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Cheltenham Gold Cup tipsWhen is the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Cheltenham Friday 17th March 3.30pm

Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade 1) (5yo+)

Distance: 3 miles 2 furlongs

Weights:  11st 8lbs (5yo), 11st 10lb (6yo+), 7lb allowance for mares

The main race on day four is the big one – The Cheltenham Gold Cup, or to give it it’s full title the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase,  a grade one chase over three miles and two and a half furlongs of the course, with 22 fences to be jumped.

It is the most prestigious of all national hunt racing events and is sometimes referred to as the Blue Ribbon of jump racing. It’s roll of honour features names such as Arkle, Best Mate, Golden Miller and Kauto Star – without a doubt, this race is a true test for the very best chasers.

A key attribute is the ability to jump fluently.  Any horses that are prone to making errors at the fences are sure to get found out. Tactical race speed is important, as the Gold Cup is usually run at a quicker pace than most other chases. Stamina to see out the race distance, and the uphill finish are also very very important on this undulating track at Cheltenham.


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Cheltenham Gold Cup Records

Fastest Win: LONG RUN 2011 ridden by S Waley-Cohen trained by Nicky Henderson finished in 389.7s – 6 minutes 29.7 seconds

Most successful horse (5 wins):

Golden Miller – 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936

Leading jockey (4 wins):

Pat Taaffe – Arkle (1964, 1965, 1966), Fort Leney (1968)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

Tom Dreaper – Prince Regent (1946), Arkle (1964, 1965, 1966), Fort Leney (1968)

Leading owner (7 wins):

Dorothy Paget – Golden Miller (1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936), Roman Hackle (1940), Mont Tremblant (1952)

Source: Wikipedia

Cheltenham Gold Cup Trends and Statistics

Here are the Cheltenham Gold Cup 12 year trends and statistics:

  • Age – 11 of the last 12 winners were aged between 7 and 9.
  • Sex – All of the last 12 winners were geldings. The 1 mare that ran in the race in the last 12 years was unplaced..
  • Trainer – Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins have both won this race twice in the last 12 years.
  • Horse – Only the Mullins trained AL BOUM PHOTO has won more than once in the last 12 years. 
  • Country – 5 of the last 12 winners were bred in Ireland, 4 in France, 2 in Great Britain and 1 in Germany.
  • Colour – 10 of the last 12 winners were bay.
  • Weight Carried – Geldings carry 11st 10lb and mares 11st 3lb.
  • Starting Price (SP) – 10 of the last 12 winners returned a SP of 8/1 or less. 
  • Starting Price Rank – 5 of the last 12 winners started as favourite and 10 were in the first 4 in the betting.
  • Headgear – 11 of the last 12 winners wore no headgear
  • Days Since Last Run – 11 of the last 12 winners had run between 33 and 83 days ago. 
  • Last Run Form –10 of the last 12 winners had won last time out.
  • Official Rating – 11 of the last 12 winners had an official rating between 164 and 179.

Who are the Cheltenham Gold Cup Leading Contenders?

Many recent winners previously competed in the Savills New Year’s Day Chase at Tramore and the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown. The latter was won by current favourite Galopin des Champs, who has shortened at the top of the betting as a result. Since falling in the Turner’s Novices Chase at Cheltenham last season, Willie Mullins’ charge has won three consecutive races and won by a combined 39 lengths. He possesses some of the most impressive form coming into this contest.

Last season’s winner A Plus Tard returns to the track and is priced up as one of the favourites. He will be looking to go back-to-back, whereas trainer Henry de Bromhead will be hoping to secure a hat-trick of Gold Cup victories.

Bravemansgame also boasts fantastic form coming into this, and having secured victory in both the Charlie Hall Chase and the King George, he could be difficult to beat. Noble Yeats is also an interesting candidate, impressing in the Many Clouds Chase.

Stattler almost got the better of Minella Indo in the Savills Chase and was forced to cover more ground in the process. The Willie Mullins’ 8-year-old has picked up consecutive runner-up spots and could be involved again.

