Triolo D'Alene: the Hennessy winner has been cut for Gold Cup gloryPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Triolo cut for Gold Cup as firms report support
TRIOLO D'ALENE was widely cut for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Sunday, when the sponsors reported he was the most backed horse besides favourite Bobs Worth.
The Hennessy Gold Cup winner, who like Bobs Worth is trained by Nicky Henderson, was cut to 10-1 (from 14) by Betfred, although he is still available at 14-1 with several firms having been 16-1 on Sunday morning.
Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: "Triolo D'Alene is unquestionably the most popular alternative to Bobs Worth in the Gold Cup market.
"It’s not hard to envisage him shortening into single figures, particularly with Last Instalment on the drift."
Last Instalment is out to as big as 8-1 as the ground continues to dry at Cheltenham before next week's festival.
At Naas, trainer Tony Martin, who won the Leinster National with Gallant Oscar, said Ted Veale is a certain runner in the Racing Post Arkle rather than the Grand Annual, describing the seven-year-old as "a good each-way chance" for Tuesday's race.
The seven-year-old, a long-time fancy for the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase, will only run in his handicap alternative if his bid for Arkle glory goes awry.
He said: "He definitely goes for the Arkle, we've decided. It is a fair race but we think he's a fair horse. This will be the first time all year that he will have got his conditions so we're going to let him take his chance. I think he has a good each-way chance. Only if things go wrong will he then go on to run in the Grand Annual."