Kempton King George VI hero Clan Des Obeaux amongst 31 entries for Cheltenham Gold Cup

Gold Cup Al Boum Photo Paul Townend

Al Boum Photo and Paul Townend after winning the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup. (Pic: Courtesy of Cheltenham Racecourse).

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DUAL King George VI Chase winner Clan Des Obeaux features amongst 31 entries for the 2020 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup at Cheltenham on March 13.

The eight-year-old secured trainer Paul Nicholls’ 11th win in the King George at Kempton Park on Boxing day when he trounced a boutique field to score by 21 lengths from his better fancied stablemate Cyrname.

The manner of the victory confirmed Clan Des Obeaux’s prominent position in the betting for the Cheltenham Gold Cup where he is best-priced at 8-1, but as short as 6-1, behind last year’s winner Al Boum Photo (5-1) and the Willie Mullins- trained stablemate Kemboy (7-1).

Clan Des Obeux finished fifth in the 2019 Gold Cup and bids to become the fifth winner of the feature race at the Cheltenham Festival for multiple champion trainer Paul Nicholls, who won the race with See More Business (1999), Kauto Star (2007 & 2009) and Denman (2008).

The Grade 1 highlight carries a total prize fund of at least £625,000 and is contested over an extended three and a quarter miles on the New Course on the fourth and final day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.

Last year Al Boum Photo ended Willie Mullins’ long wait for a first victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, after Ireland’s multiple champion national hunt trainer had saddled the runner-up on six occasions.

Best Mate (2002, 2003, 2004) is the most recent horse to successfully defend the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup.

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The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020

Grade 1, £625,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.30pm, Cheltenham, Friday, March 13, 2020. Three miles, two and a half furlongs (3m 2f 70y). 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.

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