When previewing the Gold Cup, I usually start with the previous year’s renewal and, along with most of the races, the 2020 renewal was totally dominated by Irish runners. Minella Indo, A Plus Tard and Al Boum Photo filled the first three places, with Native River the highest placed British trained horse twenty-four lengths back in fourth and beaten on the first circuit. Although, in fairness, Frodon fared best of the home defence being the only one to challenge the front three before tiring two out to finish fifth.  

The first three from last year are on course to return in March. Al Boum Photo was attempting to equal Best Mate in winning a hat-trick last year but had to settle for third place behind two younger rivals. I don’t expect to win any popularity contests with the opinion that, with hindsight, the two Gold Cups that he won were below-par renewals. Al Boum Photo will have to emulate the great Kauto Star as the only horse to regain the title. He would also be the first winner this century to win the crown with veteran status. I can’t have him for win purposes and I’m definitely a ‘layer’, I can see him hitting the frame again, but 10/1 each-way is poor value with the win part a write off.

Minella Indo and A Plus Tard have both ‘blotted their copy book’ this season. A Plus Tard looked like the Gold Cup was a formality when easily winning the Betfair Chase in November but was disappointing to see him beaten by Galvin in the Savills Chase at Christmas. Reigning champion Minella Indo was beaten by Frodon at Down Royal on seasonal debut, when he may not have been fully fit, but he dropped away tamely when pulling up in the King George. However, it is worth noting that he came into last year’s Gold Cup off the back of two defeats. Henry De Bromhead is as good as anyone at getting his runners to peak at the right time. Galvin adverstised his credentials as a serious contender with that defeat of A Plus Tard in the Savills Chase, a short-head victory that has catapulted him to second favourite in the market. Having won the National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices' Chase over 3m 6f at the Festival last year, a race that has worked out well, he has stamina guaranteed which is a prerequisite for chasings Blue Riband event. Although testing conditions would bring his stamina into play, he doesn’t appear to have been at his best on soft/heavy. Galvin is a serious player, but I think A Plus Tard is better than he showed at Christmas, using Kemboy as a yardstick and I don’t think that Galvin has shown the brilliance in his career that would make me a backer at 5/1. Tornado Flyer won the recent renewal of the King George but may have been a fortunate winner as the leading protagonists burnt each other with a suicidal pace. That was his first win in ten starts and it would be a poor renewal if a horse with that profile were to become champion. Asterion Forlonge looked booked for second at Kempton before a heavy fall at the last, little of his form prior to that screams Gold Cup winner.  

Shortest priced contender from Britain is currently Dan Skelton's second season chaser Protektorat. He was beaten in a Kelso class 3 novice chase last February before winning the Manifesto Novices' Chase over 2½m at the Grand National meeting. He started this campaign as runner-up under top weight in the Paddy Power Gold Cup and outlined his Gold Cup potential with a 25-length win in the Many Clouds Chase back at Aintree. I don’t know what to make of that form, beating Native River who was so bad next time out in the Welsh National that he was promptly retired. I am yet to be convinced that Protektorat will stay the Gold Cup trip and 10/1 has little appeal as an ante-post angle. 

Paul Nicholls is the most successful Gold Cup trainer in the modern era, with four wins including a 1-2-3 in 2008. He sole entry at this stage being Saint Calvados. He has only had one start for Nicholls since moving from Harry Whittington’s yard. He was an eye-catcher in the King George when travelling as well as any before emptying out in the straight as he had sone the previous year. He has some class, second to Min in the 2020 Ryanair, ahead of A Plus Tard, but has obvious stamina doubts and breathing issues. Royale Pagaille ran in last year’s race as a novice but was completely taken off his feet by the brutal pace that forced numerous jumping errors. He would need testing ground to have any chance. Nicky Henderson has a decent record in the race and has Mister Fisher, Champ and Chantry House entered. With Champ being a doubtful starter and likely to go for the Stayers Hurdle, that leaves the other two. Mister Fisher and Chantry House would have to step up markedly on their King George efforts when both struggled from an early stage and neither have proven stamina. The novice Ahoy Senor still holds an entry and connections have mooted the possibility of going for Gold rather than the novice options. He was put in his place by Bravemansgame in the Kauto Star novice chase over Christmas and must be an unlikely runner. He is 66/1 with a few firms but only 25/1 with the two firms offering no runner, no bet.

