Whisper ridden by Davy Russell (left) trails Baron Alco ridden by Jamie Moore over the last fence before going on to win the Ryman Novices’ Chase Race
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Trainer Gary Moore has two contenders in Baron Alco and Benatar for the £160,000 BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham this Saturday, November 13th, day two of The November Meeting.

Baron Alco (10st 11lb) and Benatar (11st) are among 28 six-day confirmations for the valuable and prestigious two and a half-mile handicap chase. A maximum of 20 runners can line up.

Both horses have good form at Cheltenham – Baron Alco finished second in the 2017 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate and Benatar took third behind Shattered Love in the 2018 JLT Novices’ Chase.

Baron Alco has been restricted to just one start since, when going down by a head to Charbel in a competitive handicap chase at Chepstow on October 14th, while Benatar finished fourth on his reappearance in a graduation chase at Newton Abbott on October 12TH.

Moore, who is based in West Sussex, said: “Benatar and Baron Alco are both in good form at home. They won’t mind any cut in the ground.

“Benatar came out of his first run of the season well. He pulled hard that day and was too fresh.

“He is a talented horse and I have been happy with him since.

“Baron Alco ran really well at Chepstow when narrowly beaten on his return and we have been pleased with his work too.”

Rather Be (Nicky Henderson, 11st) was beaten a head by Mister Whitaker (Mick Channon, 11st 3lb) in the Listed Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on his most recent start, though he is set to meet that rival on 9lb better terms this weekend.

The November Meeting starts with Countryside Day, Friday, November 16th, and concludes with The November Meeting Sunday, November 18th.