Baron Alco tops 37 contenders for Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

Gary Moore’s charge won the BetVictor at the track earlier this month

  • Wednesday 28 November
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Baron Alco can chase a famous handicap double after Gary Moore put his BetVictor winner on course for a return to Cheltenham in next month’s Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.

If the seven-year-old is to become just the fourth horse to win both races in the same season, however, he will have to beat BetVictor runner-up Frodon and third-placed Guitar Pete again.

All three are among 37 entries for the Grade Three event over an extended two and a half miles on December 15.

For Frodon and Guitar Pete, a second success in the race may be in the offing after Paul Nicholls’ chaser won it as a four-year-old back in 2016 and Nicky Richards’ grey did so last year.

The only previous dual winner was Poquelin, in 2009 and 2010, for Nicholls – who has seven entries in the race this time.

Formidable opposition, as ever, is likely to come from champion trainer Nicky Henderson with four options, including Rather Be who was brought down when in contention for the BetVictor.

Robert Walford, meanwhile, has high hopes for his lightly-raced but progressive seven-year-old Mr Medic – a most promising winner at Ascot last weekend.

Walford said: “He was very good at Ascot and jumped really well throughout the race.

“I think Mr Medic will come on for that race, because I thought he would need it. I think, all being well with him in the next couple of weeks, the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup would be the right race for him.”

Moore has three chances, having entered Casse Tete and also Benatar – a late absentee from the BetVictor, in which the trainer’s son Jamie switched to partner Baron Alco to his all-the-way win.

Cheltenham regular Aso, third for Venetia Williams in the 2017 Ryanair Chase at the Festival and runner-up in the Caspian Caviar in 2016, and Ben Pauling’s second-season chaser Willoughby Court are among the other notable entries.

Baron Alco tops 37 contenders for Caspian Caviar Gold Cup
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