In summary, I’m convinced that the first two home in last year’s race are still the two to beat. In terms of ante-post betting, the Irish Gold Cup at the Dublin Festival will be key. A Plus Tard skipped the race last year and went straight to Cheltenham, while Minella Indo was a poor fourth. I am not sure that either will go to Cheltenham much shorter than they are now, barring mass defections before March. Connections of the former may feel that not having had a run between Christmas and the festival left him needing the race, so it would make sense to take in the Dublin Festival en route

The leading contenders for the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup are:

  • AL BOUM PHOTO – Winner in 2019 and 2020, won his third New Years Day Savills Chase in some style at Tramore and will next be seen in the Cheltenham feature.
  • A PLUS TARD – Won the novices handicap chase at the 2019 festival and was 3rd in the Ryanair last year. Beat a strong field in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown in December.
  • MINELLA INDO – Second behind CHAMP in the RSA Chase last year and began this season with Graded wins at Navan and Wexford. Fell when travelling well in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown.
  • SANTINI – Just a neck behind AL BOUM PHOTO in 2020 and was staying on well when fourth in the King George

  • CHAMP – Won the RSA Chase last year and at time of writing has been off since.
  • FRODON – Won the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day under a tactical ride from Bryony Frost, dictating the pace and keeping on well to the line.


What’s Our Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips?

Another competitive field is expected for this 2023 renewal. Most of the pre-race conversation is likely to be around Galopin des Champs, who cast aside any stamina doubts by cruising to victory in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown at the beginning of February. This horse has been described as a ‘freak of nature’ and is superbly bred. Despite having yet to compete over this exact distance, trainer Willie Mullins remains supremely confident his charge can cope with the additional two furlongs.

Although favourites haven’t always enjoyed the best record in this iconic event, two of the last three renewals have been won by the market leader. And although this horse is likely to be short, those recent performances are hard to overlook.

Minella Indo beat Stattler in the Savills Chase, however, that form looks far from concrete. Stattler covered far more ground on that occasion and, although he’s been beaten by his stablemate Galopin des Champs couple of times, he will be up for the fight. He may be an each-way option once again.

Pick – Galopin Des Champs – 7/4

E/W – Stattler – 8/1

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Our Antepost Tips:

FRODON is unlikely to get things his own way on the front end and may just give up if headed. CHAMP is going to have an each way shout if Nicky Henderson manages to find a prep race. SANTINI I’m not sure about, despite that excellent run behind AL BOUM PHOTO last year he hasn’t been convincing since. MINELLA INDO is a nice type with a good overall profile despite that fall at Leopardstown. AL BOUM PHOTO is again worthy of the favourites tag but my ante-post selection at this stage is A PLUS TARD each-way who is stronger with every run and shaped up like this extra 2 furlongs will suit him down to the ground.

On the day:

A PLUS TARD 15:05 Cheltenham 7/2 – I have gone against AL BOUM PHOTO in the last two Gold Cups and although I may live to regret it I am looking elsewhere again. If you followed my advice in our Cheltenham magazine you with have an ante-post voucher on A PLUS TARD at 10/1. FRODON is unlikely to get things his own way on the front end as he will have NATIVE RIVER for company (the 2018 winner tipped by FRT). Last years RSA winner CHAMP is going to have an each way shout after a good prep race over an inadequate trip. SANTINI I’m not sure about, despite that excellent run behind AL BOUM PHOTO last year he hasn’t been convincing since. AL BOUM PHOTO is again worthy of the favourites tag but my selection is A PLUS TARD who will appreciate the strong pace and shaped up like this extra 2 furlongs will suit him down to the ground.

How it went:

We went with A PLUS TARD for the win, however a mistake at the 16th meant that stable mate MINELLA INDO was able to win the Gold Cup by a length and a quarter.

