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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020 Result

15:30 Friday 13 March 2020


Distance: 3m 2f 70y (New)
Prize: £351,687 Age: 5yo+ Race Type: Chase Going: Gd/Sft

A representative field for the most prestigious race in jumping, only Native River of the main trial winners missing, the runners all aged between 7 and 9 and thus in theory in their prime, the race an enthralling one to watch, with all bar Elegant Escape in with a chance 3 out after the pace had been just fair, fine margins between the principals and a case for saying quite a few might win another day on different ground, or with a race run differently, or another track or just with more rub of the green, but the winner, albeit narrowly, was the right one on the day, the first back-to-back Gold Cup winner since Best Mate won his third in 2004, not by any means the best winner in that period but one primed for the day on both occasions and given a copybook ride that enabled him to run to his best, the proximity of the fourth and sixth making it difficult to rate the form as better than an average Gold Cup; Al Boum Photo gave his trainer a 4-timer on the card, including all 3 Grade 1 races, making it 5 championship races on the week, the best races dominated by the top yards, with Henderson, de Bromhead, Elliott and Nicholls winning 7 between them, leaving just the Stayers' Hurdle for one of the smaller yards, Elliott dominant through strength of numbers in the 'lesser races', including winning 4 handicaps, which at least means we should hear less about undeniable facts next year, the difficulty of less powerful yards getting a look in and the underperformance of some of the top British yards, aside from Henderson, perhaps more fruitful topics of discussion, though the shadow looming over the whole event was the wisdom in its taking place, at least in front of such large crowds, the answer to that question not yet knowable.

All 12 ran. Fences: 22.

Winning Owner: Mrs J. Donnelly

Time: 6m 51.3s

1 Silk colours for AL BOUM PHOTO (FR), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Mrs J. Donnelly AL BOUM PHOTO (FR) 8 11-10 10/3
J: P. Townend T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
2 Silk colours for SANTINI, trained by Nicky Henderson and owned by Mr & Mrs R. Kelvin-Hughes nk SANTINI 8 11-10 5/1
J: Nico de Boinville T: Nicky Henderson
3 Silk colours for LOSTINTRANSLATION (IRE), trained by Colin Tizzard and owned by Taylor & O'Dwyer LOSTINTRANSLATION (IRE) 8 11-10 10/1
J: Robbie Power T: Colin Tizzard
4 Silk colours for MONALEE (IRE), trained by Henry de Bromhead, Ireland and owned by Mr Barry Maloney nk MONALEE (IRE) 9 11-10 20/1
J: Rachael Blackmore T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
5 Silk colours for DELTA WORK (FR), trained by Gordon Elliott, Ireland and owned by Gigginstown House Stud DELTA WORK (FR) 7 11-10 5/1
J: M. P. Walsh T: Gordon Elliott, Ireland
6 Silk colours for REAL STEEL (FR), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Sullivan Bloodstock Limited 1 REAL STEEL (FR) 7 11-10 50/1
J: Brian Hughes T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
7 Silk colours for KEMBOY (FR), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Kemboy&Brett Graham/Ken Sharp Syndicate KEMBOY (FR) 8 11-10 8/1
J: Mr P. W. Mullins T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
8 Silk colours for CLAN DES OBEAUX (FR), trained by Paul Nicholls and owned by Mr&Mrs P.K.Barber,G.Mason,Sir A Ferguson 5 CLAN DES OBEAUX (FR) 8 11-10 7/1
J: Harry Cobden T: Paul Nicholls
9 Silk colours for BRISTOL DE MAI (FR), trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and owned by Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede BRISTOL DE MAI (FR) 9 11-10 18/1
J: Daryl Jacob T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
10 Silk colours for CHRIS'S DREAM (IRE), trained by Henry de Bromhead, Ireland and owned by Robcour sh CHRIS'S DREAM (IRE) 8 11-10 20/1
J: Aidan Coleman T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
11 Silk colours for ELEGANT ESCAPE (IRE), trained by Colin Tizzard and owned by Mr J. P. Romans nk ELEGANT ESCAPE (IRE) 8 11-10 66/1
J: Jonjo O'Neill Jr. T: Colin Tizzard
F Silk colours for PRESENTING PERCY, trained by Patrick G. Kelly, Ireland and owned by Philip J. Reynolds PRESENTING PERCY 9 11-10 10/1
J: Davy Russell T: Patrick G. Kelly, Ireland

All 12 ran. Fences: 22.

Winning Owner: Mrs J. Donnelly

Time: 6m 51.3s


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45% Harry Cobden's strike rate on hurdling favourites (rides STRIKING A POSE)