Bobs Worth: last year's Gold Cup winner is bidding to defend his crownPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Excitement builds as
17 remain in Gold Cup
THE field for next Friday's Betfred Gold Cup was whittled down to 17 on Saturday, as excitement builds towards the showpiece of the Cheltenham Festival.
As expected, On His Own was added to the field for Willie Mullins, with his other entrant, Boston Bob is now set to head for the Ryanair Chase. Dynaste, who is at the head of the market for the Ryanair, was also scratched from the Gold Cup field.
Long Run, whose main target is the Crabbie's Grand National, did not feature among Saturday's six-day forfeits, along with Rocky Creek, who will be prepared for Aintree after trainer Paul Nicholls revealed the eight-year-old will miss Cheltenham with ringworm.
For the JCB Triumph Hurdle all the leading contenders stood their ground, with 26 still entered for the opening race on the Friday of the meeting.
Regal Encore, who bids to book his ticket to the festival with victory in the William Hill Imperial Cup at Sandown on Saturday, has been left in the Vincent O'Brien County Handicap Hurdle and Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.
Full race cards to follow. . .