Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Thistlecrack Cut As Cossack Ruled Out

Thistlecrack is now 8-11 from 4-5 with William Hill for the Gold Cup, after the news that Don Cossack, last year’s winner, has been retired.

William Hill offer 14-1 for Colin Tizzard to train the first three home in this year’s Gold Cup.

“With Coneygree and now Don Cossack out of this year’s Gold Cup, it looks like Colin Tizzard has the race at his mercy. It’s very possible he could train the first three home,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Along with Thistlecrack, Tizzard trains second favourite Native River at 6-1, Cue Card is third in at 12-1 and he also has Alary at 25-1.

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup: 8-11 Thistlecrack, 6-1 Native River, 12-1 Cue Card, 14-1 Djakadam, 20-1 Douvan, Outlander, 25-1 Alary, Valseur Lido, 33-1 Carlingford Lough, Don Poli, Vroum Vroum Mag, 40-1 Empire Of Dirt, Many Clouds, Minella Rocco, 50-1 Black Hercules, Blaklion, Zabana, 66-1 Bristol De Mai, Irish Cavalier, More Of That, Saphir Du Rheu, Seeyouatmidnight, Un Temps Pour Tout, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)