrivin

Matt Sheppard 

Theinval (FR)

9

Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr

Nicky Henderson 

Vaniteux (FR)

10

C R Leech

Sophie Leech 

Warthog (FR)

7

Professor Caroline Tisdall & Bryan Drew

David Pipe 

Wenyerreadyfreddie (IRE)

8

M Landau & J Lightfoot

Nicky Henderson 

 

38 entries

2 Irish-trained

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