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Kingscliff blow.

Kingscliff, who has been vying for favouritism in the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, has been ruled out of Friday's big race.

The Robert Alner-trained eight-year-old shot to the head of the blue riband betting after Best Mate was ruled out, but the 2003 Foxhunter Chase winner will now also miss the Festival.

The King George VI runner-up had drifted in the betting for the race in recent days and a poor piece of work has ruled him out.

Alner's wife Sally said: 'I rode him myself this morning and he just didn't work as well as he could.

'At Cheltenham you have got to be 110 per cent.'
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 15, 2005
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