Here is what Keith said about the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup:

This is an exciting renewal of the greatest race in the jumps calendar and you will hear plenty of pundits offering conflicting opinions about what will and won't win, and that is exactly as it should be.

I have to start somewhere with my analysis so here goes, last years talking horse KEMBOY hasn't shown enough in his races this year to be considered. CLAN DES OBEAUX was better than ever at Kempton and a repeat of that puts him bang there in this. My worry about LOSTINTRANSLATION is that whatever was bothering him in the King George rears it's ugly head again and for that reason he is out. There is a lot to like about the way DELTA WORK won the Irish Gold Cup and if it comes to a battle he won't give up. You can't ignore the claims of SANTINI and if the going turns up soft he has to have a a shout. Finally last year's hero AL BOUM PHOTO comes under the spotlight he has been put in as ante-post favourite and as such has a favourites chance but I am not convinced he can repeat the feat against this opposition.

My selection for the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup is: CLAN DES OBEAUX 8/1 each way (NRNB).

On the day a mistake by CLAN DES OBEAUX three fences from home cost him his chance in the Gold Cup


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Cheltenham Gold Cup Results

Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
Distance: 3m2½f (5790 yards) Prize (winner): £351688 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 11    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 6 mins 41.75s   Avg OR: 165     Median OR: 166     Fences: 22

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeWeightORTrainerJockey (Claim)Odds
21stA Plus Tard (FR)811-10172Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael3/1 (Fav)
held up towards rear, closed 3 out, not much room final bend, soon had gap open and closed well to take 2nd 2 out, led last, quickened clear flat, impressive BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 5.7 Owner: Cheveley Park Stud
72nd15Minella Indo (IRE)911-10174Bromhead, Henry DePower, R M7/1
mid-division, headway 13th, led 3 out, 3 lengths clear before 2 out, headed last, no chance with winner flat BF IP MIN 1.5 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr Barry Maloney
83rd2.5Protektorat (FR)711-10164Skelton, DanielSkelton, Harry10/1
held up towards rear, not much room 16th, closed on outside 4 out, 5 1/2 lengths 3rd and beaten when bad mistake last, no chance with winner, hard pressed to hold onto 3rd inside final 100 yards BF IP MIN 4 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Sir A Ferguson G Mason J Hales & L Hal
64thSHGalvin (IRE)811-10168Elliott, GordonRussell, D N100/30
not always fluent, held up rear of mid-division towards inside, outpaced after 3 out, switched right before 2 out, stayed on approaching last, pressing for 3rd inside final 100 yards, no chance with winner BF IP MIN 3.7 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr R A Bartlett
95thNKRoyale Pagaille (FR)811-10166Williams, Miss VenetiaDeutsch, Charlie20/1
held up in rear on outside, headway 7th, went prominent 10th, not fluent 15th, challenging when mistake 4 out, beaten 2 out, pressed for 3rd inside final 100 yards BF IP MIN 14.5 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mrs S Ricci
16th2.75Al Boum Photo (FR)1011-10170Mullins, W PTownend, P6/1
held up behind leaders, jumped right at times, mistake 17th, effort 3 out, chasing leaders before 2 out, no impression last, weakened flat BF IP MIN 5.1 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mrs J Donnelly
37th1Asterion Forlonge (FR)811-10164Mullins, W PCooper, Bryan J22/1
not always fluent and jumped right, led until 7th, led 15th, headed 3 out, no extra last BF IP MIN 8.2 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mrs J Donnelly
108th9.5Santini1011-10153Gundry, Miss PollyScholfield, Nick66/1
prominent, not much room 3rd, lost place before 4 out, soon well held BF IP MIN 40 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr & Mrs R Kelvin-Hughes
49th30Aye Right (IRE)911-10158Graham, Harriet/Rutherford, GaryBewley, Callum80/1
soon close up, led 7th, headed 15th, lost place 4 out, weakened before mistake 3 out, tailed off BF IP MIN 44 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Geoff And Elspeth Adam
11PUTornado Flyer (IRE)911-10167Mullins, W PMullins, D E9/1
chased leaders on inside, awkward 1st, soon towards rear, not fluent 7th, well beaten from 4 out, clambered over 3 out, pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 9.8 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: T F P
5PUChantry House (IRE)811-10160Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico16/1
always in rear, pushed along briefly 5th, not fluent 10th, pulled up before 18th BF IP MIN 18.5 BF IP MAX 1000 Owner: Mr John P McManus

WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
Distance: 3m2½f (5790 yards) Prize (winner): £263766 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 12    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 6 mins 45.35s   Avg OR: 166     Median OR: 167

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
91stMinella Indo (IRE)8164Bromhead, Henry DeKennedy, J W9/19.603.15
chased leaders, closed to dispute 2nd from 16th, going strongly 3 out, soon led, 2 lengths ahead last, stayed on well, ridden out BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 10
22nd1.25A Plus Tard (FR)7169Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael100/304.361.88
held up towards rear, steady headway from 13th, mistake 16th, checked and taken back slightly before 3 out, went close 2nd final bend, 2 lengths down 2 out, stayed on well but able to get back to winner BF IP MIN 1.4 BF IP MAX 500
13rd4.25Al Boum Photo (FR)9175Mullins, W PTownend, P9/4 (Fav)3.651.60
held up in mid-division, not fluent 1st, headway from 11th, not fluent 17th, hit 4 out, held in pocket bend before 2 out, soon went 3rd but unable to go with front pair, held after, stayed on BF IP MIN 2 BF IP MAX 1000
104th24Native River (IRE)11172Tizzard, C LJohnson, Richard12/114.004.00
pushed away from start, chased leaders on inside, driven 13th, lost place before 15th, well held from 4 out, plugged on to take 4th flat BF IP MIN 13.5 BF IP MAX 1000
65th4.25Frodon (FR)9169Nicholls, P FFrost, Bryony16/125.005.31
led, ridden and headed after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, lost 4th flat BF IP MIN 5.9 BF IP MAX 1000
116th15Royale Pagaille (FR)7166Williams, Miss VenetiaDeutsch, Charlie14/125.846.33
behind, hit 2nd, not fluent 6th, mistake 9th, switched to outside before 13th, mistake 15th, hit 18th, struggling 4 out, never any chance BF IP MIN 13 BF IP MAX 1000
47th3Black Op (IRE)10147George, T RScudamore, Tom125/1200.0032.22
tracked leaders, went 2nd after 4th, weakened after 3 out BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000
38th0.5Aso (FR)11158Williams, Miss VenetiaJacob, Daryl150/1160.0021.72
held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, mistake and well beaten 4 out BF IP MIN 40 BF IP MAX 1000
79th33Kemboy (FR)9169Mullins, W PMullins, D E16/117.004.90
chased leader, mistake 3rd, lost 2nd after next, stayed prominent, mistake 8th, lost place before 4 out, soon behind, tailed off BF IP MIN 10.5 BF IP MAX 1000
12PUSantini9167Henderson, N JColeman, A12/120.603.95
rousted away from start, soon mid-division, bad mistake and lost place 7th, last, struggling and behind 9th, pulled up after 12th BF IP MIN 11.5 BF IP MAX 1000
5PUChamp (IRE)9165Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico13/28.402.82
towards rear on inside, slow and pecked 1st, not fluent 3rd, slow 4th, jumped left and hit brush upright 5th, mistake 6th, pulled up before 7th BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 1000
8PULostintranslation (IRE)9167Tizzard, C LPower, R M40/139.489.80
mid-division on inside, lost place approaching 14th, well beaten from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 24 BF IP MAX 1000

Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)
Distance: 3m2½f (5790 yards) Prize (winner): £351688 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 12    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 6 mins 50.38s   Avg OR: 169     Median OR: 170.5 

