Kingdom Jockey Chases Cheltenham Gold Cup Success

One of horse racing’s iconic events takes place with the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival this afternoon.

Native River, Cue Card and Djakadam are well fancied for the Gold Cup.

Kerry’s Bryan Cooper is on Outlander for the event at 3.30 while Jack Kennedy’s Empire of Dirt is a non runner.

Mark Costello of the Irish Field firstly looks back on the return to form or Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins

Mike Vince previews the card

Trainer Henry de Bromhead’s looking for his second big Grade One of the week with Champagne West, who he knows has to step up on his brilliant win in the Thyestes Handicap last time

Trainer Jonjo O’Neill is double handed with two horses who ran in Ireland last time- More of That, and first Minella Rocco

After a frustrating and disappointing week, owner Rich Ricci is hoping that Djakadam, second in the race twice, might be the catalyst for his luck to change

Ruby Walsh rides Djakadam, hoping he can end trainer Willie Mullins record of six second places in the biggest race of all

Robbie Power is on board the Irish Gold Cup winner Sizing John, who he thinks is a major player in an open race

Daryl Jacob,who rides Bristol de Mai, is hopeful of a decent run