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Press Release 22nd November 2022 Cheltenham

A total of 34 entries are revealed today for the AIS December Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday 10th December – day two of The International.

The extended two and a half-mile Premier Handicap chase takes place on the New Course and is sponsored in 2022 by AIS – a Gloucester-headquartered company that specialises in protecting life, infrastructure, equipment and vital assets on land and sea.

Among the entries are Midnight River, who was third in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at The November Meeting and Al Dancer, who scored a victory over the Grand National fences in the Boylesports Best Odds Guaranteed On Racing Grand Sefton Handicap Chase on November 5th, when he held on by a nose from Gesskille.

The 13-times champion Jump trainer Paul Nicholls has saddled a record five winners of the contest and he has three entries this time around –Paddy Power Gold Cup fourth Il Ridoto plus Simply The Betts and Broken Halo.

Ireland has taken the December Gold Cup on five occasions, most recently with Chatham Street Lad in 2020. There are three Irish-trained entries in 2022 – Ciel De Neige and Haut En Couleurs from the stable of Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Willie Mullins as well as the Norman Lee-trained Sole Pretender, who has twice finished third in novice company at Cheltenham already this season.

Weights for the AIS December Gold Cup will be revealed on Tuesday 29th November.

AIS December Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Premier Handicap) 2m 4f 127y

Cheltenham – Saturday 10th December

Al Dancer (FR) 9 Walters Plant Hire Ltd Sam Thomas

Brief Times (IRE) 6 Ms S. Exell Neil Mulholland

Broken Halo 7 Giraffa Racing - BH Paul Nicholls

Cheddleton 7 Mr P. And Mrs G. A. Clarke Jennie Candlish

Ciel De Neige (FR) 7 Mr John P. McManus W. P. Mullins Ireland

Coconut Splash (IRE) 7 Mr & Mrs William Rucker Evan Williams

Demachine (IRE) 8 West Coast Haulage Limited Kerry Lee

Deyrann de Carjac (FR) 9 Mr J. Law Alan King

Elvis Mail (FR) 8 The Ladies Who N. W. Alexander

Fantastic Lady (FR) 7 Mr E. R. Hanbury Nicky Henderson

Fern Hill (IRE) 7 Cross Foran Harrison Ben Case

Five Star Getaway (IRE) 8 Carl Hinchy and Mark Scott Christian Williams

Frero Banbou (FR) 7 Mr P. Davies Venetia Williams

Fugitif (FR) 7 Mr Carl Hinchy & Dr Emad Hussain Richard Hobson

Gesskille (FR) 6 The Nevers Racing Partnership I Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero

Haut En Couleurs (FR) 5 Mrs J. Donnelly W. P. Mullins Ireland

Il Ridoto (FR) 5 Giles, Hogarth, Mason & McGoff Paul Nicholls

Jacamar (GER) 7 Mark & Maria Adams Milton Harris

Janika (FR) 9 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson

Kauto Riko (FR) 11 Mr and Mrs J.Dale and Partners Tom Gretton

Knight In Dubai (IRE) 9 Mr & Mrs Ben Houghton Dan Skelton

Magic Dancer 10 The Magic Partnership Kerry Lee

Midnight River 7 Mr Frank McAleavy Dan Skelton

Nassalam (FR) 5 John and Yvonne Stone Gary Moore

Nocte Volatus 7 Lady Cobham and Dauntsey Park Tom Lacey

Numitor 8 Mr Paul G. Jacobs and Wetumpka Racing Heather Main

Shakem Up'arry (IRE) 8 Mr Harry Redknapp Ben Pauling

Silver Hallmark 8 Mr & Mrs William Rucker Fergal O'Brien

Simply The Betts (IRE) 9 Mr David Maxwell Paul Nicholls

Smarty Wild 8 Mr Michael and Mrs Norma Tuckey Philip Hobbs

Sole Pretender (IRE) 8 Mr M. P. Hogan Norman Lee Ireland

Stolen Silver (FR) 7 Walters Plant Hire & Potter Group Sam Thomas

Storm Control (IRE) 9 Mr Will Roseff Kerry Lee

War Lord (GER) 7 The Wychwood Partnership Joe Tizzard

34 entries

3 Irish-trained


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