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CHELTENHAM 15:20

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15:20 Friday 14 March 2014

BETFRED CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP CHASE (Grade 1) (1)

Distance : 3m 2f 110y (New)
Prize : £574,760 Age : 5yo+ Race Type : Chase Going : Good
Race Type : Chase
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Pos Pos Btn Horse Name Horse Name TFR Tfig Jockey Age Wgt ISP ISP BSP Hi/Lo
Pedigree Jockey & Trainer Trainer (Equip) (OR) (Place) BSP
1 1 Davy Russell silk 8. LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) 8. LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) -21 <
161?
> -6 Davy Russell 8 11-10 20/121 20/121
Davy Russell silk bg OSCAR (IRE) - SATELLITE DANCER (IRE) SATCO (FR) J: Davy Russell
T: J. Culloty, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-10
J. Culloty, Ireland
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caused a shock at this meeting for the second year running, adding to last season's success in the RSA, undoubtedly producing a career best at a track that suits him well, but, similar to that race, this did end up being a weak, rather messy renewal of the Gold Cup that didn't require the usual level of performance and there's an element of him taking advantage of a surprisingly good opportunity that arose; he was dropped out and went rather in snatches, Davy Russell not looking happy through the first half of the race, but after 4 out he started to make headway under pressure, in touch by the second last and then staying on to lead on the run-in as others faltered, hanging badly right in the final 100 yards, carrying the placed pair with him (had to survive a stewards inquiry); he'll no doubt be back to try to retain his title next season but it'll be a surprise if he's able to do so, whilst in other Grade 1s in the interim he'll be vulnerable too, at tracks that probably don't suit him as well as Cheltenham.
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2 2 D. J. Casey silk sh 10. ON HIS OWN (IRE) 10. ON HIS OWN (IRE) -6 <
161?
> -88 D. J. Casey 10 11-10 16/117 16/117
D. J. Casey silk b g PRESENTING - SHUIL NA MHUIRE (IRE) ROSELIER (FR) J: D. J. Casey
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-10
W. P. Mullins, Ireland
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has had a busier campaign than in previous seasons with Willie Mullins, not trained solely with the Grand National in mind, and it seems to be having a positive effect, this another career best, and perhaps he was unlucky not to win given the interference caused by Lord Windermere late on; made running, headed narrowly after 4 out, hit next and outpaced soon after, went right 2 out, rallied last, found plenty even though carried markedly right final 100 yards and just failed to get back up; he's entered in the Grand National again but trainer said afterwards that he's likely to go to Punchestown instead.
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3 3 Tom Scudamore silk ¾ 13. THE GIANT BOLSTER 13. THE GIANT BOLSTER -3 <
160+
> -50 Tom Scudamore 9 11-10 14/115 14/115
Tom Scudamore silk b g BLACK SAM BELLAMY (IRE) - DIVISA (GER) LOMITAS J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Bridgwater
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-10 Eq: (h+v)
David Bridgwater (h+v)
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has a very good Cheltenham record and finished in the frame for the third consecutive year in this race, no mean feat even if a couple of them have been below-par Gold Cups, and had he jumped better he'd probably have won this, whilst like On His Own he was done no favours by the winner hanging right on the run-in; held up, jumped tentatively, hit fifteenth and ridden soon after, keeping on when bumped 2 out, chased leaders last, stayed on; he's also gone to Aintree after this meeting in 3 of the last 4 seasons but it's not a track that seems to suit him as well.
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4 4 Noel Fehily silk 1 11. SILVINIACO CONTI (FR) 11. SILVINIACO CONTI (FR) +11 <
160+
> +3 Noel Fehily 8 11-10 11/43.75 11/43.75
Noel Fehily silk chg DOM ALCO (FR) - GAZELLE LULU (FR) ALTAYAN J: Noel Fehily
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-10
Paul Nicholls
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is more talented than all 3 that beat him here, a top-class chaser, and he looked likely to follow up his King George win most of the way, the longer trip/stiff track just seeming to find him out in the end, even in a Gold Cup in which the emphasis wasn't so much on stamina as usual; mid-field, travelled strongly and jumped well, tracked pace seventeenth and edged ahead after 4 out, pushed along approaching 2 out but didn't respond as might have been expected, headed flat after edging left, then hanging badly right final 100 yards, probably down to tiredness; the Bowl at Aintree ought to provide him with ideal conditions, back on a Flat track at slightly shorter, and he'll take some stopping in that so long as he doesn't find it coming too soon.
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5 5 Barry Geraghty silk 1. BOBS WORTH (IRE) 1. BOBS WORTH (IRE) +3 <
158+
> -9 Barry Geraghty 9 11-10 6/42.5f 6/42.5f
Barry Geraghty silk b g BOB BACK (USA) - FASHIONISTA (IRE) KING'S THEATRE (IRE) J: Barry Geraghty
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-10
Nicky Henderson
