goldcupThe 2009 Gold Cup final entrants have just been announced today and the field of runners has gone from 37 entrants down to 21 for the race this Saturday (November 28th) the prize for the winner is a cool £200,000! Previous winner Denman takes the top weight along and the shortest odds at 4/1. Jockey Sam Thomas, who rode Denman to that 2007 victory, now partners second favourite ‘What A Friend' who is joint owned by Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, it seems the horse has a realistic chance and with Fergie in his corner who would want to bet against it! The Betfair blog has and interesting take on this horse “What A Friend has been trained for this, and his odds of 9.4 are probably spot on, while last year's fifth My Will could sneak into the frame (6.6 a place) despite the handicapper having done him no favours.

Of the bigger priced runners, former winner, State Of Play, (27.0 win, 4.3 place) runs off the same mark (145) as when staying on strongly to win this event three years ago and is reported in rude health by Evan Williams.”