Hennessy Gold Cup Chase (handicap) (grade 3) 3m 2f 110y

  • (4yo+, 3m 2f 110y, Class 1, 18 runners)
  • Winner £99,768 2nd £37,432 3rd £18,742 4th £9,345 5th £4,690 6th £2,345
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 28.20s
  • Off time: 15:08:11

Full Result

15:05 Newbury
Pos Dist Horse Trainer Age Weight Jockey SP
1st 10 Diamond Harry Nick Williams 7 10-0 D A Jacob 11/2
SP 11/2 Took keen hold, chased leader until 11th(water), went 2nd again 16th, led narrowly 17th, soon joined, hit 4 out, ridden 2 out, stayed on very gamely under pressure flat opened 7/1 £2100-£300 £5000-£800
2nd 12 Burton Port (IRE) N J Henderson 6 10-0 (+1) B J Geraghty 15/2
SP 15/2 Held up in mid-division, steady headway 16th, disputing 4th when blundered 17th, chased leading pair 3 out, stayed on to chase winner from soon after 2 out, driven and stayed on flat, always held opened 7/1 £3750-£500 £3500-£500
3rd 14 1 Denman (IRE) P F Nicholls 10 11-12 S Thomas 4/1f
SP 4/1f Held up well in touch in 5th, chased leading pair 16th, 2nd and challenged next, stayed upsides and every chance until not fluent 2 out, lost 2nd soon after, no extra in 3rd before last opened 9/2 £5000-£1000(x2) £2500-£500 £4500-£1000 £4000-£1000 £2000-£500 £2000-£500
4th ½ 9 The Tother One (IRE) P F Nicholls 9 10-0 Ryan Mahon (5) 28/1
SP 28/1 Not fluent 1st, blundered 2nd, raced in mid-division, ridden along 12th, lost place and towards rear 16th, hit 17th, stayed on from 2 out, kept on well flat to close on 3rd close home opened 33/1
5th ¾ 16 Niche Market (IRE) P F Nicholls 9 10-0 Ian Popham (5) 40/1
SP 40/1 Chased leading pair, pushed along in 4th after 17th, stayed don same pace from 3 out
6th 8 Carruthers M Bradstock 7 10-0 Matthew Batchelor 14/1
SP 14/1 Chased leaders, blundered 2nd and 7th, went 2nd 11th (water) until 16th, close up and hit 17th, stayed on same pace and no chance with leaders from next opened 16/1
7th 3 Taranis (FR) P F Nicholls 9 10-4 t Nick Scholfield 14/1
SP 14/1 Mid-division, pushed along in 6th one pace and no chance with leaders from 3 out opened 12/1
8th 18 11 Weird Al (IRE) Ian Williams 7 10-0 P J Brennan 6/1
SP 6/1 Towards rear, headway approaching 17th, never reached leaders and no impression from next, tailed off, mistake last opened 13/2 £14000-£2000 £6500-£1000 £3000-£500
9th 13 19 Hills Of Aran W K Goldsworthy 8 10-0 J E Moore 100/1
SP 100/1 Mistake 2nd, always behind, tailed off
10th dist 6 Silver By Nature Miss Lucinda V Russell 8 10-0 P Buchanan 25/1
SP 25/1 Blunderd 1st, always in rear, hampered 4th, pecked 10th, tailed off from 15th
PU 7 Barbers Shop N J Henderson 8 10-0 b1 A Tinkler 40/1
SP 40/1 Never really travelled in rear, ridden and struggling 16th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up soon after
PU 13 Dream Alliance P J Hobbs 9 10-0 p Giles Hawkins (5) 66/1
SP 66/1 Towards rear, tailed off when went right 14th, pulled up after next
PU 17 Pandorama (IRE) N Meade 7 10-0 P Carberry 8/1
SP 8/1 Mistakes in rear, hampered 4th, tailed off and pulled up before 7th £9000-£1000 £4000-£500
PU 18 Razor Royale (IRE) N A Twiston-Davies 8 10-0 S Twiston-Davies (3) 40/1
SP 40/1 Behind, tailed off and struggling when blundered 4 out, pulled up soon after opened 50/1
F 14 Big Fella Thanks Ferdy Murphy 8 10-0 G Lee 14/1
SP 14/1 Behind until fell 3rd opened 16/1
F 15 Hey Big Spender (IRE) C L Tizzard 7 10-0 Aidan Coleman 25/1
SP 25/1 Led and tended to jump right, mistake and headed 17th, stayed in 3rd until weakened soon after 3 out, fell last
F 5 Madison Du Berlais (FR) D Pipe 9 10-1 p T Scudamore 16/1
SP 16/1 Took keen hold, in touch when fell 4th
BD 2 Neptune Collonges (FR) P F Nicholls 9 10-8 A P McCoy 14/1
SP 14/1 Held up towards rear until brought down 4th £5000-£350
NR 4 China Rock (IRE) M F Morris 7 10-4 Non Runner

