Sizing John has been a revelation this season since being stepped up in trip while 2015 Gold Cup winner Coneygree is on the comeback trail following another injury
THIS year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Sizing John heads a field of six declared for the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on Wednesday.
The Jessica Harringtons’ seven-year-old has been a revelation since stepping up from two miles, over which he was no match for Douvan.
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He impressed when winning the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February before lifting the blue riband prize at Cheltenham.
Sizing John will face a new rival on home soil in the 2015 Gold Cup winner Coneygree, who is on the comeback trail.
The 10-year-old, trained by Mark Bradstock, has been restricted by injury to just two runs since his famous success, but he shaped encouragingly when second to Cue Card in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November when last seen in action.
Willie Mullins is represented by Gold Cup fourth Djakadam, who has finished second in this race for the past two seasons.
Gordon Elliott is hoping Labaik is in the right mood for the Herald Champion Novice Hurdle
Paul Moloney has announced his retirement from the saddle after 20 years as a jockey
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result of the day
All 40 horses that ran in the 2017 Grand National have returned safely, officials confirm
Paul Nicholls’ Vicente landed back-to-back renewals of the Scottish Grand National at Ayr
Jockey George Baker airlifted to hospital after falling on frozen lake and is now in intensive care
Gordon Elliott saddles Outlander, who won the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas only to run below par in the Gold Cup.
There is another old favourite in Anthony Curran’s Flemenstar, while Henry de Bromhead’s Champagne West, winner of the Thyestes Chase but a disappointment at Cheltenham, completes the line-up.
The two withdrawals at the 48-hour final declaration stage were Irish Cavalier and Zabana.