Nicholls trio lead Gold Cup entries


Racing:There were no surprises among the 38 entries for the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup which takes place on Friday, March 13th.

Last year's first six are all entered again with the Paul Nicholls-trained trio of Denman, Kauto Star and Neptune Collonges at the head of the betting after filling the top three places last year.

Nicholls illustrates his strength in depth by also entering Big Buck's, My Will, Nozic, Gungadu and Star De Mohaison.

Following home the Nicholls team last year was Halcon Genelardais, recent Lexus Chase winner Exotic Dancer and Nigel Twiston-Davies' Knowhere, and all are entered again.

War Of Attrition, winner of the race in 2006, spearheads Ireland's challenge with Tom Taaffe's trio of Cane Break, Slim Pickings and Finger Onthe Pulse also entered along with Welsh National winner Notre Pere.

Twiston-Davies has Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander while the runner-up from that race, Barbers Shop is also entered.

Last year's respective Arkle and SunAlliance Chase winners Tidal Bay and Albertas Run could also take their chances.