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CHELTENHAM 15:20

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15:20 Friday 13 March 2015

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

Distance : 3m 2f 110y (New)
Prize : £550,000 Age : 5yo+ Race Type : Chase Going : Gd/Sft
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 Nico de Boinville silk 4. CONEYGREE 4. CONEYGREE -14 <
168+
> -8 Nico de Boinville 8 11-10 7/18 7/18
Nico de Boinville silk bg KARINGA BAY - PLAID MAID (IRE) EXECUTIVE PERK J: Nico de Boinville
T: Mark Bradstock
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-10
Mark Bradstock
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the first novice even to run in this race since 2006, had rain-softened conditions in his favour and justified the bold call to run here instead of the RSA in becoming the first such horse to win it for more than 40 years, capping a flawless first season over fences with a top-class effort that showcased all his best qualities, a superb display of resolute front-running, expertly handled by a jockey who has only recently ridden out his claim; quickly out in front, he again jumped superbly, quickened an already-strong gallop a circuit out and only had 2 realistic challengers left when shaken up after 3 out, responding most gamely despite edging right on the run-in, seeing out the longer trip thoroughly; this was just his fourth start over fences and the way his career has gone it's easy to believe he may do even better, unlikely to give up his crown lightly back here next year provided he stays sound, likely to be sparingly campaigned in the interim, a clash with the likes of Vautour and Don Poli something to savour.
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2 2 R. Walsh silk 5. DJAKADAM (FR) 5. DJAKADAM (FR) -7 <
167+
> +7 R. Walsh 6 11-10 10/111 10/111
R. Walsh silk bg SAINT DES SAINTS (FR) - RAINBOW CREST (FR) BARYSHNIKOV (AUS) J: R. Walsh
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 6 Wgt: 11-10
W. P. Mullins, Ireland
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has found his form taking off since upped to 3m+ and put up the best effort by an Irish-trained staying chaser this season in going down narrowly in his first open Grade 1 chase, coping superbly well with the severe demands of a well-run Gold Cup; travelling strongly and jumping well in mid-field, he edged closer from a circuit out and, having taken third on the home turn, stuck to his task splendidly in pursuit of the winner; a rare 6-y-o to figure in this race, it's possible he'll do even better still and he'll be a fixture in the best staying chases for some time to come, his extraordinary trainer's strength in depth across all divisions at present bordering on the ridiculous.
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3 3 B. J. Cooper silk 2 14. ROAD TO RICHES (IRE) 14. ROAD TO RICHES (IRE) -4 <
165
> +3 B. J. Cooper 8 11-10 8/19 8/19
B. J. Cooper silk bg GAMUT (IRE) - BELLORA (IRE) OVER THE RIVER (FR) J: B. J. Cooper
T: Noel Meade, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-10
Noel Meade, Ireland
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ran another stormer 10 weeks on from the Lexus, this an even better effort in form terms, again doing everything right and needing no excuses; close up, jumped soundly, travelled fluently, effort 3 out, kept on, the even longer trip no problem; he's a credit to his trainer and should continue to give a good account.
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4 4 Richie McLernon silk 6 7. HOLYWELL (IRE) 7. HOLYWELL (IRE) 0 <
159
> 0 Richie McLernon 8 11-10 8/19 8/19
Richie McLernon silk bg GOLD WELL - HILLCREST (IRE) THATCHING J: Richie McLernon
T: Jonjo O'Neill
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-10 Eq: (b)
Jonjo O'Neill (b)
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looked well at home in an open Grade 1 chase and ran his race, just not quite good enough in the end but still no mean feat to finish fourth in a Gold Cup, having won handicaps at this meeting in the last 2 seasons, and there are more good races to be won with him over fences; tracked pace, jumped fine, travelled well, shaken up sixteenth, effort before 3 out, one paced straight.
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5 5 Mr P. W. Mullins silk 14 12. ON HIS OWN (IRE) 12. ON HIS OWN (IRE) +4 <
145+
> +15 Mr P. W. Mullins 11 11-10 33/134 33/134
Mr P. W. Mullins silk b g PRESENTING - SHUIL NA MHUIRE (IRE) ROSELIER (FR) J: Mr P. W. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 11 Wgt: 11-10 Eq: (s)
W. P. Mullins, Ireland (s)
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ridden by an amateur unable to claim, couldn't match last season's second in this better race but looked in really good nick for most of the way and probably just paid the price for trying to lay up with the gallop set by the winner; close up, jumped right but not markedly so, pushed along 5 out, weakened before 2 out.
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6 6 Leighton Aspell silk 1 11. MANY CLOUDS (IRE) 11. MANY CLOUDS (IRE) +17 <
144?
> +20 Leighton Aspell 8 11-10 7/18 7/18
Leighton Aspell silk brg CLOUDINGS (IRE) - BOBBING BACK (IRE) BOB BACK (USA) J: Leighton Aspell
T: Oliver Sherwood
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-10
Oliver Sherwood
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had winning run ended at 3, comfortable for a long way and still looking in good form but maybe just lacking the gears for a demanding, top-class Gold Cup; in touch, jumped fine, shaken up seventeenth, effort 4 out, not quicken next; he's a grand type and will bounce back, even if this probably puts a cap on his potential.
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7 7 Noel Fehily silk 16. SILVINIACO CONTI (FR) 16. SILVINIACO CONTI (FR) +27 <
141+
> +20 Noel Fehily 9 11-10 3/14f 3/14f
Noel Fehily silk chg DOM ALCO (FR) - GAZELLE LULU (FR) ALTAYAN J: Noel Fehily
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-10 Eq: (s)
Paul Nicholls (s)
