13:55 Cheltenham

Saturday 15 December 2018

All12:1012:4513:2013:5514:3015:0515:40

    Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

  • 4YO plus  |   Class 1  |   2m 4f 127y  |   Good  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 13:55  |   Winning time: 5m 12.1s
1st
Horse silk
1
611-12
7/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Bryony Frost
Led until 8th, led 10th, headed 12th, led again 13th, 3 lengths clear flat, ridden out op 15/2
2nd
Horse silk
1 ¼
7
610-5
12/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Chased leaders, hit 4 out, went 2nd after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, 3 lengths down and held flat, stayed on towards finish op 11/1
3rd
Horse silk
15
15
13/2
T: N G RichardsJ: R D Day
Prominent on outside, lost place 3rd, headway after 11th, pushed along before 13th, one pace and beaten before 2 out, went 3rd last, kept on op 9/1
4th
Horse silk
2 ¼
2
5/1
T: G L MooreJ: J E Moore
Pressed winner, not fluent 7th, led 8th until 10th, led 12th, mistake and headed next, lost 2nd after 3 out, one pace from next, lost 3rd last
5th
Horse silk
3 ¼
3
710-11
7/2f
T: N J HendersonJ: J McGrath
Mid-division, ridden and no impression from 4 out, never on terms with leaders
6th
Horse silk
¾
6
12/1
T: R WalfordJ: James Best
Chased leaders, mistake 4 out, ridden after 3 out, 4th and no extra before 2 out tchd 11/1
7th
Horse silk
5
14
14/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Held up towards rear, headway 13th, never in contention, well beaten from 3 out
8th
Horse silk
½
10
20/1
T: Dr R D P NewlandJ: Charlie Hammond (5)
Mid-division, not fluent 8th, ridden and effort after 11th, mistake 13th, mistake 4 out, weakened before next
9th
Horse silk
3 ¾
8
14/1
T: N J HendersonJ: N de Boinville
Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, struggling 12th, no impression after tchd 16/1
10th
Horse silk
¾
4
7/1
T: P J HobbsJ: R Johnson
Not always fluent, held up in rear, well beaten from 13th op 8/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
5
20/1
T: D SkeltonJ: Harry Skelton
Soon towards rear, not fluent 9th (water), ridden and behind 10th, pulled up before 4 out
PU
Horse silk
13
12/1
T: P F NichollsJ: S Bowen
Slowly away, in rear, mistake 8th, well beaten from 12th, pulled up before 4 out

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Non-Runners

9
Horse silk
Full Glass21
Weight: 10-4|  Age: 5
T: A King  J: D A Jacob
WD
12
Horse silk
Casse Tete22
Weight: 10-0|  Age: 6
T: G L Moore  J: Joshua Moore
NR
11
Horse silk
Splash of Ginge28
Weight: 10-1|  Age: 10
T: N A Twiston-Davies  J: Jamie Bargary
WD

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£7.50Pl:£2.40, £3.70, £2.20EX:£127.50Trifecta:£1,401.10Tricast:£577.25SF:£90.17Swingers:£24.50, £11.60, £22.20

Forecasts

Rather Be (7/2), Baron Alco (5/1), Guitar Pete (13/2), Frodon (7/1), War Sound (7/1), Cepage (12/1), Mr Medic (12/1), Romain De Senam (12/1), Foxtail Hill (14/1), Casablanca Mix (14/1), Full Glass (14/1), Catamaran Du Seuil (20/1), Cobra De Mai (20/1), Splash of Ginge (20/1), Casse Tete (33/1)

Verdict

A fiercely-competitive chase in which Baron Alco bids to confirm BetVictor Gold Cup form with Frodon and Guitar Pete on worse terms. All three can handle the hurly-burly of these contests so it would be no surprise to see them in the firing line again. Rather Be was going well when brought down in that contest and will be well fancied to put the record straight, but there is little mileage in his current price and it may pay to take a chance with FOXTAIL HILL, who boasts good form at this venue and looks overpriced at around 16-1. War Sound won in style at Aintree and can get involved, while cases can also be made for Mr Medic, Full Glass and Cepage.
  1. Foxtail Hill
  2. War Sound
  3. Rather Be

Previous Winners

2017
Guitar Pete
Weight: 10-5  |Age: 7
9/1

Prize Money

1st: £74,035.002nd: £27,781.003rd: £13,910.004th: £6,929.005th: £3,484.006th: £1,742.00

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