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
11stAl Boum Photo (FR)8175Mullins, W PTownend, P100/30 (Fav)4.702.16
mid-division, mistake 13th, not fluent 14th, headway 17th, led 4 out, hard pressed from 3 out, headed narrowly before last, led again just after last, stayed on well, held on BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 7
122ndNKSantini8171Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico5/17.162.70
chased leaders, not much room 1st, closed on inside from 18th, unable to go with leaders briefly 2 out, not much room between last 2, switched right after last, stayed on, went 2nd towards finish, just held BF IP MIN 2 BF IP MAX 500
83rd1.25Lostintranslation (IRE)8173Tizzard, C LPower, R M10/113.204.25
travelled well, in touch in mid-division on inside, closed 7th, challenged before 2 out, led narrowly before last, headed just after last, held and lost 2nd towards finish BF IP MIN 2.3 BF IP MAX 1000
94thNKMonalee (IRE)9168Bromhead, Henry DeBlackmore, Rachael20/125.005.97
raced freely, chased leaders, led 14th, not fluent 16th, headed 4 out, ridden 2 out, stayed on flat BF IP MIN 7.8 BF IP MAX 1000
55th4.5Delta Work (FR)7171Elliott, GordonWalsh, M P5/18.212.44
held up in rear, mistake 2nd and 16th, headway when not much room and switched right after 3 out, stayed on, not trouble leaders BF IP MIN 6.8 BF IP MAX 1000
116th1Real Steel (FR)7164Mullins, W PHughes, Brian50/1101.5218.68
held up in rear on outside, headway 4 out, every chance 2 out, weakened final 150 yards BF IP MIN 3.55 BF IP MAX 1000
77th4.75Kemboy (FR)8175Mullins, W PMullins, Mr P W8/19.243.43
led until jumped right 1st, soon in mid-division, mistake 15th, towards rear when mistake 18th, some headway 2 out, no impression, edged left flat BF IP MIN 8.2 BF IP MAX 1000
48th5Clan Des Obeaux (FR)8173Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry7/18.582.92
mid-division, closed when not fluent 3 out, soon pushed along, no impression, well held 2 out BF IP MIN 6.8 BF IP MAX 1000
29th1.25Bristol De Mai (FR)9170Twiston-Davies, N AJacob, Daryl18/130.006.20
prominent, led 4th, headed after 12th, led 13th until 14th, mistake 17th, soon ridden along, weakened after 3 out, well beaten when slightly hampered 2 out BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
310thSHChriss Dream (IRE)8165Bromhead, Henry DeColeman, A20/126.006.80
held up towards rear, headway approaching 18th, weakened before 2 out BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
611thNKElegant Escape (IRE)8161Tizzard, C LONeill, Jonjo (Jr)66/1117.7918.00
led 1st, not fluent 3rd, headed 4th, led after 12th, headed next, ridden from 15th, weakened after 4 out BF IP MIN 48 BF IP MAX 1000
10FPresenting Percy9166Kelly, Patrick GRussell, D N10/111.183.40
held up towards rear, mistake 18th, closed after 3 out, 7th and staying on when fell 2 out BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 1000

Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)
Distance: 3m2½f (5790 yards +75 yards rails adjustment) Prize (winner): £351688 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 16    Going: Good To Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 6 mins 39.06s   Avg OR: 165     Median OR: 164.5