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win £7.20 Tote Place £2.00 £2.60 £1.40 £6.10 Straight Forecast £48.48 Exacta £44.40 Trifecta £483.20 Swingers 1&2 £10.30, 2&3 £10.50, 1&3 £8.50

Jackpot £15,041.40, Pool: £21185.17, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot £69.40, Pool: £185372.73, 1947.38 winning tickets
Quadpot £18.30, Pool: £13598.75, 547.05 winning tickets

Analysis

An excellent renewal of this prestigious handicap saw an exciting finish and some top-class performances. DIAMOND HARRY had been pulled up in the RSA Chase, the only time that he had finished outside the first three in his career, but Nick Williams felt that they had made a mistake in delaying his first run over fences until January; his handler also reported that he had strengthened up and filled out during the summer. His only defeat in five runs at this track came at the hands of Big Buck's last December (the race that had delayed the start of his chasing career) and he has always been held in the highest regard. His jumping came unstuck at Cheltenham in March and that was a concern in a strongly run race but he put in an excellent display of fencing with his only semblance of a mistake coming at the last. He raced more prominently than might have been expected in a race run at a true gallop (the only contest of the meeting to be run in a time faster than standard) and yet still appeared to be on the bridle at the last and he found enough for pressure when challenged by Burton Port who never looked like getting past. The year younger (and much smaller) Burton Port produced a terrific terrier-like performance to go down fighting. He had surprised connections with his progress last season and the RSA Chase runner-up didn't let them down with a terrific run; his team may feel that they were a little unfortunate as he breasted the cross-fence and lost his position before turning for home. Denman moved strongly into contention and matched strides in the straight but was headed when making a tired mistake at the second last. This was a huge performance attempting to concede 26lbs to two of the best novices of last season and he will reportedly be put away now in preparation for a fourth crack at the Gold Cup. The Tother One ran an extraordinary race as the quirky performer was hard at work through much of the race having made a bad mistake at the second and was far from fluent at a number of his fences. He was racing in about eleventh turning into the straight but made up a huge amount of ground to snatch fourth from Niche Market who was having his second start for Paul Nicholls. Formerly with Bob Buckler, he has run some of his best races at Newbury but has the Grand National as his ultimate aim this season and connections will be delighted with this performance. Hey Big Spender was in trouble on the turn for home having set the gallop after the early departure of Madison Du Berlais who brought down Neptune Collonges and gave the grey no chance of staying on his feet. Pandorama was hampered by that pair, made a bad mistake at the next and was soon pulled up; it wouldn't be a surprise to learn that he knocked himself in the incident and he is worth another chance. Carruthers was never far from the firing line and ran well enough although a couple of mistakes didn't help his cause. Weird Al was given every chance to work his way into the race but couldn't go on when moving up to the back of the main group and was never in contention; this was his first run in a field larger than six over fences and he should learn from the experience. Taranis has proved difficult to train and ran just once last season; he travelled strongly into the straight before getting tired and should come on for the run. Razor Royale didn't look to get home over slightly further at Cheltenham last time but had run well until his stamina gave way; he was given a positive ride and was at the back of the leading group turning into the straight. He can pick up another good prize when dropped in trip.