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Ryanair Chase second Aso heads weights for BetVictor Gold Cup

Press Release 6th November 2019 Cheltenham

Wednesday, 6 November, 2019 - The 168-rated Aso has been allotted top-weight of 11st 12lb for the £160,000 G3 BetVictor Gold Cup (42 entries) at Cheltenham, details of which are revealed today.

Run over two and a half miles, the BetVictor Gold Cup is one of the most coveted handicap chases of the season and takes place on the second day of The November Meeting, Saturday, 16 November.

Aso (Venetia Williams) defied top-weight to win a G3 handicap chase on Festival Trials Day in January and then ended the campaign with a gallant second in the G1 Ryanair Chase at The Festival™ presented by Magners, both over intermediate distances. The nine-year-old, who is a 20/1 chance with BetVictor, took third on his comeback when upped in distance for the G2 Charlie Hall Chase over three miles at Wetherby on 2 November.

BetVictor's 6/1 favourite Slate House (Colin Tizzard) has been given 10st 5lb, following a dominant 11-length victory in the Matchbook Best Value Betting Exchange Novices' Chase over the course and distance at The Showcase on 26 October.

Saint Calvados (Harry Whittington, 11st 3lb) also triumphed at The Showcase, taking the two-mile Randox Health Handicap Chase in good style under top-weight. Three horses have won the Randox Health Handicap Chase, run over two and half miles until 2015, and the BetVictor Gold Cup in the same season - Johns Spirit (2013), Shooting Light (2001) and The Outback Way (1999).

Chris Gordon is eyeing a big run from second season chaser Highway One O One (10st 2lb), whose most recent start over fences saw him finish third in the G2 Cure Parkinson's And Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Limited Handicap Chase at The April Meeting. Prior to that, his efforts included a good second in the Timeform Novices' Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day.

The seven-year-old, a 25/1 chance with the sponsor, warmed up for the BetVictor Gold Cup with an encouraging second in a handicap hurdle at Fontwell Park on 5 October.

Gordon said: "Highway One O One definitely goes for the BetVictor Gold Cup, provided nothing goes wrong between now and then.

"We know he handles the track well, having run a couple of solid races there last season, and it looks like he will have a lovely racing weight too.

"We thought about him starting him off Chepstow, but myself and the owner [Anthony Ward-Thomas] were due to go to the Czech Republic that weekend to watch the Velka Pardubice, so we decided to run a week earlier at Fontwell.

"I thought he ran a lovely race there and that should set us up nicely for Cheltenham a week on Saturday."

Cheltenham form is also held by rapid improver Siruh Du Lac (Nick Williams, 10st 8lb), who defeated Janika (Nicky Henderson, 11st 6lb ex 5lb penalty) and Spiritofthegames (Dan Skelton, 10st 8lb) in the G3 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at The Festival™.

Janika has a 5lb penalty as a result of his victory in the G2 Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter on 5 November. His trainer Nicky Henderson also has Casablanca Mix (10st 12lb) among his five entries, who impressed in winning a Listed handicap chase at Market Rasen in July.

The three Irish-trained entries are led by Us And Them (Joseph O'Brien, 10st 10lb) and Articulum (Terence O'Brien, 10st 7lb). Both horses contested the two-mile G1 Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy at The Festival™, finishing second and third respectively behind impressive winner Duc Des Genievres.

Articulum returned from his summer break with a staying-on second behind stablemate Lakemilan in a grade B handicap chase over just shy of two and a quarter miles at Cork on 20 October. The nine-year-old is 25/1 with BetVictor.

O'Brien reported: "Articulum has a couple of entries at Navan and Naas this weekend, but I would say it is more than likely that he will go for the BetVictor Gold Cup.

"He is rated 148 over fences in Ireland, so I suppose 149 in England is OK. I would expect him to run up to his mark and if he could run a bit beyond it, he should be there or thereabouts - I think he can improve a bit.

