Veteran backed for Cheltenham glory as publisher Du Gite excludes Paddy Power | Horse racing news

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Publisher Du Gite: excluded from the Paddy Power Gold Cup

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By Matt Rennie

Publisher Du Gite will not participate in tomorrow’s Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.20) after being declared a non-runner in the race on Friday morning.

The eight-year-old Gary Moore-trained boy won two of his four starts on the track, including at last year’s November meeting, as well as fourth place in the Grand Annual at the Cheltenham Festival, but will not make no offer to add to this count.

He was declared a non-runner because his blood test was not normal, according to the BHA racing administration, which leaves a maximum field of 15 for Saturday’s feature.

Ballyandy backed for more Cheltenham glory

The popular Ballyandy performer continues to be backed as a favorite in the pursuit of veterans Glenfarclas handicap (2.55) as he attempts to add another winner to his Cheltenham run.

The 11-year-old clinched Champion Bumper in 2016 and was called a “class horse” in the 2m4f race by trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies on Thursday.

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Ballyandy: Can he still win at Cheltenham?

Ballyandy: Can he still win at Cheltenham?

Edward Whitaker

Ballyandy showed his zest to stay third when he returned to Perth in September and was down 9-4 (from 3) to claim an 11th career success.

The veterans pursuit on the map replaces the usual cross-country pursuit, which was moved to Cheltenham’s Trials Day game in January due to the lack of good terrain on the course.

Updated at 11:25 a.m.

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2. Ballyandy 9-4 (from 3-1)

Will changed to good for the opening of the November meeting

The start to Cheltenham for the start of the three-day November meeting has accelerated following dry weather and winds overnight.

The ground had been described as good to soft, good in places Thursday evening, but new strong winds throughout the night caused conditions to change Friday morning.

Race director Jon Pullin said: “We had a very dry day yesterday with strong winds. It was all day and it continued all night so we changed it to good ground all over. .”

While the winds aren’t expected to die down until early afternoon, Pullin hopes that won’t lead to conditions picking up further before the six-race map kicks off at 1:10.

He added: “It is due to die out around noon today so hopefully conditions can be maintained as they are.”

Posted at 8:30 a.m.


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Read Friday’s Cheltenham previews:

1.45 Cheltenham: Gray Diamond set to deliver more handicap success for Sam Thomas and Dai Walters

2.20 Cheltenham: ‘He’s got a big chance’ – who can join a classy rookie honor roll?

2.55 Cheltenham: ‘Horse of class’ Ballyandy is a firm favourite, but can he be beaten?

3:30 p.m. Cheltenham: Can Willie Mullins weave a little more Cheltenham magic with Hubrisko?

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