Johns Spirit: attempting to complete the same double as Exotic DancerPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Weights set to rise after December confirmations
THE weights for the Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday are set to rise again after Kid Cassidy was not among the 18 confirmations for the race on Monday and with new top weight Champion Court likely to miss the race.
Trained by Martin Keighley, Champion Court was sent off favourite for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month but could only finish seventh behind Johns Spirit.
He was left at the top of the weights after Kid Cassidy, who defeated Sire De Grugy at Cheltenham last month, was taken out of the race.
However, Keighley said: "I think he'll go for the Peterborough Chase [on Thursday] as it will suit him around there. The Cheltenham race is very competitive and he would be carrying a lot of weight. He's back in Grade 2 company and a small field at Huntingdon so he'll probably go there."
Johns Spirit has been left in the race by trainer Jonjo O'Neill, who won the Paddy Power Gold Cup and Saturday's race with Exotic Dancer is 2006, while Colour Squadron, second to Johns Spirit last month, has also been left in the 2m5f handicap chase.
Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup betting
Paddy Power: 5 Colour Squadron, 6 Johns Spirit, 9 Grandioso, 10 Home Farm, Cantlow, Attaglance, 12 Champion Court, Easter Meteor, Kapga De Cerisy, Salut Flo, 16 Mail De Bievre, Ma Filleule, Noble Prince, 20 bar
Full race card to follow...