Vautour switched out of Gold Cup


Vautour was one of the contenders to win the Gold Cup

Vautour will run in Thursday’s Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival rather than Friday’s prestigious Gold Cup.

The seven-year-old’s owner Rich Ricci said the switch was based on the form of the Willie Mullins-trained horse.

“I know we talked about whether he would go for the Gold Cup, that’s been our intention all year,” Ricci told Channel 4.

“But it’s a very difficult race and if he’s only 90% then we don’t want to ruin the horse.”

He added: “We feel the Ryanair is the best alternative. It’s not ideal but it’s still a great race, it’s a Grade One.”

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