"He has mainly run over two miles over fences, but he has won a couple of bumpers over two miles and three furlongs, as well as a point-to-point over three miles. I don't see the trip being a problem to be honest.

"I would like the ground to be on the easy side. I don't think the ground could be too soft for him."

Other notable contenders include Kalashnikov (Amy Murphy, 10st 13lb), a G1-winning novice over fences at Aintree last season, and Black Corton (11st 7lb), one of five contenders for champion trainer Paul Nicholls.

BetVictor Gold Cup - BetVictor prices:

6/1 Slate House

8/1 Janika, Kalashnikov, Saint Calvados, Spiritofthegames

10/1 Siruh du Lac

12/1 Casablanca Mix, Us And Them

14/1 Black Corton, Secret Investor

16/1 Brelan D'As, Capeland, Guitar Pete, Knocknanuss, Magic Saint, Springtown Lake, White Moon

20/1 Aso, Cepage, Count Meribel, Eamon An Cnoic, Happy Diva, Potterman, Whatswrongwithyou

25/1 Articulum, Charmant, Highway One O One, Sky Pirate, Warthog

33/1 Belami des Pictons, Dead Right, Dell Oro, Go Long, Gold Present, Got Away, Mercian Prince, O O Seven, Royal Village, The West's Awake, Western Miller

50/1 Demi Sang, Splash Of Ginge

Each-way 1/5 1,2,3,4,5

Sebastopol given 10st 9lb as weights unveiled for Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle

Leading fancy Sebastopol has been allotted 10st 9lb for the £100,000 G3 Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (42 entries) over two miles, the highlight on the final day of The November Meeting, Sunday, 17 November.

Trained by Tom Lacey, Sebastopol is the 10/1 joint-favourite with Unibet alongside Fusil Raffles (11st 10lb) following an impressive seven-length success in a handicap hurdle at Wincanton on 17 October.

French import Fusil Raffles, one of eight contenders for trainer Nicky Henderson, is unbeaten in 2019, landing the G2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle at Kempton Park in February and G1 Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at the Punchestown Festival in May.

The weights are topped on 11st 12lb by the 154-rated Le Patriote (Dr Richard Newland), who has not raced since landing the G3 Pertemps Network Swinton Handicap Hurdle at Haydock Park in May.

Others to note include Benny's Bridge (Fergal O'Brien, 10st 9lb), successful over the course and distance The Showcase last month.

Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle - Unibet prices:

10/1 Fusil Raffles, Sebastopol

12/1 Ecco, Gumball, Humble Hero, Janidil, Monsieur Lecoq, Quel Destin

14/1 Benny's Bridge, Epatante

16/1 Brain Power, Red Force One

20/1 Countister, Pic D'Orhy

25/1 Ajdali, Christopher Wood, Dame de Compagnie, Fanfan Du Seuil, Le Patriote, Lisp, Mohaayed, Nordic Combined, Project Bluebook, Rathill, Zanza

33/1 Beat The Judge, Brandon Castle, Didtheyleaveuoutto, Golden Spear, Hannon, Harambe, La Sorelita, Leoncavallo, Lust For Glory, Scaramanga

40/1 De Mazzaro, Man Of Plenty, Torcello, Quoi de Neuf

50/1 Monsieur d'Arque

66/1 Allez Dance, Grapevine

Each-way 1/4 1,2,3,4

The BetVictor Gold Cup

Grade 3 handicap chase, £160,000 total prize fund. Cheltenham, Saturday, 16 November. Two miles, four furlongs (2m 4f 44y). For four-year-olds and upwards. Penalties: after November 3, a winner of a chase 5lb. Entries closed October 29, entries revealed October 30 (42 entries). Weights revealed November 6. Five-day confirmation stage November 11, final declarations November 14. Maximum field size 20 runners plus 2 reserves.

