Colin Tizzard star Thistlecrack tops 39 entries for the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Wed 11 Jan 2017

Ante-post favourite Thistlecrack is one of five possibles for trainer Colin Tizzard among a total of 39 entries for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 17.

Tizzard has an embarrassment of riches for the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival, with his impressive King George VI Chase hero Thistlecrack heading his team.

Eight-time Grade One hero Cue Card, Hennessy and Welsh National winner Native River, French import Alary and recent Cheltenham Grade Three winner Theatre Guide also feature for Tizzard.

Gordon Elliott also has five entries in the Grade One showpiece, but that number includes last year's hero Don Cossack, who was officially retired on Wednesday morning after suffering a setback in his recovery from injury.

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