Countdown to the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Check out the latest runners for the Thomas Pink Gold Cup, plus find out who won the HHO Cheltenham tickets competition

This year’s Cheltenham Open meeting (15-17 November), including the Thomas Pink Gold Cup, will see more than 50,000 racegoers flock to the home of National Hunt racing for the first classic meeting of the jumps calendar.

The Open 2002 has attracted massive entries from the UK and Ireland, plus the Czech Republic and Norway. More than 20 top horses are expected to travel over from Ireland to compete for a share of the prize-money, which has risen to over £500,000 for the first time.

Simon Claisse, clerk of the course at Cheltenham, says: “The level of entries looks to be a recent record and we are especially pleased to have received so many entries from Ireland and the rest of Europe.”

Competition winners

Winners of our recent Cheltenham competitionwill be joining racegoers watching the first classic steeplechase of the season, the £100,000 Thomas Pink Gold Cup, on Saturday.

The overall winner is Jane Buchan from Braintree, Essex who has won tickets for herself and three friends. The runners-up are Pippa Barber of Peterborough, Cambs and Janet Smith from Port Sunlight, Wirral who won a pair of tickets each.

Thomas Pink Gold Cup runners

Don’t miss our expert online £100,000 Thomas Pink Gold Cup preview on Friday 15 November for our racing correspondent’s view on who’s a good bet, but in the mean time here are the 20 horses which remain in the race at the five-day stage.

Horse’s name Age Trainer’s name
Lady Cricket 8yrs Martin Pipe
Foly Pleasant 8yrs Henrietta Knight
Cyfor Malta 9yrs Martin Pipe
Exit Swinger 7yrs Martin Pipe
Turgeonev 7yrs Tim Easterby
Fondmort 6yrs Nicky Henderson
Poliantas 5yrs Paul Nicholls
Its Time For A Win 10yrs Willie Mullins IRE
Killultagh Storm 8yrs Willie Mullins IRE
Red Ark 9yrs Norman Mason
Korakor 8yrs Ian Williams
Wave Rock 7yrs Philip Hobbs
Chicuelo 6yrs Martin Pipe
Mr Baxter Basics 11yrs Venetia Williams
Perfect Fellow 8yrs Henrietta Knight
Batswing 7yrs Brian Ellison
Risk Accessor 7 Christy Roche IRE
Halexy 7 Venetia Williams
Kings Valley 8 Noel Meade IRE
Royal Jake 8 Noel Meade IRE

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