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has never been one to stand a lot of racing, this just his fifth start in 2 seasons, and maybe that fragility has just shone through more this season than last, clearly not at his best as he attempted to become the first back-to-back Gold Cup winner since Best Mate, the drying conditions perhaps not absolutely ideal nowadays, acknowledging that he won good races on good ground earlier in his career (this was the firmest he'd raced on since the RSA in 2012); held up, not fluent fourth, in touch sixteenth, chased leader 2 out, wandered flat and effort flattened out; there's a question mark as to whether he's still capable of the sort of performance he produced in the 2013 Gold Cup, his Lexus win way below that standard after all, but he's in expert hands and it'll be surprising if at the very least he doesn't remain competitive in these Grade 1 staying chases.
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6 6 Paul Carberry silk 9. LYREEN LEGEND (IRE) 9. LYREEN LEGEND (IRE) -6 <
156?
> -14 Paul Carberry 7 11-10 33/134 33/134
Paul Carberry silk b g SAINT DES SAINTS (FR) - BINT BLADI (FR) GARDE ROYALE J: Paul Carberry
T: D. T. Hughes, Ireland
Age: 7 Wgt: 11-10
D. T. Hughes, Ireland
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ran as well as he ever has without totally convincing with his stamina at this 1f longer trip, potentially capable of a slightly better performance back around 3m; mid-division, travelled well, mistake sixth, chased leader after 3 out, every chance when mistake 2 out, weakened run-in.
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7 7 Jan Faltejsek silk 11 6. KNOCKARA BEAU (IRE) 6. KNOCKARA BEAU (IRE) -27 <
147?
> H (128) Jan Faltejsek 11 11-10 66/167 66/167
Jan Faltejsek silk bg LEADING COUNSEL (USA) - CLAIRABELL (IRE) BUCKSKIN (FR) J: Jan Faltejsek
T: George Charlton
Age: 11 Wgt: 11-10
George Charlton
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ran as well as could be expected in a Gold Cup, the fact that he wasn't beaten all that far another indication of this being a weak renewal; prominent, hit twelfth, lost place soon after, struggling fourteenth, plugged on.
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8 8 Nick Scholfield silk 12. TEAFORTHREE (IRE) 12. TEAFORTHREE (IRE) +7 <
144+
> Nick Scholfield 10 11-10 33/134 33/134
Nick Scholfield silk b g OSCAR (IRE) - ETHEL'S BAY (IRE) STRONG GALE J: Nick Scholfield
T: Rebecca Curtis
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-10
Rebecca Curtis
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was a surprising runner given that the Grand National seems the No. 1 target but didn't have a particularly hard race and is one to be interested in at Aintree; chased leaders, effort between 3 out and 2 out, held when mistake last, no extra, not unduly punished.
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9 9 Liam Treadwell silk 3 4. HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) 4. HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) +15 <
142?
> +2 Liam Treadwell 7 11-10 50/151 50/151
Liam Treadwell silk bg PANORAMIC - HARKOSA (FR) NIKOS J: Liam Treadwell
T: Venetia Williams
Age: 7 Wgt: 11-10
Venetia Williams
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wasn't up to the task but is also probably ideally suited by more testing conditions; raced wide, mid-division, struggling after 5 out, jumped badly right next, no further impression.
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10 10 A. P. McCoy silk 6 14. TRIOLO D'ALENE (FR) 14. TRIOLO D'ALENE (FR) +20 <
137+
> A. P. McCoy 7 11-10 10/111 10/111
A. P. McCoy silk chg EPALO (GER) - JOLIETTE D'ALENE (FR) GARDE ROYALE J: A. P. McCoy
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 7 Wgt: 11-10
Nicky Henderson
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was backed at long odds but disappointed 3 months after his Hennessy win, not seeming on his game even though being short of room at the second last was the final straw, later said to have suffered breathing problem; held up, not jump well, in touch 4 out, ridden when hampered 2 out, soon beaten.
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11 11 Aidan Coleman silk 5. KATENKO (FR) 5. KATENKO (FR) -27 <
134
> Aidan Coleman 8 11-10 66/167 66/167
Aidan Coleman silk bg LAVERON - KATIANA (FR) VILLEZ (USA) J: Aidan Coleman
T: Venetia Williams
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-10
Venetia Williams
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hasn't had a good season overall, only one creditable effort when he's completed, and was well held in face of this stiff task; raced off the pace, bad mistake thirteenth, struggling when hit 4 out.
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ur ur Jonathan England silk 2. CLOUDY TOO (IRE) 2. CLOUDY TOO (IRE) <
> Jonathan England 8 11-10 50/151 50/151
Jonathan England silk bg CLOUDINGS (IRE) - CURRA CITIZEN (IRE) PHARDANTE (FR) J: Jonathan England
T: Sue Smith
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-10
Sue Smith
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ran one of poorer races of season even if this was a stiff task; chased leaders, lost place after 4 out, behind when unseated rider last.
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ur ur Brian O'Connell silk 7. LAST INSTALMENT (IRE) 7. LAST INSTALMENT (IRE) <
Brian O'Connell 9 11-10 15/28.5 15/28.5
Brian O'Connell silk chg ANSHAN - FINAL INSTALMENT (IRE) INSAN (USA) J: Brian O'Connell
T: Philip Fenton, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-10
Philip Fenton, Ireland
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had a tendon injury that kept him out for a long time and was retired after the race having reportedly done the same again; prominent, folded tamely after sixteenth, unseated rider next.
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Non Runners: FIRST LIEUTENANT (IRE). Fences: 22.

