KYLEMORE LOUGH, the ante-post favorite for the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham’s November assembly this weekend, will shoulder top-weight in a subject of 18.
The eight-year-old can be having his first begin for Harry Fry, having beforehand been with Kerry Lee, for whom he was fourth within the Grade One Melling Chase at Aintree on his remaining begin final season.
Considerably mockingly, it was Lee’s withdrawal of High Gamble on the remaining declaration stage that has bumped her former cost as much as top-weight.
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It kicks off at Cheltenham itself with the Open Assembly this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
There are two earlier Cheltenham Pageant winners among the many aggressive subject, one in every of which is the Ian Williams-trained Ballyalton.
A winner on the 2016 Cheltenham Pageant, he formed effectively over hurdles on his first run for 18 months at Aintree final month.
Williams tweeted: “Ballyalton has happy me along with his work, education and well-being since Aintree and we all know he loves Cheltenham.”
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Alan Fleming’s Tully East won at the Cheltenham Festival last season and return to scene of his biggest triumph, whilst Jim Culloty’s Lake Takapuna provides the other Irish hope in a race the Irish haven’t trained the winner of since 2009.
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Paul Nicholls had a plethora of entries but relies on just two horses – Le Prezien and Romain De Senam – as he seeks to land this prize for a third time in six years.
Nicky Henderson has had plenty of near misses in this contest in recent years and the Seven Barrows handler looks to Days Of Heaven and Theinval to end his 14 year drought.
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Three-time winner Nigel-Twiston Davies is another trainer that is double-handed with recent Cheltenham winner Foxtail Hill and Splash Of Ginge.
David Pipe struck with Great Endeavour in 2011 and has recent Stratford winner Starchitect running for him this time.
Completing the line-up are Double Treasure, Viconte Du Noyer, Aqua Dude, Bentelimar, Plaisir D’Amour, Guitar Pete and Mystifiable.