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Published: 12:33 | 13/1/16

Record Irish entry in Gold Cup


There are 32 horses currently in contention for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, with Irish-trained horses accounting for over half the entries.

Willie Mullins has entries in the March 18 feature with the Irish trainer responsible for last year's runner-up Djakadm and dual Festival winner Vautour, while he also has RSA Chase winner Don Poli, Sir Des Champs, Boston Bob and Valseur Lido, On His Own and Ballycasey.

Irish horses dominate the betting for the blue riband with Gordon Elliott's Don Cossack currently a 4-1 after Grade One victories at Aintree and Punchestown. Elliott also has the option of running No More Heroes and Roi du Mee.

Road To Riches was beaten three and a half lengths into third last year but he could return to Prestbury Park for Noel Meade, who also has Wounded Warrior in the mix.

Mouse Morris has entered First Lieutenant alongside John Kiely's Carlingford Lough, Gilgamboa from Enda Bolger's yard and the Pat Fahy-trained Morning Assembly.

The English challenge is headed by King George VI Chase winner Cue Card, who will win a £1million bonus if he prevails at Cheltenham after victories in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase, the Betfair Chase and the William Hill King George VI Chase.

Hennessy Gold Cup scorer Smad Place could take his chance for Alan King, while Saphir Du Rheu is one of three possibles for Paul Nicholls.

Jonjo O'Neill had toyed with the idea of running former World Hurdle winner More Of That but his name was missing from the list of entries, while Al Ferof, O'Faolains Boy and Many Clouds are possibles.

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