Trainer - Willie Mullins
Jockey - Paul Townend
Last year’s winner has followed the same preparation this season to regain his crown.
The 8 year old wasn’t the slickest of jumpers in the gold cup last year but his stamina shone through to get the job done.
Willie has kept him lightly raced, which could be the main key in bringing a horse back from such an attritional test like the gold cup and try retain the title.
He won his warm up race on New Year’s Day quite handily and the form has been franked well since.
Clearly the one to beat, he’s holding a lot of last year’s runners on form.
This could provide Mullins a second win in the Gold Cup.