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still just about sets the standard among the staying chasers but wasn't at his best 11 weeks on from the King George, coming up short in this race for the third time, maybe just not cut out for it, the emphasis it places on stamina - particularly with the gallop as it was on softish ground - too much for him, finding uncharacteristically little having gone with zest (if a little keenly) in touch to 4 out; he'll bounce back, and the likes of Aintree, Haydock and Kempton should see him get much closer to the principals another time.
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8 8 Wayne Hutchinson silk hd 17. SMAD PLACE (FR) 17. SMAD PLACE (FR) +11 <
141?
> +11 Wayne Hutchinson 8 11-10 25/126 25/126
Wayne Hutchinson silk grg SMADOUN (FR) - BIENNA STAR (FR) VILLAGE STAR (FR) J: Wayne Hutchinson
T: Alan King
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-10
Alan King
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shaped as if still in good form but just wasn't good enough, even ridden as he was to pick up the pieces, lack of stamina possibly coming into it by the end as well; held up, crept closer from fifteenth, chased leaders briefly 4 out, weakened next.
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9 9 A. P. McCoy silk ¾ 3. CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE) 3. CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE) +20 <
140
> H A. P. McCoy 9 11-10 14/115 14/115
A. P. McCoy silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - BADEN (IRE) FURRY GLEN J: A. P. McCoy
T: John E. Kiely, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-10
John E. Kiely, Ireland
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wasn't in same form as last time, his jumping not quite up to scratch, as was the case here in last season's RSA, though he wasn't the only one to let down the Irish Hennessy form at this meeting; held up, mistakes sixth, eleventh, thirteenth, headway fifteenth, shaken up 5 out, no further impression.
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10 10 P. Townend silk 14 2. BOSTON BOB (IRE) 2. BOSTON BOB (IRE) +24 <
127
> +17 P. Townend 10 11-10 33/134 33/134
P. Townend silk bg BOB BACK (USA) - BAVAWAY LE BAVARD (FR) J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-10
W. P. Mullins, Ireland
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was well held, just never in the hunt, conditions maybe some excuse; dropped out, tailed off fifteenth, never involved.
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11 11 Aidan Coleman silk ns 9. HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) 9. HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) +20 <
127
> Aidan Coleman 8 11-10 33/134 33/134
Aidan Coleman silk bg PANORAMIC - HARKOSA (FR) NIKOS J: Aidan Coleman
T: Venetia Williams
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-10
Venetia Williams
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wasn't up to the task, unable to cope with the strong gallop; mid-division, mistake ninth, lost place next, beaten early final circuit.
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pu pu Barry Geraghty silk 1. BOBS WORTH (IRE) 1. BOBS WORTH (IRE) <
?
> Barry Geraghty 10 11-10 16/117 16/117
Barry Geraghty silk b g BOB BACK (USA) - FASHIONISTA (IRE) KING'S THEATRE (IRE) J: Barry Geraghty
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-10
Nicky Henderson
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had an tricky preparation and ran poorly back from 10 weeks off, never threatening any progress from out the back; it seems increasingly unlikely he'll ever get back to his memorable, top-class best.
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pu pu D. J. Casey silk 8. HOME FARM (IRE) 8. HOME FARM (IRE) <
> D. J. Casey 8 11-10 100/1101 100/1101
D. J. Casey silk bg PRESENTING - TYNELUCY (IRE) GOOD THYNE (USA) J: D. J. Casey
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-10
Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
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faced a stiff task; dropped out, pushed along thirteenth, blundered fifteenth, soon beaten.
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pu pu Davy Russell silk 10. LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) 10. LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) <
?
> Davy Russell 9 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: 9 Wgt: 11-10
J. Culloty, Ireland
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ran no sort of race, probably amiss to perform as he did, though the form he showed when winning this last year - the best effort of his career - is some 10 lb below what Coneygree achieved; soon detached, never travelling well, beaten long way out.
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pu pu Sam Twiston-Davies silk 15. SAM WINNER (FR) 15. SAM WINNER (FR) <
?
> Sam Twiston-Davies 8 11-10 20/121 20/121
Sam Twiston-Davies silk b g OKAWANGO (USA) - NOCHE (IRE) NIGHT SHIFT (USA) J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-10 Eq: (s+t)
Paul Nicholls (s+t)
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back in tongue strap after 10 weeks off, found run of good form coming to a halt, just lacking the gears to cope with such a severe test; handy, lost place halfway, never going well after, beaten long way out.
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pu pu Tom Scudamore silk 18. THE GIANT BOLSTER 18. THE GIANT BOLSTER <
?
> Tom Scudamore 10 11-10 33/134 33/134
Tom Scudamore silk b g BLACK SAM BELLAMY (IRE) - DIVISA (GER) LOMITAS J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Bridgwater
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-10 Eq: (h+v)
David Bridgwater (h+v)
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ran poorly, the first time he's flopped in 4 tries in this race, not that he had much to recommend him on this season's form, and his temperament probably isn't what it was, either; in rear, never travelling well, beaten long way out.
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Non Runners: RIVER CHOICE (FR), DON COSSACK (GER). Fences: 22.

