Vote A.P. Gold Cup (Grade 3 Handicap Chase) 2m 5f

  • (4yo+, 2m 5f, Class 1, 16 runners)
  • Winner £85,515 2nd £32,085 3rd £16,065 4th £8,010 5th £4,020 6th £2,010
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 5m 10.10s
  • Off time: 14:30:11

Full Result

14:30 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 1 Poquelin (FR) P F Nicholls 7 11-12 Ian Popham (5) 16/1
SP 16/1 Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, led next, ridden and hard pressed last, held on well under pressure flat
2nd 1 11 Great Endeavour (IRE) D Pipe 6 10-5 Timmy Murphy 13/2
SP 13/2 In touch, ridden to chase leaders 3 out, challenged next, kept on and every chance flat, held towards finish opened 8/1
3rd 6 12 Sunnyhillboy (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 7 10-2 R P Mclernon (3) 9/1
SP 9/1 Behind, headway into mid-division 12th, outpaced when hampered 3 out, kept on under pressure from next, went 3rd towards finish, no chance with front pair
4th ½ 10 Calgary Bay (IRE) Miss H C Knight 7 10-6 p Hadden Frost 16/1
SP 16/1 In touch on inside, effort 3 out, ridden next, chased leading pair approaching last, no impression flat, lost 3rd towards finish
5th 11 3 Little Josh (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 8 11-4 S Twiston-Davies (3) 13/2
SP 13/2 Led, driven after 3 out, mistake and headed next, soon ridden and one pace, weakened last opened 7/1
6th 6 2 Mad Max (IRE) N J Henderson 8 11-6 P Carberry 10/1
SP 10/1 Tracked leader, driven 3 out, lost place before next, weakening when blundered last opened 12/1
7th 9 16 Pigeon Island N A Twiston-Davies 7 10-0 b P J Brennan 33/1
SP 33/1 Mid-division, hit 9th, soon under pressure, no impression when hampered 3 out
8th 7 7 Northern Alliance (IRE) A J Martin 9 10-10 A P Heskin (5) 20/1
SP 20/1 In touch, under pressure when badly hampered 3 out, not recover and soon weakened
9th 5 Robinson Collonges (FR) P F Nicholls 5 10-11 N Fehily 15/2
SP 15/2 Towards rear of mid-division, pecked 5th, headway and in touch 5 out, outpaced when blundered 3 out, soon weakened opened 6/1
10th 23 15 Matuhi D Pipe 7 10-0 t T Scudamore 12/1
SP 12/1 Chased leaders, outpaced 4 out, behind when hampered next, tailed off
11th 8 Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) T J Taaffe 9 10-10 t A P McCoy 25/1
SP 25/1 Held up, always behind, tailed off 3 out
12th 6 Dave's Dream (IRE) N J Henderson 7 10-11 B J Geraghty 5/1f
SP 5/1f Mid-division on outside, reminders from 4th, lost place 10th, soon behind, tailed off opened 11/2 £3000-£500 £1800-£400
PU 14 Duers (IRE) P Magnier 8 10-0 p A E Lynch 66/1
SP 66/1 Always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
PU 13 Gonebeyondrecall (IRE) N F Glynn 7 10-0 v1 Paul Moloney 50/1
SP 50/1 Mid-division, lost place 5 out, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before next
PU 4 Psycho (IRE) A J Martin 9 11-1 D N Russell 10/1
SP 10/1 Mid-division, mistake 8th(water), not jump well after, lost place 10th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out opened 9/1
F 9 Noble Alan (GER) N G Richards 7 10-6 Brian Harding 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up towards rear, steady headway 11th, diputed close up 4th and every chance when fell 3 out

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £20.70 Tote Place £3.80 £1.80 £2.50 £3.50 Straight Forecast £114.92 Exacta £166.30 Trifecta £1,245.80 Swingers 1&2 £40.80, 2&3 £20.40, 1&3 £67.80

Jackpot £3,033.90, Pool: £14956.06, 3.5 winning tickets
Placepot £43.90, Pool: £225954.6, 3753.16 winning tickets
Quadpot £14.60, Pool: £15397.45, 779.7 winning tickets

Analysis

POQUELIN posted back-to-back successes in this race despite the small matter of having to repeat the dose off a 12lb higher handicap mark this time around. Paul Nicholls has put down much of the repeat as being down to the horse's ability to act around the New course at Cheltenham but his conditional rider gave him the perfect ride - racing handily at all times and holding off Great Endeavour (who was in receipt of 16lbs) as they raced up the hill to the line. The trainer is likely to put him away until the Ryanair Chase at the Festival. The form of this race seems to have a very solid look to it as the second was well fancied for the Paddy Power Gold Cup. As expected, he had come on for that run and whilst requiring plenty of encouragement from Timmy Murphy, he is only a six-year-old and he looks open to further improvement still. Sunnyhillboy appeared to be going nowhere with five to jump though he stayed relentlessly up the hill to be third. Although a winner over two miles, he could be worth a try over further and it would be no surprise to see the owners having staying chases on their mind for the future. Calgary Bay proved his Bangor defeat all wrong and though he never threatened to win the race, he appeared much happier over this trip and is worth another try. Little Josh was not gifted an easy time at the front but he ran with credit. A mistake at the second last did for him and his finishing position reflected that accordingly. Mad Max attempted to mix it with the leaders throughout but the combination of a heavy weight and the trip proved to be too much to bear. Pigeon Island was 5lb out of the handicap and were he not hampered three out, this course specialist may have finished closer. Robinson Collonges travelled as well as anything during the majority of the contest. Two pecks on landing did not help his cause and the second of those, at the third last, caused him to lose all momentum. Noble Alan deoarted at the same fence and he has to go down as somewhat unfortunate. Nursed around at the rear of the field in the early stages, he was making significant headway at the time and looked likely to be taking a hand in proceedings. Dave's Dream never travelled at any stage while morning gamble, Psycho, made too many mistakes to get competitive.