Winning Owner: Dr R. Lambe

Time: 6m 44.5s Closing Sectional: (3.90f): 58.30s (102.1%)

This might have been as dramatic a finish to a Cheltenham Gold Cup as there's been in years, all change on the run-in after there'd been very little to separate 6 of them at the last, but the bunched finish - less than 7 lengths between the winner and sixth-placed Lyreen Legend at the line - is indicative of a renewal that not only falls well below standard - this is one of the lowest-rated Gold Cups in Timeform's history - but also of a gallop that was on the steady side; the leader got to the thirteenth only slightly quicker than was the case in the Foxhunter, and it wasn't until after 4 out that they got racing in earnest, which coupled with drying conditions made for a rather messy affair that tested stamina less than is expected in this race.

LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) caused a shock at this meeting for the second year running, adding to last season's success in the RSA, undoubtedly producing a career best at a track that suits him well, but, similar to that race, this did end up being a weak, rather messy renewal of the Gold Cup that didn't require the usual level of performance and there's an element of him taking advantage of a surprisingly good opportunity that arose; he was dropped out and went rather in snatches, Davy Russell not looking happy through the first half of the race, but after 4 out he started to make headway under pressure, in touch by the second last and then staying on to lead on the run-in as others faltered, hanging badly right in the final 100 yards, carrying the placed pair with him (had to survive a stewards inquiry); he'll no doubt be back to try to retain his title next season but it'll be a surprise if he's able to do so, whilst in other Grade 1s in the interim he'll be vulnerable too, at tracks that probably don't suit him as well as Cheltenham.

