Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase (Grade 3 Handicap) 2m 4f 110y

  • (4yo+, 2m 4f 110y, Class 1, 18 runners)
  • Winner £91,120 2nd £34,192 3rd £17,120 4th £8,528 5th £4,288 6th £2,144
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 25.75s
  • Off time: 14:35:14
Full result
Result 14:35 Cheltenham
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Al Ferof 8/1
2nd 12 Walkon 3 7/1
3rd 10 Nadiya De La Vega 12 12/1
4th 17 Casey Top 6 40/1

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps SP
1 1/5U26-4
BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Poquelin (FR) 14
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:Harry Derham
  • Form: 1/5U26-4
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-12
  • OR: 163
  • Naps:
9 166 11-12 P F Nicholls Harry Derham (7) 163 33/1
2 1/11343-
YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Al Ferof (FR) 219
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:R Walsh
  • Form: 1/11343-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-8
  • OR: 159
  • Naps:
7 162 11-8 P F Nicholls R Walsh 159 8/1
3 F/85110-
Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Calgary Bay (IRE) 217
  • T:M R Channon
  • J:D Elsworth
  • Form: F/85110-
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-7
  • OR: 158
  • Naps:
9 161 11-7 M R Channon D Elsworth 158 16/1
4 211113-
Red, Yellow hoops, Light Blue sleeves, Red cap Hunt Ball (IRE) 219
  • T:K Burke
  • J:Nick Scholfield
  • Form: 211113-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6
  • OR: 157
  • Naps:
7 160 11-6 K Burke Nick Scholfield 157 9/1
5 2/61114-
Purple, Yellow triple diamond, Yellow sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Grands Crus (FR) 248
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:T Scudamore
  • Form: 2/61114-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-6t
  • OR: 157
  • Naps:
7 160 11-6 t D Pipe T Scudamore 157 7/4f
6 2/02175-
Emerald green, yellow hoops, emerald green and yellow quartered cap Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 203
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:A Tinkler
  • Form: 2/02175-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 155
  • Naps:
7 158 11-4 N J Henderson A Tinkler 155 20/1
7 2/41412-
RED, WHITE seams, ROYAL BLUE and WHITE hooped sleeves and cap Aerial (FR) 213
  • T:P F Nicholls
  • J:D A Jacob
  • Form: 2/41412-
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 155
  • Naps:
6 158 11-4 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 155 25/1
9 33464-2
Red and White stripes, hooped sleeves, striped cap Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 19
  • T:T Cooper
  • J:P J Brennan
  • Form: 33464-2
  • Age: 10
  • Weight: 10-13
  • OR: 150
  • Naps:
10 153 10-13 T Cooper P J Brennan 150 20/1
10 603/17-1
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 28
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:A P McCoy
  • Form: 603/17-1
  • Age: 6
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
6 148 10-8 N J Henderson A P McCoy 145 12/1
11 47124-5
Yellow, Dark Blue triple diamond and armlets Micheal Flips (IRE) 14
  • T:Andrew Turnell
  • J:B Hughes
  • Form: 47124-5
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-8
  • OR: 145
  • Naps:
8 148 10-8 Andrew Turnell B Hughes 145 20/1
12 7/1345P-
Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Walkon (FR) 210
  • T:A King
  • J:R Thornton
  • Form: 7/1345P-
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-6
  • OR: 143
  • Naps:
7 146 10-6 A King R Thornton 143 7/1
13 S41141
Maroon and Beige (quartered), Maroon sleeves, Beige armlets The Disengager (IRE) 49
  • T:P J Hobbs
  • J:R Johnson
  • Form: S41141
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-4
  • OR: 141
  • Naps:
8 144 10-4 P J Hobbs R Johnson 141 40/1
15 41110-2
Yellow, Light Blue hooped sleeves Triolo D'alene (FR) 190
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:B J Geraghty
  • Form: 41110-2
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 10-1
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
5 141 10-1 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 138 12/1
16 1F-211F
Yellow, Dark Green seams, Yellow cap, Dark Green spots Kingsmere 29
  • T:H D Daly
  • J:S Twiston-Davies
  • Form: 1F-211F
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-0
  • OR: 137
  • Naps:
7 140 10-0 H D Daly S Twiston-Davies 137 25/1
17 336-120
Orange and black (quartered), halved sleeves Casey Top (IRE) 59
  • T:L Whitmore
  • J:M A Enright
  • Form: 336-120
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 10-0t
  • OR: 136
  • Naps:
9 140 10-0 t L Whitmore M A Enright (5) 136 40/1
18 F7-3633
Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 28
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:Maurice Linehan
  • Form: F7-3633
  • Age: 11
  • Weight: 10-0t
  • OR: 136
  • Naps:
11 140 10-0 t Jonjo O'Neill Maurice Linehan (7) 136 33/1
19 26/9-923
Black and Yellow quartered, Black sleeves, Emerald Green seams, Yellow cap, Black star Questions Answered (IRE) 34
  • T:E McNamara
  • J:Aidan Coleman
  • Form: 26/9-923
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-0
  • OR: 130
  • Naps:
7 140 10-0 E McNamara Aidan Coleman 130 25/1
20 3P0F-39
Red, White star and armlets Gilbarry (IRE) 28
  • T:Jonjo O'Neill
  • J:R P Mclernon
  • Form: 3P0F-39
  • Age: 7
  • Weight: 10-0
  • OR: 127
  • Naps:
7 140 10-0 Jonjo O'Neill R P Mclernon 127 66/1

