By Abby Rugg
FORTY entries for the Cheltenham Gold Cup were revealed yesterday (Wednesday) with Bobs Worth leading the pack as the favourite.
The horse, who is 3-1 with the sponsors of the 3m 3 ½f race, is one of many that is shaping the 2013 festival as a showpiece to watch on March 15.
Competition is building up and other horses including Long Run, Finian’s Rainbow, Tidal Bay and Kauto Stone were also among the 40 going for gold.
Stablemate Long Run is one of five entries for trainer Nicky Henderson – Finian’s Rainbow, Riverside Theatre and Roberto Goldback also make up the team.
Kauto Star may have said a sad farewell to racing, but trainer Paul Nicholls still has strong horses in the mix.
I think Tidal Bay is the one to watch from Nicholls’ team – his performance in the Lexus Chase was very good and impressed punters across the UK.
Ruby Walsh constantly pushed the 11-year-old until the end of the chase and he proved, along with Kauto Star, that being an older racehorse is not a disadvantage.
Entries from Nicholls’ yard also include Silviniaco Conti, Kauto Stone and What A Friend.
Is Bobs Worth a worthy favourite for the contest or can another entry go for gold on March 15?