Poquelin Heads Paddy Power 22

Mon 12th Nov 2012, 13:17

The Leonard Whitmore trained Casey Top is among the entries
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Poquelin heads 22 entries for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday at the six-day confirmation stage.

The nine-year-old top-weight is one of three entries for Paul Nicholls who could also be represented by Al Ferof and last year's fourth Aerial.

Ante-post favourite Grands Crus is the sole representative for David Pipe though Nicky Henderson could have a quartet of runners from Seven Barrows with Quantitativeeasing, Tanks For That, Nadiya de La Vega and Triolo d'Alene all possibles.

Last year's most-improved horse in training, Hunt Ball, is among the hopefuls as are Calgary Bay, Forpadydeplasterer, Michael Flips, Divers and Walkon.

Philip Hobbs is double-handed with Wishfull Thinking and The Disengager while Jonjo O'Neill could also run two with Finger Onthe Pulse and Gilbarry entered.

Kingsmere, Casey Top, Questions Answered and Jamsie Hall complete the 22 entries. The final field, announced on Thursday, has a maximum limit of 20.

Paddy Power bet: Grand Crus 9/4, Hunt Ball 11/2, Walkon 8/1, Al Ferof 8/1, Nadiya De La Vega 12/1, Michael Flips 14/1, Divers 16/1, Aerial 20/1, Quantitativeeasing 20/1, The Disengager 20/1, Tanks For That 20/1, Triolo d'Alene 20/1, Poquelin 25/1, Wishfull Thinking 25/1, Kingsmere 25/1, Calgary Bay 25/1, Gilbarry 33/1, Forpadydeplasterer 33/1, Questions Answered 33/1, Jamsie Hall 33/1, Casey Top 33/1, Finger Onthe Pulse 50/1.

Each Way Odds 1/4 Places 1,2,3,4

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