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Paul Stewart Ironspine Charity Challenge Gold Cup (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) (Class 1) of £100,000.00 4-y-o plus

2m. 5f. 1st - £56,950.00 2nd - £21,370.00 3rd - £10,700.00 4th - £5,330.00 14 Declared Heavy (Soft in places)


Wishfull Thinking 9,ch g 11-12

Alflora-Poussetiere Deux

(28)(Mrs Diana L Whateley)
Rated 162

Philip Hobbs

R Johnson

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Cristal Bonus 6,b g 11-7

Della Francesca-Cristal Springs

(43)(Mr R J H Geffen)
Rated 157

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Quantitativeeasing 7,ch g 11-3


(29)(Mr John P McManus)
Rated 153

E Bolger

B J Geraghty

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Walkon 7,gr g 10-12

Take Risks-La Tirana

(29)(McNeill Family)
Rated 148

Alan King

R Thornton

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Tatenen 8,b g 10-11

Lost World-Tamaziya

(246)(The Stewart Family)
Rated 147

R Rowe

A Thornton

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Tartak 9,b g 10-9


(57)(Power Panels Electrical Systems Ltd)
Rated 145

V Dartnall

R Johnson

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Nadiya De La Vega 6,b m 10-9

Lost World-Shinobie

(29)(John P McManus)
Rated 145

Nicky Henderson

A P McCoy

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Astracad 6,br g 10-8

Cadoudal-Astre Eria

(30)(Mr H R Mould)
Rated 144

Nigel Twiston-Davies

S Twiston-Davies

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Notus De La Tour 6,b g 10-8


Rated 144

D E Pipe

T Scudamore

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Micheal Flips 8,b g 10-6

Kayf Tara-Pianissimo

(15)(John P McManus)
Rated 142

E Bolger

James Banks(7)

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Renard 7,b g 10-4

Discover d'Auteuil-Kirmelia

(15)(ROA Arkle Partnership)
Rated 140

Miss Venetia Williams

Aidan Coleman

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Golden Chieftain 7,b g 10-2

Tikkanen-Golden Flower

(36)(Brocade Racing)
Rated 138

C L Tizzard

D Crosse

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Divers 8,gr g 10-2

Highest Honor-Divination

(1)(Let's Live Racing)
Rated 138

Donald McCain

Non Runner

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De Boitron 8,b g 10-1


(36)(Mrs J Morgan & Mrs Lindsey J Shaw)
Rated 137

Sue Smith

2nd Preference

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Kingsmere 7,b g 10-1

King's Theatre-Lady Emily

(29)(Mr E R Hanbury)
Rated 137

H D Daly

Non Runner

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Hell's Bay 10,b g 10-0

Supreme Leader-Queen's Flagship

(41)(Mr A J Norman)
Rated 135

K Burke

Gavin Sheehan(5)

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Have You Seen Me 9,b g 10-0

Beneficial-Silent Supreme

(612)(Mr Bryan Mathieson)
Rated 131

Nigel Twiston-Davies

Adam Wedge(3)

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Unioniste 4,gr g 10-0

Dom Alco-Gleep Will

(30)(Mr J Hales)
Rated 137

Paul Nicholls

Harry Derham(5)

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Probable SP 9/2 Walkon, 5/1 Unioniste, 6/1 Cristal Bonus, 7/1 Notus De La Tour, 8/1 Astracad, 10/1 Nadiya De La Vega, 12/1 Wishfull Thinking, 14/1 Quantitativeeasing, 16/1 Golden Chieftain, Tartak, 20/1 Hell's Bay, Micheal Flips, Renard, 25/1 De Boitron, Tatenen, 33/1 Others.

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Ruby Walsh on Hargam, Triumph Hurdle, March 13th 1.30pm

This looks a very open contest and his stablemate Peace or Co looks a strong favourite at 5/2. But I think his stable mate Hargam at 13/2 will put it up to him. He travels well in his race and jumps well so there's no issues there. He had the speed to win Musselburgh and the stamina to win at Cheltenham and that's a deadly combination in a race like this.

Charlie Austin on Silviniaco Conti, Gold Cup, March 13th 3.20pm

I'd really like Silviniaco Conti at 4/1 to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and if he can reproduce his King George winning run then he'll take all the beating. Or get him at an exclusive enhanced price of 16/1 for new customers. There are some concerns though. Will he handle the course and the hill? Kempton is a very flat track in comparison. Can he put in a faultless jumping performance? The proof will be in the pudding on Friday but I'm hopeful. After Djakadam won the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in January I tweeted that, although it was a good performance, he'd never get anywhere near Silviniaco Conti. The dynamic of the Gold Cup has changed slightly since then, and Rich Ricci was very sweet on the chances of Djakadam at Paddy Power's Cheltenham Preview Night in London. Djakadam is 8/1 for the Gold Cup. There are plenty of other challengers for the crown as well. Nicky Henderson is desperate for the ground to stay dry for 2013 champ Bobs Worth (18/1), and he was my pick last year but finished fifth. On His Own at 33/1 ran a huge race 12 months ago to finish second, and who says Lord Windermere, who's priced at 20/1, can't reproduce last year's effort. It's got the makings of a great race but I'm edging towards Conti still.

Rich Ricci on Djakadam, Gold Cup, March 13th 3.20pm

I love this horse, I really do. I've been unusually unabashed in my admiration for him. I think this horse has huge potential. He was an ok hurdler, but he has great form and I was disappointed last year when he fell in the JLT. I knew when I saw him in the Hennessey and again in the following race that he was fat. So I really can't wait to see what he does when he's fit. My only concern for him is that he is six years old. I know Longrun did it at six, but we're a bit young, a bit inexperienced. But! I think he's jumping will hold up, he'll stay the trip so he really has a great chance. Djakadam ridden by Ruby Walsh is 8/1 to take home the Gold cup for Willie Mullins.

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