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
11stAl Boum Photo (FR)7164Mullins, W PTownend, P12/113.505.73
held up in rear, steady headway from 8th, hampered 10th, not fluent 13th, close 3rd 19th, not much room bend before 2 out, soon came through to lead, clear from last, stayed on well BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 14
22nd2.5Anibale Fly (FR)9164Martin, A JGeraghty, B J22/129.005.95
held up towards rear, headway bypassing normal 3 out, went 3rd last, stayed on well and went 2nd final 100 yards, unable to trouble winner BF IP MIN 4.1 BF IP MAX 1000
43rd3.75Bristol De Mai (FR)8173Twiston-Davies, N AJacob, Daryl18/127.848.01
held up towards rear, closed from 13th, went 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner last, lost 2nd 100 yards out BF IP MIN 2.94 BF IP MAX 1000
124th3Native River (IRE)9173Tizzard, C LJohnson, Richard6/18.052.77
slow away, headway to chase leaders 3rd, led 11th, headed 15th, led again 16th, headed before 2 out, stayed on but no impression on leaders flat BF IP MIN 5 BF IP MAX 1000
55th1.75Clan Des Obeaux (FR)7173Nicholls, P FCobden, Harry5/16.602.74
tracked leaders, ridden and unable to go with leaders last, stayed on same pace BF IP MIN 3.65 BF IP MAX 1000
86th15Elegant Escape (IRE)7162Tizzard, C LOBrien, T J20/126.005.90
tracked leaders, pushed along before 15th, beaten off last bend, weakened between last 2 BF IP MIN 8 BF IP MAX 1000
157th3.5Yala Enki (FR)9155Williams, Miss VenetiaDeutsch, Charlie100/1224.2728.17
chased leaders on outside, blundered and lost place 6th, outpaced and struggling from 15th, hampered before 2 out, passed 2 rivals flat BF IP MIN 80 BF IP MAX 1000
138th3.5Presenting Percy8165Kelly, Patrick GRussell, D N100/30 (Fav)5.102.70
held up towards rear on inside, not fluent 3rd, headway after 19th, soon niggled along, ridden and weakened before 2 out BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000
169th2.75Shattered Love (IRE)8154Elliott, GordonKennedy, J W20/126.006.60
held up in rear, ridden and headway after 19th, weakened before 2 out BF IP MIN 11 BF IP MAX 1000
6BDDefinitly Red (IRE)10162Ellison, BCook, Danny50/1120.4313.50
prominent, brought down 10th BF IP MIN 85 BF IP MAX 1000
9FInvitation Only (IRE)8161Mullins, W PMullins, Mr P W33/135.5611.31
led until 2nd, led 3rd until 4th, with leader, mistake 5th, fell 10th BF IP MIN 20 BF IP MAX 1000
3PUBellshill (IRE)9168Mullins, W PWalsh, R9/112.114.15
mid-division, blundered badly and lost place 5th, mistake 7th and 8th, pulled up before 9th BF IP MIN 9.6 BF IP MAX 1000
7PUDouble Shuffle (IRE)9158George, T RBurke, Jonathan100/1307.2337.07
held up in mid-division on outside, hampered 10th, lost place before 13th, tailed off 17th, pulled up before next BF IP MIN 150 BF IP MAX 1000
11PUMight Bite (IRE)10169Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico14/116.616.00
prominent, led 2nd, not fluent and headed next, led 4th, headed 11th, led 15th, hit next and headed, bumped on last bend, weakened quickly and pulled up before 2 out BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 1000
14PUThistlecrack11170Tizzard, C LScudamore, Tom12/116.694.77
mid-division, hampered and lost place 10th, last when stumbled 12th, behind when pulled up before 17th BF IP MIN 12 BF IP MAX 1000
10URKemboy (FR)7168Mullins, W PMullins, David8/111.463.87
landed awkwardly and unseated rider 1st BF IP MIN 10.5 BF IP MAX 1000

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)
Distance: 3m2½f (5790 yards) Prize (winner): £369822 Dir: Left Handed
Runners: 15    Going: Soft    Class: Class 1 Grade 1    Age Restrictions: 5yo+
Winners Time: 7 mins 2.90s   Avg OR: 163     Median OR: 164 