ON HIS OWN (IRE) has had a busier campaign than in previous seasons with Willie Mullins, not trained solely with the Grand National in mind, and it seems to be having a positive effect, this another career best, and perhaps he was unlucky not to win given the interference caused by Lord Windermere late on; made running, headed narrowly after 4 out, hit next and outpaced soon after, went right 2 out, rallied last, found plenty even though carried markedly right final 100 yards and just failed to get back up; he's entered in the Grand National again but trainer said afterwards that he's likely to go to Punchestown instead.

THE GIANT BOLSTER has a very good Cheltenham record and finished in the frame for the third consecutive year in this race, no mean feat even if a couple of them have been below-par Gold Cups, and had he jumped better he'd probably have won this, whilst like On His Own he was done no favours by the winner hanging right on the run-in; held up, jumped tentatively, hit fifteenth and ridden soon after, keeping on when bumped 2 out, chased leaders last, stayed on; he's also gone to Aintree after this meeting in 3 of the last 4 seasons but it's not a track that seems to suit him as well.

SILVINIACO CONTI (FR) is more talented than all 3 that beat him here, a top-class chaser, and he looked likely to follow up his King George win most of the way, the longer trip/stiff track just seeming to find him out in the end, even in a Gold Cup in which the emphasis wasn't so much on stamina as usual; mid-field, travelled strongly and jumped well, tracked pace seventeenth and edged ahead after 4 out, pushed along approaching 2 out but didn't respond as might have been expected, headed flat after edging left, then hanging badly right final 100 yards, probably down to tiredness; the Bowl at Aintree ought to provide him with ideal conditions, back on a Flat track at slightly shorter, and he'll take some stopping in that so long as he doesn't find it coming too soon.

BOBS WORTH (IRE) has never been one to stand a lot of racing, this just his fifth start in 2 seasons, and maybe that fragility has just shone through more this season than last, clearly not at his best as he attempted to become the first back-to-back Gold Cup winner since Best Mate, the drying conditions perhaps not absolutely ideal nowadays, acknowledging that he won good races on good ground earlier in his career (this was the firmest he'd raced on since the RSA in 2012); held up, not fluent fourth, in touch sixteenth, chased leader 2 out, wandered flat and effort flattened out; there's a question mark as to whether he's still capable of the sort of performance he produced in the 2013 Gold Cup, his Lexus win way below that standard after all, but he's in expert hands and it'll be surprising if at the very least he doesn't remain competitive in these Grade 1 staying chases.

LYREEN LEGEND (IRE) ran as well as he ever has without totally convincing with his stamina at this 1f longer trip, potentially capable of a slightly better performance back around 3m; mid-division, travelled well, mistake sixth, chased leader after 3 out, every chance when mistake 2 out, weakened run-in.

KNOCKARA BEAU (IRE) ran as well as could be expected in a Gold Cup, the fact that he wasn't beaten all that far another indication of this being a weak renewal; prominent, hit twelfth, lost place soon after, struggling fourteenth, plugged on.

TEAFORTHREE (IRE) was a surprising runner given that the Grand National seems the No. 1 target but didn't have a particularly hard race and is one to be interested in at Aintree; chased leaders, effort between 3 out and 2 out, held when mistake last, no extra, not unduly punished.

HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) wasn't up to the task but is also probably ideally suited by more testing conditions; raced wide, mid-division, struggling after 5 out, jumped badly right next, no further impression.

TRIOLO D'ALENE (FR) was backed at long odds but disappointed 3 months after his Hennessy win, not seeming on his game even though being short of room at the second last was the final straw, later said to have suffered breathing problem; held up, not jump well, in touch 4 out, ridden when hampered 2 out, soon beaten.

KATENKO (FR) hasn't had a good season overall, only one creditable effort when he's completed, and was well held in face of this stiff task; raced off the pace, bad mistake thirteenth, struggling when hit 4 out.

CLOUDY TOO (IRE) ran one of poorer races of season even if this was a stiff task; chased leaders, lost place after 4 out, behind when unseated rider last.

LAST INSTALMENT (IRE) had a tendon injury that kept him out for a long time and was retired after the race having reportedly done the same again; prominent, folded tamely after sixteenth, unseated rider next.