RACING: Foly Pleasant Favoured
Byline: Martin Kelly
Foly Pleasant heads a field of 18 declared for today's pounds 100,000 Tripleprint Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
Ante-post favourite Hand Inn Hand stood his ground and is set to shoulder 11st 2lb under Richard Johnson.
Telemoss, who has come in for sustained support during the past week, has been left in the Grade Three showpiece with 10st 6lb.
Kadoun will represent the Irish alongside the Willie Mullinstrained Adamant Approach, last seen at Prestbury Park when a faller in the Arkle Challenge Trophy Chase in March, while J P McManus has Kadoun and Risk Accessor declared.
Following the defection of Fondmort, Nicky Henderson runs recent First National Gold Cup winner Iris Royal, who will be the mount of Mick Fitzgerald.
Ei Ei, third behind Fondmort in the Paddy Power Gold Cup, is another that has been confirmed for the extended two-and-a-half mile event.
Iris Royal looks to be rising through the ranks following his Grade Two win last month, when he had the useful Le Roi Miguel a length and three-quarters back.
Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden, said: 'He has come out of his race at Ascot really well and we are expecting a decent run from him. 'It is a hugely competitive race but he will go on the ground --we are perfectly happy with that. He goes on any ground.
'He won quite nicely last time out and he is off a light weight. He is only a small horse, so the less weight he has got to carry, the better his chance is.'
It Takes Time, who was still going well when hitting the deck in last month's Paddy Power Gold Cup, represents the Martin Pipe stable and owner David Johnson is expecting a big run. …