NoPlaceDist BtHorseAgeORTrainerJockey (Claim)OddsBFBFP
111stNative River (IRE)8166Tizzard, C LJohnson, Richard5/16.802.30
led but pressed by runner-up throughout, ridden after 3 out, headed narrowly 2 out, led again last, went 2 lengths clear 100 yards out, stayed on well, drawing further away when edged right towards finish BF IP MIN 1.01 BF IP MAX 7
92nd4.5Might Bite (IRE)9169Henderson, N JBoinville, Nico4/1 (Fav)5.893.20
pressed winner throughout, took narrow lead traveling better than rival 2 out, shaken up and headed last, ridden and edged right about 150 yards out, soon 2 lengths down and held, no extra close home BF IP MIN 1.52 BF IP MAX 1000
23rd4Anibale Fly (FR)8159Martin, A JGeraghty, B J33/140.3111.00
mid-division, headway 18th, disputing 5th 4 out, effort to press for 3rd when not fluent 3 out, no impression on front pair 2 out, went 10 lengths 3rd last, stayed on to close final 100 yards but no impression BF IP MIN 7 BF IP MAX 1000
144th4Road To Respect (IRE)7168Meade, NoelFlanagan, S W9/110.684.20
mid-division on inside, headway 17th, 3rd 4 out, not fluent 3 out, beaten when not fluent 2 out, lost 3rd last, stayed on same pace BF IP MIN 3 BF IP MAX 1000
55th8Djakadam (FR)9162Mullins, W PMullins, Mr P W25/129.286.01
tracked leaders, mistake 13th, hit 18th, 4th 4 out, mistake and pressed for 3rd 3 out, 5th and beaten when mistake 2 out, weakened BF IP MIN 14 BF IP MAX 1000
46th18Definitly Red (IRE)9167Ellison, BCook, Danny8/111.503.05
tracked leaders, pushed along after 14th, struggling to hold place after, well behind 18th, plugged on past some beaten horses from 3 out but no chance BF IP MIN 10 BF IP MAX 1000
177th1.5Tea For Two9164Williams, NickKelly, Lizzie50/175.0014.64
held up in rear, hit 1st, hampered next, disputing 9th 4 out, no impression, well beaten from 3 out BF IP MIN 50 BF IP MAX 1000
78th7Edwulf9165OBrien, Joseph PatrickOConnor, Derek20/124.276.08
held up in rear, disputing 9th 4 out, slightly hampered and well beaten 3 out BF IP MIN 16.5 BF IP MAX 1000
19th18American (FR)8157Fry, HarryFehily, Noel25/129.009.00
chased leaders on outside, not fluent 3rd, mistake 5th, disputing 5th 4 out, weakened next BF IP MIN 25 BF IP MAX 1000
18FTotal Recall (IRE)9156Mullins, W PMullins, David14/117.535.45
held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway 18th, not fluent 4 out, soon pushed along, travelling better and 6 lengths 6th when fell 3 out BF IP MIN 9.2 BF IP MAX 1000
3FBachasson (FR)7159Mullins, W PMullins, D E33/149.0516.20
held up, fell 2nd BF IP MIN 36 BF IP MAX 1000
12PUOur Duke (IRE)8166Harrington, Mrs JohnPower, R M9/25.892.32
tracked leaders, hit 13th, struggling to hold place from 15th, towards rear when hit 18th, pulled up before 4 out BF IP MIN 5.5 BF IP MAX 1000
13PUOutlander (IRE)10164Elliott, GordonKennedy, J W20/129.287.56
held up in mid-division, 8th 4 out, no impression after, well beaten 3 out, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 15 BF IP MAX 1000
15PUSaphir Du Rheu (FR)9158Nicholls, P FTwiston-Davies, Sam66/1200.0034.22
in touch on outside, lost place before 6th, driven and struggling towards rear 17th, pulled up before 4 out BF IP MIN 120 BF IP MAX 1000
8PUKillultagh Vic (IRE)9165Mullins, W PTownend, P8/111.003.92
mistakes in rear, well beaten from 18th, pulled up before last BF IP MIN 10.5 BF IP MAX 1000

Non Runners  Shantou Flyer (IRE), Double Shuffle (IRE), Minella Rocco (IRE)

Cheltenham Gold Cup Previous Winners

DateGoingRunnersWinnerStallionAgeJockey (Clm)TrainerOddsWeightORDays
Good To Soft1183/111-1017280d
Good To Soft1289/111-1016440d
Good To Soft128100/3011-1017572d
Good To Soft16712/111-1016473d
Good To Soft1697/411-1017777d
Good To Soft1289/411-1017634d
Good To Soft1875/411-1017634d
Good To Firm1289/212-017047d
Good To Soft12916/112-016647d

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