Winning Owner: The Max Partnership

Time: 6m 42.7s Closing Sectional: (3.84f): 60.20s (96.9%)

A terrific field for the 2015 Gold Cup, as intended bringing together the top staying chasers in Britain and Ireland, among them the first 5 from last year and no fewer than 7 in their first season out of novice company, though victory went to one from neither category, front-running Coneygree rewarding his connections' courage in becoming the first novice to win this great race since 1974; a strong gallop on rain-softened ground made for a proper test of stamina and jumping and provided a magnificent spectacle, everything that the season's leading chase should be, each of the first 3 coping admirably well as they pulled clear of the rest after 3 out, the form between them top-class and well up to scratch for a Gold Cup, if not quite at the level of some outstanding renewals over the last decade; it's worth noting the way the race took shape meant there were no hiding places and most had hard races to varying degrees, which needs bearing in mind should any of them show up at Aintree and/or Punchestown.

CONEYGREE the first novice even to run in this race since 2006, had rain-softened conditions in his favour and justified the bold call to run here instead of the RSA in becoming the first such horse to win it for more than 40 years, capping a flawless first season over fences with a top-class effort that showcased all his best qualities, a superb display of resolute front-running, expertly handled by a jockey who has only recently ridden out his claim; quickly out in front, he again jumped superbly, quickened an already-strong gallop a circuit out and only had 2 realistic challengers left when shaken up after 3 out, responding most gamely despite edging right on the run-in, seeing out the longer trip thoroughly; this was just his fourth start over fences and the way his career has gone it's easy to believe he may do even better, unlikely to give up his crown lightly back here next year provided he stays sound, likely to be sparingly campaigned in the interim, a clash with the likes of Vautour and Don Poli something to savour.

