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Grands Crus - Kempton - 26.12.2011

Grands Crus: set to take on 19 rivals in Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup

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Quality field confirmed for Paddy Power test

A CRACKING renewal of the Paddy Power Gold Cup is on the cards as the declarations for Saturday's Grade 3 were revealed on Thursday.

With no defections a maximum field of 20 runners are set to line up, with Grands Crus heading the betting at a best-priced 9-4. David Pipe's chaser does not face an easy task in a field brimming with talent, as the likes of Hunt Ball, Al Ferof and Walkon are all ready to do battle.

Saturday's race is the highlight of three days packed with top quality jumpers at Cheltenham's Open meeting, and the fixture starts with a bang as the likes of Fingal Bay, Tominator and Sizing Australia are all on show.

Declarations for Friday's card revealed that Fingal Bay will face four rivals as he bids to maintain his unbeaten record over fences following a successful debut at Chepstow last month. Unioniste, also unbeaten over fences, Carlito Brigante, Thehillofuisneach and Dynaste will provide stiff opposition.

Northumberland Plate winner Tominator, who made a successful start to life over hurdles at Bangor, will step up in class for the Grade 2 Opus Energy Novices' Hurdle, with Dodging Bullets chief among his rivals.

In the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, Sizing Australia, who is a regular at Prestbury Park for the unique challenges posed by the cross country track, is one of 16 declared for the 3m7f marathon. Velka Pardubicka winner Orphee Des Blins, Deutschland, Balthazar King and Hello Bud are also in the field.

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