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Naps Odds
8 3/1F32P-
Tanks For That (IRE) 219
  • Nag Me
  • Course Winner
  • T:N J Henderson
  • J:Non Runner
  • Form: 3/1F32P-
  • Age: 9
  • Weight: 11-4
  • OR: 155
  • Naps:
9 114 N J Henderson Non Runner 155 NR
14 3U047-0
Divers (FR) 28
  • Nag Me
  • Course and Distance Winner
  • T:Ferdy Murphy
  • J:Timmy Murphy
  • Form: 3U047-0
  • Age: 8
  • Weight: 10-1
  • OR: 138
  • Naps:
8 101 Ferdy Murphy Timmy Murphy 138 NR

Race History

Race History
Year Draw Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey SP
2011   Great Endeavour (IRE)
  • T:D Pipe
  • J:Timmy Murphy
7 10-3 D Pipe Timmy Murphy 8/1
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In depth

Verdict

The usual high-quality renewal with the likelihood that many of these will be plying their trade outside of handicap company for the most part this term. GRANDS CRUS is not likely to offer too much in the way of value but he remains the most likely winner on the best of his form last term when developing into a most imposing novice chaser. He did disappoint rather at the Festival meeting but other efforts were right out of the top drawer and the family has enjoyed a terrific record in this race down the years. David Pipe seems certain to have him primed for this first assignment of the new campaign. For those seeking a value each-way alternative, Triolo D'Alene makes plenty of appeal off his featherweight with Barry Geraghty booked. He was also below par at the Festival back in March but has been given a lengthy break by the Henderson team and looks to have been prepared with this contest in mind. It is obviously impossible to ignore the claims of last season's most improved horse in training, Hunt Ball, whilst Al Ferof, despite his fair share of weight, looks sure to improve again this term and is the choice of Ruby Walsh from the Nicholls trio.

Formwatch

Tanks For That (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 3 out, weakened next, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Edgardo Sol (11-0) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr, 13 ran.

Divers (FR) 22-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, hit 8th and ridden along, well behind 11th, tailed off, 17th of 20, well behind Nadiya De La Vega (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Oct.

Al Ferof (FR) 6-5fav (11-4) Led after 1st, headed after 8th, led again 11th, ridden and headed when not fluent 3 out, well held by leading pair after next, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Menorah (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) gs in Apr.

Walkon (FR) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway before 19th, weakened before 22nd, pulled up before next, in a race won by Merigo (10-2) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 24 ran.

Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 10-1 (11-2) Always prominent, challenged 2 out, edged left and led flat, ran on well, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Oct beating Easter Meteor (10-9) by 2 1/2l, 20 ran.

Casey Top (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Led early, headed from 3rd, remained prominent, moderate 3rd approaching 4 out, soon no extra, tailed off, 11th of 18, well behind Faltering Fullback (9-12) at Listowel 3m hcp chs hvy in Sep.

Questions Answered (IRE) 5-1fav (10-11) Mid-division, headway into 6th 4 out, ridden into 3rd entering straight, challenged 2 out, no impression winner and disputed 2nd before last, 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Raz De Maree (10-4) at Limerick 3m hcp chs sft in Oct.

Aerial (FR) 15-8 (11-3) With leader from 1st, hit 4th, led 13th, headed narrowly after 3 out, stayed with every chance until no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Hector's Choice (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G2 (1) gs in Apr.

Poquelin (FR) 20-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, steady headway from 15th, chased leaders bypasing omitted 2 out, soon ridden, disputing well held 3rd before last, not fluent last, no extra in 4th flat, 4th of 14, 16l behind Roberto Goldback (10-10) at Ascot 3m Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs.

Calgary Bay (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Mid-division on outside, switched inside and headway 16th (water), lost place 21st (bechers brook), behind when blundered 3 out, 14th of 40, well behind Neptune Collonges (11-6) at Aintree 4m 4f Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (7yo+) (1) gd in Apr.

Hunt Ball (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, hit 12th, went 2nd 14th, ridden and outpaced 2 out, 4 lengths down last, soon lost 2nd, kept on flat, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Follow The Plan (11-7) at Aintree 3m 1f Grade 1 chs (1) gs in Apr.

Grands Crus (FR) 6-5fav (11-4) Held up in last trio in touch, steady headway to track leaders 16th, challenged between rivals 3 out, outpaced before next, soon ridden, one pace approaching last, no impression when lost 3rd flat, 4th of 9, 18l behind Bobs Worth (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.

Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Waited with, slight mistake 9th, closer in 5th 4 out, soon struggling, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 27l behind China Rock (11-10) at Punchestown 3m 1f chs G1 (1) hvy in Apr.

Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, ridden in 4th entering straight, went 2nd after 2 out, no impression on winner from last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Sizing Europe (11-10) at Gowran Park 2m 4f chs G2 (1) gd in Oct.

Micheal Flips (IRE) 4-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, pushed along and blundered 3 out, weakened soon after, 5th of 12, 9l behind Gus Macrae (9-12) at Ascot 2m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs.

The Disengager (IRE) 17-2 (11-0) Made all, pressed last, held on well towards finish, driven out, won at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Sep beating Bobowen (10-10) by 3/4l, 16 ran.

Triolo D'alene (FR) 9-2fav (11-0) Chased leaders, closed from 7th, led 3 out, soon ridden and hung right, headed 2 out, no impression and stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 15, 8l behind Zitenka (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in May.

Kingsmere 16-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, went 2nd after next, led after 3 out, pressed when fell 2 out, in a race won by Carlito Brigante (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs (2) gs in Oct, 7 ran.

Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 28-1 (10-7) Led until 2nd, tracked leader, led 3 out, headed before next, switched right flat, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 20, 6l behind Nadiya De La Vega (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Oct.

Gilbarry (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, never on terms, no impression 3 out, 9th of 20, 29l behind Nadiya De La Vega (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Oct.