DJAKADAM (FR) has found his form taking off since upped to 3m+ and put up the best effort by an Irish-trained staying chaser this season in going down narrowly in his first open Grade 1 chase, coping superbly well with the severe demands of a well-run Gold Cup; travelling strongly and jumping well in mid-field, he edged closer from a circuit out and, having taken third on the home turn, stuck to his task splendidly in pursuit of the winner; a rare 6-y-o to figure in this race, it's possible he'll do even better still and he'll be a fixture in the best staying chases for some time to come, his extraordinary trainer's strength in depth across all divisions at present bordering on the ridiculous.

ROAD TO RICHES (IRE) ran another stormer 10 weeks on from the Lexus, this an even better effort in form terms, again doing everything right and needing no excuses; close up, jumped soundly, travelled fluently, effort 3 out, kept on, the even longer trip no problem; he's a credit to his trainer and should continue to give a good account.

HOLYWELL (IRE) looked well at home in an open Grade 1 chase and ran his race, just not quite good enough in the end but still no mean feat to finish fourth in a Gold Cup, having won handicaps at this meeting in the last 2 seasons, and there are more good races to be won with him over fences; tracked pace, jumped fine, travelled well, shaken up sixteenth, effort before 3 out, one paced straight.

ON HIS OWN (IRE) ridden by an amateur unable to claim, couldn't match last season's second in this better race but looked in really good nick for most of the way and probably just paid the price for trying to lay up with the gallop set by the winner; close up, jumped right but not markedly so, pushed along 5 out, weakened before 2 out.

MANY CLOUDS (IRE) had winning run ended at 3, comfortable for a long way and still looking in good form but maybe just lacking the gears for a demanding, top-class Gold Cup; in touch, jumped fine, shaken up seventeenth, effort 4 out, not quicken next; he's a grand type and will bounce back, even if this probably puts a cap on his potential.

SILVINIACO CONTI (FR) still just about sets the standard among the staying chasers but wasn't at his best 11 weeks on from the King George, coming up short in this race for the third time, maybe just not cut out for it, the emphasis it places on stamina - particularly with the gallop as it was on softish ground - too much for him, finding uncharacteristically little having gone with zest (if a little keenly) in touch to 4 out; he'll bounce back, and the likes of Aintree, Haydock and Kempton should see him get much closer to the principals another time.

SMAD PLACE (FR) shaped as if still in good form but just wasn't good enough, even ridden as he was to pick up the pieces, lack of stamina possibly coming into it by the end as well; held up, crept closer from fifteenth, chased leaders briefly 4 out, weakened next.

CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE) wasn't in same form as last time, his jumping not quite up to scratch, as was the case here in last season's RSA, though he wasn't the only one to let down the Irish Hennessy form at this meeting; held up, mistakes sixth, eleventh, thirteenth, headway fifteenth, shaken up 5 out, no further impression.

BOSTON BOB (IRE) was well held, just never in the hunt, conditions maybe some excuse; dropped out, tailed off fifteenth, never involved.

HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) wasn't up to the task, unable to cope with the strong gallop; mid-division, mistake ninth, lost place next, beaten early final circuit.

BOBS WORTH (IRE) had an tricky preparation and ran poorly back from 10 weeks off, never threatening any progress from out the back; it seems increasingly unlikely he'll ever get back to his memorable, top-class best.

HOME FARM (IRE) faced a stiff task; dropped out, pushed along thirteenth, blundered fifteenth, soon beaten.

LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) ran no sort of race, probably amiss to perform as he did, though the form he showed when winning this last year - the best effort of his career - is some 10 lb below what Coneygree achieved; soon detached, never travelling well, beaten long way out.

SAM WINNER (FR) back in tongue strap after 10 weeks off, found run of good form coming to a halt, just lacking the gears to cope with such a severe test; handy, lost place halfway, never going well after, beaten long way out.

THE GIANT BOLSTER ran poorly, the first time he's flopped in 4 tries in this race, not that he had much to recommend him on this season's form, and his temperament probably isn't what it was, either; in rear, never travelling well, beaten long way out.