 

Horse

Age

Wgt

Owner

Trainer

Aso (FR)

9

11-12

The Bellamy Partnership

Venetia Williams 

Black Corton (FR)

8

11-07

The Brooks Family & J Kyle

Paul Nicholls 

Janika (FR)

6

11-06 (ex5lb)

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

Saint Calvados (FR)

6

11-03

Kate & Andrew Brooks

Harry Whittington 

O O Seven (IRE)

9

10-13

Christopher Hanbury

Nicky Henderson 

Kalashnikov (IRE)

6

10-13

Paul Murphy

Amy Murphy 

Casablanca Mix (FR)

7

10-12

E R Hanbury

Nicky Henderson 

Gold Present (IRE)

9

10-10

John & Barbara Cotton

Nicky Henderson 

Us And Them (IRE)

6

10-10

Burnham P & D Ltd

Joseph O'Brien IRE

Siruh du Lac (FR)

6

10-08

John White & Anne Underhill

Nick Williams 

Spiritofthegames (IRE)

7

10-08

N W Lake

Dan Skelton 

Secret Investor

7

10-08

Hills of Ledbury (Aga)

Paul Nicholls 

Articulum (IRE)

9

10-07

Martin McDonagh/Paul Murphy/M Nixon

Terence O'Brien IRE

Magic Saint (FR)

5

10-06

John & Barbara Cotton

Paul Nicholls 

Slate House (IRE)

7

10-05

Eric Jones, Geoff Nicholas, John Romans

Colin Tizzard 

Cepage (FR)

7

10-05

The Bellamy Partnership

Venetia Williams 

Belami des Pictons (FR)

8

10-04

Hills of Ledbury (Aga)

Venetia Williams 

Count Meribel

7

10-04

Charles C Walker

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Mercian Prince (IRE)

8

10-04

Paul Murphy

Amy Murphy 

Knocknanuss (IRE)

9

10-04

Hail Sargent Evans

Gary Moore 

The West's Awake (IRE)

8

10-03

Sue Magnier

Edward O'Grady IRE

Highway One O One (IRE)

7

10-02

Anthony Ward-Thomas

Chris Gordon 

Capeland (FR)

7

10-01

Kathy Stuart

Paul Nicholls 

Happy Diva (IRE)

8

10-01

Will Roseff

Kerry Lee 

Demi Sang (FR)

6

10-00

J P McManus

Ben Haslam 

Royal Village (IRE)

7

10-00

R Triple H

Ian Williams 

Potterman

6

10-00

James & Jean Potter Ltd

Alan King 

Whatswrongwithyou (IRE)

8

10-00

5 Hertford Street Racing Club

Nicky Henderson 

White Moon (GER)

7

10-00

Brocade Racing

Colin Tizzard 

Guitar Pete (IRE)

9

9-13

Mrs Pat Sloan

Nicky Richards 

Western Miller (IRE)

8

9-11

The Pantechnicons IV

Charlie Longsdon 

Charmant (FR)

7

9-11

A Phillips & Mr&Mrs Sperling

James Ewart 

Eamon An Cnoic (IRE)

8

9-10

The Angove Family

David Pipe 

Brelan d'As (FR)

8

9-10

J P McManus

Paul Nicholls 

Got Away (FR)

6

9-09

B McDonald and B Mellon

Oliver Sherwood 

Springtown Lake (IRE)

7

9-09

Tim Syder

Philip Hobbs 

Dell Oro (FR)

6

9-07

Galloping On The South Downs Partnership

Gary Moore 

Warthog (FR)

7

9-04

Professor Caroline Tisdall & Bryan Drew

David Pipe 

Sky Pirate

6

9-04

Lady Bamford & Alice Bamford

Jonjo O'Neill 

Splash of Ginge

11

9-02

J D Neild

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Dead Right

7

9-02

J P McManus

Neil Mulholland 

Go Long (IRE)

9

9-00

William & Angela Rucker

Evan Williams 

42 entries

3 Irish-trained

 

The Unibet Greatwood Hurdle

Grade 3, £100,000 total prize fund. Cheltenham, Sunday, 17 November. Two miles and half a furlong (2m 87y). For four-year-olds and upwards. Penalties: after November 3, a winner of a hurdle 5lb. Entries closed October 29, entries revealed October 30 (42 entries). Weights revealed November 6. Six-day confirmation stage November 11, final declarations November 15. Maximum field size 24 runners.

