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BetVictor Gold Cup: confirmed runners and riders for Saturday feature

Slate House and Robbie Power in winning action at Cheltenham's Showcase meeting last month
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A full field of 20 is set to line up for Saturday's BetVictor Handicap Chase with ante-post favourite Slate House and market rival Siruh Du Lac among them.

Splash Of Ginge, the 2017 winner on soft ground but pulled up in last year's race, squeezed into the race last of the 20, with Dead Right the one to miss out after also being declared among the 25 left in at the five-day stage.

The only notable absentee from the race is Knocknanuss, who finished third behind Saint Calvados at Cheltenham's opening Showcase meeting last month.

Saint Calvados heads the weights on 11st 12lb ahead of Joseph O'Brien's challenger Us And Them after Nicky Henderson took out Casablanca Mix.

Lizzie Kelly is down to ride Siruh Du Lac, her Grade 3 Plate winner at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Guitar Pete and Happy Diva, first and second in a Listed race at Wetherby two weeks ago, are back for another tilt at the race.

Guitar Pete, winner of the 2017 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, was third to Baron Alco and Frodon in this race last year and Happy Diva was brought down four out when still travelling well.


Full runners and riders for the BetVictor Gold Cup

Saint Calvados (Gavin Sheehan)
Us And Them (JJ Slevin)
Siruh Du Lac (Lizzie Kelly)
Spiritofthegames (Harry Skelton)
Magic Saint (Harry Cobden)
Slate House (Robbie Power)
Belami Des Pictons (Charlie Deutsch)
Count Meribel (Mark Grant)
Mercian Prince (Jack Quinlan)
Highway One O One (Tom Cannon)
Happy Diva (Richard Patrick)
Demi Sang (Richie McLernon)
Royal Village (-)
Guitar Pete (Ryan Day)
Eamon An Cnoic (Tom Scudamore)
Brelan D'As (Barry Geraghty)
Springtown Lake (Richard Johnson)
Dell Oro (Josh Moore)
Warthog (David Noonan)
Splash Of Ginge (Jamie Bargary)


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The only notable absentee from the race is Knocknanuss, who finished third behind Saint Calvados at Cheltenham's opening Showcase meeting
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