Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Finger pointed at Power tilt

Finger Onthe Pulse

The JP McManus-owned duo of Finger Onthe Pulse, trained by Tom Taaffe, and Michael Hourigan's Dancing Tornado are among 20 runners in Saturday's Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

Catch Me also represents Ireland, running out of last year's winning stable of Edward O'Grady, while Noel Glynn's Gonebeyondrecall is set to line up as well.

McManus' silks will also be carried by Jonjo O'Neill's Can't Buy Time and Sunnyhillboy, while ante-post favourite Long Run will once again be ridden by amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen. His trainer Nicky Henderson also runs Aintree winner Mad Max, who will be partnered by Barry Geraghty.

Poquelin, last year's runner-up, will carry top weight although conditional jockey Ian Popham takes 5lb off his back. Paul Nicholls, who is still searching for his first win in the race, also has Haldon Gold Cup winner Tchico Polos and Gwanako.

Nigel Twiston-Davies is another trainer with multiple entries as he fields Little Josh, who dead-heated with Weird Al on his comeback, as well as Pigeon Island and Rory Boy who are both out of the handicap.

Bob Buckler's The Sawyer has been the subject of support in recent days, and David Pipe's Festival winner Great Endeavour is another to have been strong in the ante-post market.

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