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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 Pinsticker guide: Full list of runners, odds, tips, star ratings and rider colours

It’s finally here and punters will have all eyes on the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The highlight of the Greatest Show on Turf will commence at 3.30pm today with 16 horses battling it out for glory.

Native River was the big winner in last year’s three-mile extravaganza with a gutsy display from the front.

But will Richard Johnson strike gold again this year and lead Native River to become the first horse to win this race back-to-back since the great Best Mate back in 2003 (and, subsequently, for a third time 12 months later in 2004)?

Here, we look at the entire card and run through every horse, jockey and trainer.

Plus, we have the latest odds, star ratings (one star = avoid; five stars = well worth a look) and form guide – along with the definitive verdict from Mirror Sport’s racing expert DAVID YATES (NEWSBOY)…

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Al Boum Photo

Jockey: P Townend

Trainer : W Mullins

Form: 2F1R-1

Odds : 14/1

Star rating: **

NEWSBOY SAYS: Second-last faller in last year’s RSA Chase was denied win at Punchestown by jockey brain fade. Though impressive at Tramore, has more to do

Anibale Fly

Jockey: B J Geraghty

Trainer: A J Martin

Form: F34-62

Odds: 25/1

Star rating: ***

NEWSBOY SAYS: Excellent 33-1 third to Native River in 2018 and, while form this season so-so, not out of the question he can make the podium once more

Bellshill

Jockey: R Walsh

Trainer: W Mullins

Form: 151-41

Odds: 8/1

Star rating: ***

NEWSBOY SAYS: Needed the run when fourth to Kemboy in Savills Chase at Leopardstown but improved for Irish Gold Cup win there latest and not ruled out

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Bristol De Mai

Jockey: D Jacob

Trainer: N Twiston-Davies

Form: 632-1F

Odds: 25/1

Star rating: ***

NEWSBOY SAYS: Hard to beat in the Betfair Chase at Haydock – has won the last two runnings – but hard to escape view Cheltenham isn’t his favourite place

Clan Des Obeaux

Jockey: H Cobden

Trainer: P Nicholls

Form: 23-411

Odds: 9/2

Star rating: ****

NEWSBOY SAYS: Came of age with success in King George VI Chase at Kempton over Christmas and attractive profile for four-time Gold Cup-winning stable.

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Definitely Red

Jockey: D Cook

Trainer: B Ellison

Form: 6U-112

Odds: 66/1

Star rating: **

NEWSBOY SAYS: Not good enough under ideal conditions when sixth last year, so needs a big step forward to get involved and latest defeat at 1-6 a concern

Double Shuffle

Jockey: Jonathan Burke

Trainer: T R George

Form : 4-F252

Odds: 150/1

Star rating: *

NEWSBOY SAYS : Fine second in valuable handicap at Kempton last time but that is much more his level and he will confound the experts if coming home in front

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Elegant Escape

Jockey: T J O’Brien

Trainer: C Tizzard

Form: 3-1212

Odds: 18/1

Star rating: *****

NEWSBOY SAYS: Welsh Grand National winner kept on stoutly to take second in Cotswold Chase here in January and very much a player now the rains have come

Invitation Only

Jockey: Mr P W Mullins

Trainer: W Mullins

Form: P3U-31

Odds: 33/1

Star rating: **

NEWSBOY SAYS: Third to stablemate Al Boum Photo before Thyestes Chase win at Gowran in January and, although still unexposed, does need to pull out more

Kemboy

Jockey: D J Mullins

Trainer: W Mullns

Form: F11-11

Odds: 11/1

Star rating: ****

NEWSBOY SAYS: Had the run of things when emphatic seven-length Savills Chase scorer at Leopardstown in December but we haven’t seen the best of him

Might Bite

Jockey: N de Boinville

Trainer: N Henderson

Form: 121-50

Odds: 12/1

Star rating: ***

NEWSBOY SAYS: Positive noises from his trainer of late, but outstayed when second to Native River last year and hasn’t been in the same form this winter

Native River

Jockey : R Johnson

Trainer : C Tizzard

Form: /11-23

Odds: 11/2

Star rating: ****

NEWSBOY SAYS: Gutsy display from the front 12 months ago and conditions are in his favour once again, for all that the statistics are against a repeat triumph

Presenting Percy

Jockey: D N Russell

Trainer : P G Kelly

Form: 1121-1

Odds: 7/2

Star rating: ****

NEWSBOY SAYS: One run over hurdles this season makes for an eccentric Gold Cup preparation, but went round on rails in the RSA Chase last March and is feared

Thistlecrack

Jockey: T Scudamore

Trainer: C Tizzard

Form: /54-32

Odds: 16/1

Star rating: ***

NEWSBOY SAYS: Injury has plagued a brilliant career and, although King George second shows the fire is still aflame, 11-year-old looks vulnerable to up-and-comers

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Yala Enki

Jockey : C Deutsch

Trainer: Miss V Williams

Form: 66-135

Odds: 150/1

Star rating: *

NEWSBOY SAYS: Winning return in handicap chase at Bangor in November, but surprise if he’s able to keep up with a few here, even with the emphasis on stamina

Shattered Love

Jockey: Jack Kennedy

Trainer: G Elliott

Form: 25-220

Odds: 25/1

Star rating: **

NEWSBOY SAYS: Mare is without a win since seven-length victory in JLT Chase as a novice 12 months ago and needs wind operation to bring her back to life

2018 WINNER: NATIVE RIVER, R Johnson 5-1 (C Tizzard). 15 ran

All odds taken from Paddy Power (on March 15, 2019) and are subject to change

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