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

14:35 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 2 Al Ferof (FR) P F Nicholls 7 11-8 R Walsh 8/1
SP 8/1 Took keen hold in touch, headway to chase leaders 9th, went 2nd 4 out, challenged on bit 3 out, soon led, ridden and stayed on strongly run-in opened 9/1 £10000-£1000(x3)
2nd 3 12 Walkon (FR) A King 7 10-6 R Thornton 7/1
SP 7/1 In touch, headway approaching 3 out, chased winner before next and every chance, held last, no extra run-in, stayed on for clear 2nd opened 8/1 £2400-£300
3rd 12 10 Nadiya De La Vega (FR) N J Henderson 6 10-8 A P McCoy 12/1
SP 12/1 Chased leaders, ridden and every chance 3 out, driven and one pace before 2 out, went 3rd before mistake last, £12000-£1000
4th 6 17 Casey Top (IRE) L Whitmore 9 10-0 t M A Enright (5) 40/1
SP 40/1 Led, not fluent and headed 3 out, chased winner until approaching 2 out, no extra in 4th before last opened 33/1
5th 19 Questions Answered (IRE) E McNamara 7 10-0 Aidan Coleman 25/1
SP 25/1 Towards rear, blundered 11th, staying on when hit 3 out, went modest 5th 2 out
6th 31 7 Aerial (FR) P F Nicholls 6 11-4 D A Jacob 25/1
SP 25/1 Mid-division on outside, headway to chase leaders 11th, weakened 4 out, tailed off
PU 3 Calgary Bay (IRE) M R Channon 9 11-7 D Elsworth 16/1
SP 16/1 Held up and behind, slightly hampered 8th, tailed off 10th, pulled up soon after opened 20/1
PU 18 Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 11 10-0 t Maurice Linehan (7) 33/1
SP 33/1 Chased leaders, weakened soon after 4 out, behind and pulled up before 2 out
PU 9 Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) T Cooper 10 10-13 P J Brennan 20/1
SP 20/1 Behind, blundered 9th and 11th, tailed off and pulled up 4 out
PU 5 Grands Crus (FR) D Pipe 7 11-6 t T Scudamore 7/4f
SP 7/4f Held up in rear, steady headway 12th, chased leaders 3 out, ridden and weakening when pulled up approaching next opened 2/1 £9000-£4000 £4500-£2000(x3) £3600-£1600(x2) £1125-£500 £900-£400 £844-£375 £675-£300 £10000-£5000 £8000-£4000 £6000-£3000 £3000-£1500 £2000-£1000 £3750-£2000 £1000-£500 £525-£300
PU 4 Hunt Ball (IRE) K Burke 7 11-6 Nick Scholfield 9/1
SP 9/1 Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 9th, weakened under pressure after 4 out, pulled up before 2 out opened 8/1 £8000-£1000 £5000-£550(x2) £3200-£400
PU 16 Kingsmere H D Daly 7 10-0 S Twiston-Davies 25/1
SP 25/1 Chased leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, behind and pulled up before next
PU 11 Micheal Flips (IRE) Andrew Turnell 8 10-8 B Hughes 20/1
SP 20/1 Towards rear, slightly hampered 8th, no chance when blundered badly 3 out, pulled up before next
PU 1 Poquelin (FR) P F Nicholls 9 11-12 Harry Derham (7) 33/1
SP 33/1 Held up towards rear, awkward and screwed 11th, tailed off next, pulled up 4 out
PU 6 Quantitativeeasing (IRE) N J Henderson 7 11-4 A Tinkler 20/1
SP 20/1 Behind, ridden and struggling after 8th, blundered next, tailed off and pulled up soon after
PU 13 The Disengager (IRE) P J Hobbs 8 10-4 R Johnson 40/1
SP 40/1 Chased leader, mistake 3rd, hit 9th, lost 2nd 4 out, chased leaders until blundered and weakened next, pulled up before 2 out
PU 15 Triolo D'alene (FR) N J Henderson 5 10-1 B J Geraghty 12/1
SP 12/1 Towards rear, effort 10th, weakened before 12th, tailed off and eased 4 out, pulled up before 2 out £4200-£300
F 20 Gilbarry (IRE) Jonjo O'Neill 7 10-0 R P Mclernon 66/1
SP 66/1 In mid-division until blundered and fell 8th opened 100/1
NR 8 Tanks For That (IRE) N J Henderson 9 11-4 Non Runner
NR 14 Divers (FR) Ferdy Murphy 8 10-1 Timmy Murphy

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £9.10 Tote Place £2.70 £2.30 £2.50 £7.30 Straight Forecast £57.71 Exacta £68.20 Trifecta £1,137.30 Swingers 1&2 £20.10, 2&3 £30.80, 1&3 £21.20

Jackpot £65,769.68 carried forward to Cheltenham, 18th Nov
Placepot £195.70, Pool: £292363.75, 1090.31 winning tickets
Quadpot £146.60, Pool: £13920.41, 70.22 winning tickets

Analysis

If Ruby Walsh had any doubts as to whether AL FEROF would benefit from the step up in trip, he certainly showed no fear in the ride he gave the winner. Keeping him wide and handy throughout, his partner settled perfectly despite seeing plenty of daylight and skipped over the fences while others began to blunder away their chances. Turning for home it seemed that there were still half a dozen in with a chance, but Walsh had kept something up his sleeve and the winner was comfortably able to deal with the challenge of the admirable Walkon after the final fence. It's all too easy to be clever after the event but on pedigree Al Ferof might well have been crying out for this greater test. His sire Dom Alco produces very few horses who don't appreciate three miles and beyond. As such the move up to three miles and next month's King George VI Chase looks entirely justifiable. He was winning here off a mark of 159 and a rise of 8-10lb will make his life very hard in handicap company in any case. Walkon joined Al Ferof at the second last but was unable to match his effort from that point. It was a hugely-creditable performance and he will surely get back on the winning trail soon. Nadiya De La Vega was right in the firing line two out but just faltered in the closing stages. She has gone best fresh in the past and could be the sort who has a quiet time in the depths of winter before returning for a crack at a decent prize in the spring. Casey Top relished being able to adopt his usual frontrunning role and earns full marks for effort. Quicker ground might have helped. Only six finished and that tells its own story about the influence that a relatively small amount of overnight rain ultimately had on the ground. Grands Crus was reported by Tom Scudamore to have never been travelling but he was still in the perfect spot to challenge three out before dropping away. He is worth another chance and might maybe prefer being able to dominate his races. Hunt Ball was under pressure before three out and disappointed, but The Disengager deserves credit for his performance as he was right there on ground that was far more testing than he appreciates before tiring after three out.