15:30 Cheltenham

Friday 15 March 2019

All13:3014:1014:5015:3016:1016:5017:30

Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)

Class 1  |   3m 2f 70y  |   Good to Soft  |   16 Runners  |   Turf

Weighed In

Off time: 15:30  |   Winning time: 6m 39.06s

1st
1
12/1
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Held up in rear, steady headway from 8th, hampered 10th, not fluent 13th, close 3rd 19th, not much room bend before 2 out, soon came through to lead, clear from last, stayed on well tchd 14/1
2nd
2 ½
2
22/1
T: A J MartinJ: B J Geraghty
Held up towards rear, headway bypassing normal 3 out, went 3rd last, stayed on well and went 2nd final 100 yards, unable to trouble winner op 20/1 tchd 25/1
3rd
3 ¾
4
18/1
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: D A Jacob
Held up towards rear, closed from 13th, went 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner last, lost 2nd 100 yards out op 20/1 tchd 16/1
4th
3
12
6/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R Johnson
Slow away, headway to chase leaders 3rd, led 11th, headed 15th, led again 16th, headed before 2 out, stayed on but no impression on leaders flat op 13/2, tchd 7/1 in a place
5th
1 ¾
5
5/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Tracked leaders, ridden and unable to go with leaders last, stayed on same pace op 9/2
6th
15
8
20/1
T: C L TizzardJ: T J O'Brien
Tracked leaders, pushed along before 15th, beaten off last bend, weakened between last 2 op 16/1
7th
3 ½
15
911-10
100/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Chased leaders on outside, blundered and lost place 6th, outpaced and struggling from 15th, hampered before 2 out, passed 2 rivals flat
8th
3 ½
13
10/3f
T: P G KellyJ: D N Russell
Held up towards rear on inside, not fluent 3rd, headway after 19th, soon niggled along, ridden and weakened before 2 out op 7/2 tchd 3/1, tchd 4/1 in a place
9th
2 ¾
16
20/1
T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy
Held up in rear, ridden and headway after 19th, weakened before 2 out op 28/1 tchd 33/1

Also Ran

PU
3
911-10
9/1
T: W P MullinsJ: Ruby Walsh
Mid-division, blundered badly and lost place 5th, mistake 7th and 8th, pulled up before 9th op 11/1
BD
6
50/1
T: B EllisonJ: Danny Cook
Prominent, brought down 10th
PU
7
100/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: J J Burke
Held up in mid-division on outside, hampered 10th, lost place before 13th, tailed off 17th, pulled up before next
F
9
33/1
T: W P MullinsJ: Mr P W Mullins
Led until 2nd, led 3rd until 4th, with leader, mistake 5th, fell 10th op 28/1
UR
10
711-10
8/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D J Mullins
Landed awkwardly and unseated rider 1st tchd 9/1
PU
11
1011-10
14/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Prominent, led 2nd, not fluent and headed next, led 4th, headed 11th, led 15th, hit next and headed, bumped on last bend, weakened quickly and pulled up before 2 out tchd 16/1
PU
14
12/1
T: C L TizzardJ: T Scudamore
Mid-division, hampered and lost place 10th, last when stumbled 12th, behind when pulled up before 17th tchd 16/1 in a place

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Betting

Forecast

Presenting Percy (10/3), Clan Des Obeaux (5/1), Native River (6/1), Kemboy (8/1), Bellshill (9/1), Al Boum Photo (12/1), Thistlecrack (12/1), Might Bite (14/1), Bristol De Mai (18/1), Elegant Escape (20/1), Shattered Love (20/1), Anibale Fly (22/1), Invitation Only (33/1), Definitly Red (50/1), Yala Enki (100/1), Double Shuffle (100/1)

Verdict
A fascinating renewal with Willie Mullins trying to win his first Gold Cup (had six seconds) fielding a strong squad headed by KEMBOY and Bellshill. The former really impressed when winning a good trial for this and may be the one to end the trainers luckless run in this. King George winner Clan Des Obeaux holds a few of these on that run but this will be a very different test and it’s not hard to see last year’s winner Native River reversing that form back under conditions that should really suit. Presenting Percy is the enigma of the race having had an “interrupted” preparation while Shattered Love may be the one to outrun her odds off the back of a wind op and a break.
  1. Kemboy
  2. Native River
  3. Shattered Love

Previous Winners

2018
Native River
Weight: 11-10  |Age: 8
Weight: 11-10  |  
Age: 8  |  
J: R Johnson
  |  
T: C L Tizzard
5/1
Prize Money
1st:
£351,688.00
2nd:
£132,500.00
3rd:
£66,312.00
4th:
£33,125.00
5th:
£16,625.00
6th:
£8,312.00
7th:
£4,125.00
8th:
£2,125.00

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