Skip to main content Skip to site footer

Oops, your browser is out of date - Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Last three winners among 31 entries for 2020 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup

Press Release 8th January 2020 Cheltenham

By Race News

The 2019 winner Al Boum Photo headlines 31 entries for the 2020 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Friday, 13 March.

view full media pack

The G1 highlight carries a total prize fund of at least £625,000 and takes place over an extended three and a quarter miles of the New Course on the fourth and final day of The Festival™ presented by Magners.

Al Boum Photo ended Willie Mullins' long and agonising wait for a first victory in Jump racing's Blue Riband, with Ireland's multiple champion Jump trainer having saddled the runner-up on six occasions.

The great Best Mate (2002, 2003, 2004) is the most recent horse to successfully defend the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup and Al Boum Photo is likely to head straight to Cheltenham following a convincing victory in a G3 chase at Tramore on 1 January, just as he did in 2019.

Mullins accounts for four of the 16 Irish-trained entries in total, with Al Boum Photo joined by his G1 Punchestown Gold Cup conqueror Kemboy, Bellshill and Real Steel.

Two other winners of the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup are engaged - 2018 victor Native River (Colin Tizzard) and 2017 scorer Sizing John (Jessica Harrington IRE). They are aiming to emulate Kauto Star (2007 & 2009), who is the only horse to regain the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Ireland's challenge also includes multiple G1 winners Delta Work (Gordon Elliott) and Road To Respect (Noel Meade), who are among six entries for ownership powerhouse Gigginstown House Stud, as well as 2018 G1 RSA Insurance Novices' Chase victor Presenting Percy (Pat Kelly), who started the 100/30 favourite in 2019 when finishing eighth.

No current trainer has enjoyed more success in the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup than Paul Nicholls, thanks to the triumphs of See More Business (1999), Kauto Star and Denman (2008). The Ditcheat handler has two entries in 2020 - last year's fifth Clan Des Obeaux, who captured the G1 King George VI Chase for a second time at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, and Frodon, who scored a memorable success in the 2019 G1 Ryanair Chase under Bryony Frost.

Lostintranslation (Colin Tizzard) was pulled up behind Clan Des Obeaux at Kempton Park and has since undergone a wind operation, but had impressed previously when narrowly outgunning Bristol de Mai (Nigel Twiston-Davies) in the G1 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park in November.

Bristol de Mai, who finished third in last year's Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, has been kept fresh since the Betfair Chase and is likely to run next in the £100,000 G2 Cotswold Chase on Festival Trials Day, 25 January, the final meeting at Cheltenham before The Festival.

Anthony Bromley, racing manager for owners Simon Munir & Isaac Souede, said: "Bristol de Mai has been pleasing Nigel and is on schedule for the Cotswold Chase at the end of the month, in preparation hopefully for another tilt at the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.

"The idea after the Betfair Chase was to always go Cotswold Chase and then Gold Cup, and Nigel has been particularly happy with him of late. There wasn't really a race for him over Christmas, as we did not want to take him to Kempton because he hasn't really fired there for the last couple of years.

"He finished third in the Gold Cup last year and, although he is fairly big odds as things stand, we are looking forward to having another crack at it. Maybe his odds are a touch too big, but we are not kidding ourselves because it is going to be a tough ask. I suppose if he goes and wins the Cotswold Chase, he will shorten, won't he?

"We have put him in the Ryanair Chase as well, just to give us that option, but it is more than likely that he goes for the Gold Cup."

In the Cotswold Chase, Bristol de Mai is likely to clash with Santini (Nicky Henderson), runner-up last season at The Festival in what looked a strong renewal of the G1 RSA Insurance Novices' Chase, and Ladbrokes Trophy hero De Rasher Counter (Emma Lavelle).

Other Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup entries to note are the in-form Henry de Bromhead-trained pair of Monalee and Chris's Dream. Monalee finished second behind Delta Work in the G1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, while Chris's Dream captured the Troytown Handicap Chase impressively at Navan when last seen out in November.

