Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup (grade 1) 3m 2f 110y

  • (5yo+, 3m 2f 110y, Class 1, 11 runners)
  • Winner £270,798
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 43.80s
  • Off time: 15:20:33

Full Result

15:20 Cheltenham
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 6 Imperial Commander (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 9 11-10 P J Brennan 7/1
SP 7/1 Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, challenged next, driven to lead before 2 out, ridden and stayed on well flat opened 8/1 £40000-£4800 £16000-£2000 £7500-£1000
2nd 7 5 Denman (IRE) P F Nicholls 10 11-10 A P McCoy 4/1
SP 4/1 Tracked leader, disputed lead 11th, went on 5 out, hard pressed 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, edged right and no extra under pressure flat £7500-£1500 £5000-£1000 £9000-£2000(x2) £9000-£2000 £4500-£1000 £4000-£1000(x2)
3rd 23 8 Mon Mome (FR) Miss V Williams 10 11-10 Aidan Coleman 50/1
SP 50/1 Held up in touch, reminder 16th, outpaced 4 out, stayed on from next, rallied flat to take 3rd near finish, no chance with leading pair opened 66/1
4th s.h 2 Carruthers M Bradstock 7 11-10 Matthew Batchelor 33/1
SP 33/1 Led, joined 11th, not fluent 14th (water), headed 5 out, soon lost place, 4th and outpaced when blundered 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, stayed on under pressure from last, just failed for 3rd opened 40/1 £33000-£1000
5th ¾ 4 Cooldine (IRE) W P Mullins 8 11-10 Paul Townend 10/1
SP 10/1 Tracked leaders, outpaced in 3rd 3 out, soon ridden and no impression with leading pair, kept on same pace, lost 2 places towards finish opened 9/1 £18000-£2000
6th 8 1 Calgary Bay (IRE) Miss H C Knight 7 11-10 G Lee 50/1
SP 50/1 Keen early, held up behind, took closer order 12th, blundered next, outpaced 5 out, left 5th next, no impression from 3 out
7th 12 10 My Will (FR) P F Nicholls 10 11-10 Nick Scholfield 80/1
SP 80/1 Held up behind, struggling 15th, never dangerous opened 100/1 touched 66/1
8th 10 3 Cerium (FR) Paul Murphy 9 11-10 D N Russell 200/1
SP 200/1 Always in rear, struggling from halfway
9th dist 11 Tricky Trickster (IRE) P F Nicholls 7 11-10 B J Geraghty 12/1
SP 12/1 Held up in touch, struggling 24th, soon lost touch, tailed off opened 14/1 £10000-£600 £5000-£300 £10000-£700(x3) £5000-£350(x2)
10th dist 9 Mr Pointment (IRE) Paul Murphy 11 11-10 K Whelan 250/1
SP 250/1 Always behind, tailed off opened 200/1
F 7 Kauto Star (FR) P F Nicholls 10 11-10 t R Walsh 8/11f
SP 8/11f Tracked leaders on inside, blundered and lost place 8th, remained in touch, reminder 15th, disputing close up 4th when fell 4 out opened 4/5 £833-£1000 £16000-£20000 £8000-£10000(x3) £4800-£6000 £4400-£5500 £4000-£5000(x12) £2400-£3000 £2000-£2500(x6) £1600-£2000(x2) £1000-£1250(x2) £800-£1000(x8) £8727-£12000 £8000-£11000(x2) £4000-£5500(x2) £1600-£2200(x6)

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £8.20 Tote Place £1.70 £1.60 £7.90 Straight Forecast £34.81 Exacta £36.60 Trifecta £2,281.20 Swingers 1&2 £3.90, 2&3 £18.80, 1&3 £30.30

Jackpot £387,500.94 carried forward to Uttoxeter, 20th Mar
Placepot £41,288.40, Pool: £938888.56, 16.6 winning tickets
Quadpot £848.40, Pool: £54177.5, 47.25 winning tickets

Analysis

Billed as 'The Decider' between Kauto Star and Denman with the Gold Cup score 1-1, the finish was not quite the one expected but there was drama applenty nonetheless. It started on the first circuit with reigning champion Kauto Star making a shuddering error which Ruby Walsh did well to survive. It knocked them back from a prominent position just off the pace and Walsh had to spend the next few fences getting his mount back on an even keel. Up front, Carruthers and Denman were forcing the issue with IMPERIAL COMMANDER nicely placed just in behind. Kauto managed to work himself back into the contest but his jumping was far from faultless and it was always going to take a toll once the race began in earnest. In fact, he was feeling the pinch approaching four out and he took a pearling fall which he fortunately managed to get up from with Walsh riding him back to unsaddle. Carruthers gave best from three out as the prize was going to be decided between Imperial Commander and Denman. It was clear at the last fence that the former had the upper hand and a decent jump settled things as he powered clear on the run-in. The runner-up had a fair question mark over him going into the race after his Newbury mishap in the Aon Chase but this was a tremendous effort and he just found his year-younger rival too good on the day. Grand National winner Mon Mome emerged from the remaining runners to take third and this looked an excellent trial but fellow Aintree hope Tricky Trickster was a big disappointment and finished well in arrears. Cooldine did better than his finishing place suggested as he was always near the pace while Carruthers may not be the biggest but he is all guts and was unlucky to have third place pinched from his grasp.