Horse

Age

Wgt

Owner

Trainer

Le Patriote (FR)

7

11-12

Canard Vert Racing Club

Dr Richard Newland 

Brain Power (IRE)

8

11-10

Michael Buckley

Nicky Henderson 

Fusil Raffles (FR)

4

11-10

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

Mohaayed

7

11-07

June Watts

Dan Skelton 

Quel Destin (FR)

4

11-07

Martin Broughton & Friends

Paul Nicholls 

Gumball (FR)

5

11-05

Terry Warner

Philip Hobbs 

Pic D'orhy (FR)

4

11-04

Mrs Johnny de la Hey

Paul Nicholls 

Lisp (IRE)

5

11-03

Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes

Alan King 

Monsieur Lecoq (FR)

5

11-03

Jane Williams

Jane Williams 

Leoncavallo (IRE)

7

11-01

ValueRacingClubcouk

Dr Richard Newland 

Countister (FR)

7

10-13

J P McManus

Nicky Henderson 

Ecco

4

10-13

Colm Donlon

Paul Nicholls 

Beat The Judge (IRE)

4

10-12

Ed Babington

Gary Moore 

Christopher Wood (IRE)

4

10-12

Ms Sharon Kinsella

Paul Nicholls 

Project Bluebook (FR)

6

10-12

J P McManus

John Quinn 

Adjali (GER)

4

10-12

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nicky Henderson 

Golden Spear

8

10-11

John Breslin

Tony Martin IRE

Janidil (FR)

5

10-10

J P McManus

Willie Mullins IRE

Harambe

6

10-09

Niall Farrell & Friends

Alan King 

Sebastopol (IRE)

5

10-09

C Boultbee-Brooks

Tom Lacey 

Epatante (FR)

5

10-09

J P McManus

Nicky Henderson 

Benny's Bridge (IRE)

6

10-09

Biddestone Racing I

Fergal O'Brien 

Zanza (IRE)

5

10-08

Louisville Syndicate Elite

Philip Hobbs 

Brandon Castle

7

10-07

I A Low & J S English

Neil King 

Rathhill (IRE)

6

10-07

J P McManus

Nicky Henderson 

Hannon (IRE)

4

10-07

D Kierans

John McConnell 

Fanfan du Seuil (FR)

4

10-05

Crossed Fingers Partnership

Tom George 

Lust For Glory (IRE)

6

10-04

Robert Waley-Cohen

Nicky Henderson 

Dame de Compagnie (FR)

6

10-04

J P McManus

Nicky Henderson 

Scaramanga (IRE)

4

10-04

Malcolm C Denmark

Paul Nicholls 

Didtheyleaveuoutto (IRE)

6

10-04

J P McManus

Nick Gifford 

Humble Hero (IRE)

5

10-03

Notalotterry

Dan Skelton 

Quoi de Neuf (FR)

5

10-01

& Mrs William Rucker

Evan Williams 

La Sorelita (FR)

4

10-01

K Alexander

Willie Mullins IRE

Red Force One

4

10-01

Done Ferguson Mason

Paul Nicholls 

Allez Dance (FR)

5

9-13

Simon Munir/Isaac Souede

Willie Mullins IRE

Torcello (IRE)

5

9-13

Dan Gilbert

Shaun Lycett 

Man of Plenty

10

9-11

G Thompson

Sophie Leech 

Monsieur d'Arque (IRE)

5

9-11

Ian Lawrence

Dan Skelton 

Nordic Combined (IRE)

5

9-10

Chris & David Stam

David Pipe 

De Mazzaro (IRE)

5

9-09

John P McGovern

Tom McCourt IRE

Grapevine (IRE)

6

9-06

James Finch

Sophie Leech 

42 entries

6 Irish-trained

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