 

The scratchings deadline for the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup is at noon on Tuesday, 11 February, with the details revealed the following day. The six-day confirmation and £31,250 supplementary entry stage takes place on Saturday, March 7

view full media pack

If you need any information about racing at Cheltenham, please contact: Sarah Jane Muirie, Communications Manager - Jockey Club Racecourses South West 01242537683 SarahJane.Muirie@thejockeyclub.co.uk

The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup

Grade 1, £625,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.30pm, Cheltenham, Friday, March 13, 2020. Three miles, two and a half furlongs (3m 2f 70y). For 5yo+ who are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including the day prior to confirmation. Horses who are not qualified for a rating in GB, IRE or FR may also be entered & such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including the day prior to confirmation would merit a minimum rating of 130 (the decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final). Weights: 5yo 11st 8lb, 6yo+ 11st 10lb. Allowances: mares 7lb. Entries closed Tuesday, January 7 (31 entries), scratchings' deadline Tuesday, February 11, £31,250 supplementary entry stage & six-day confirmation stage Saturday, March 7. Final 48-hour declaration stage, 10.00am, Wednesday, March 11 Maximum number of runners - 24.

Horse

Age

Owner

Trainer

Al Boum Photo (FR)

8

Marie Donnelly

Willie Mullins IRE

Alpha des Obeaux (FR)

10

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Balko des Flos (FR)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Henry de Bromhead IRE

Bellshill (IRE)

10

Andrea & Graham Wylie

Willie Mullins IRE

Bristol de Mai (FR)

9

Simon Munir & Isaac Souede

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

Cepage (FR)

8

The Bellamy Partnership

Venetia Williams 

Chris's Dream (IRE)

8

Robcour

Henry de Bromhead IRE

Clan des Obeaux (FR)

8

Mr & Mrs P Barber, G Mason, Sir A Ferguson

Paul Nicholls 

De Rasher Counter

8

Makin' Bacon Partnership

Emma Lavelle 

Death Duty (IRE)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Delta Work (FR)

7

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Discorama (FR)

7

Andrew Gemmell/Thomas Friel

Paul Nolan IRE

Elegant Escape (IRE)

8

J P Romans

Colin Tizzard 

Frodon (FR)

8

Paul Vogt

Paul Nicholls 

Jett (IRE)

9

G M McGrath

Jessica Harrington IRE 

Kauto Riko (FR)

9

Mr and Mrs J Dale and Partners

Tom Gretton 

Kemboy (FR)

8

Kemboy/Brett Graham/Ken Sharp Syndicate

Willie Mullins IRE

La Bague Au Roi (FR)

9

Mrs Julien Turner & Andrew Merriam

Warren Greatrex 

Lostintranslation (IRE)

8

Taylor & O'Dwyer

Colin Tizzard 

Mister Whitaker (IRE)

8

Tim Radford

Mick Channon 

Monalee (IRE)

9

Barry Maloney

Henry de Bromhead IRE

Native River (IRE)

10

Brocade Racing

Colin Tizzard 

Presenting Percy

9

Philip Reynolds

Patrick Kelly IRE 

Real Steel (FR)

7

Sullivan Bloodstock Limited

Willie Mullins IRE

Road To Respect (IRE)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Noel Meade IRE

Saint Calvados (FR)

7

Kate & Andrew Brooks

Harry Whittington 

Santini

8

Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes

Nicky Henderson 

Shattered Love (IRE)

9

Gigginstown House Stud

Gordon Elliott IRE

Sizing John

10

Ann & Alan Potts Limited

Jessica Harrington IRE

The Conditional (IRE)

8

P J Cave

David Bridgwater 

Top Ville Ben (IRE)

8

Harbour Rose Partnership

Philip Kirby 

 

31 entries

16 Irish-trained

MORE LIKE THIS

Cookie Policy

We use “cookies” to help enhance your experience and improve the functionality of our website. You can find out more in our cookie policy. We also serve cookies, some with chocolate chips, on our racecourses.

Loading