15:05 Cheltenham

Friday 19 March 2021

All13:2013:5514:3015:0515:4016:1516:50
  • WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race)
  • Class 1  |   3m 2f 70y  |   Good to Soft (Good in places)  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 15:05  |   Winning time: 6m 45.35s
1st
9
9/1
T: H De BromheadJ: J W Kennedy
Chased leaders, closed to dispute 2nd from 16th, going strongly 3 out, soon led, 2 lengths ahead last, stayed on well, ridden out op 8/1 tchd 10/1
2nd
1 ¼
2
10/3
T: H De BromheadJ: Rachael Blackmore
Held up towards rear, steady headway from 13th, mistake 16th, checked and taken back slightly before 3 out, went close 2nd final bend, 2 lengths down 2 out, stayed on well but able to get back to winner op 3/1
3rd
4 ¼
1
9/4f
T: W P MullinsJ: P Townend
Held up in mid-division, not fluent 1st, headway from 11th, not fluent 17th, hit 4 out, held in pocket bend before 2 out, soon went 3rd but unable to go with front pair, held after, stayed on op 5/2
4th
24
10
12/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R Johnson
Pushed away from start, chased leaders on inside, driven 13th, lost place before 15th, well held from 4 out, plugged on to take 4th flat
5th
4 ¼
6
911-10
16/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Bryony Frost
Led, ridden and headed after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, lost 4th flat
6th
15
11
14/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Behind, hit 2nd, not fluent 6th, mistake 9th, switched to outside before 13th, mistake 15th, hit 18th, struggling 4 out, never any chance
7th
3
4
1011-10
125/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: T Scudamore
Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 4th, weakened after 3 out tchd 150/1
8th
½
3
1111-10
150/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: D A Jacob
Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, mistake and well beaten 4 out tchd 200/1
9th
33
7
911-10
16/1
T: W P MullinsJ: D E Mullins
Chased leader, mistake 3rd, lost 2nd after next, stayed prominent, mistake 8th, lost place before 4 out, soon behind, tailed off tchd 18/1

Also Ran

PU
5
911-10
13/2
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
Towards rear on inside, slow and pecked 1st, not fluent 3rd, slow 4th, jumped left and hit brush upright 5th, mistake 6th, pulled up before 7th tchd 11/2
PU
8
40/1
T: C L TizzardJ: R M Power
Mid-division on inside, lost place approaching 14th, well beaten from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out tchd 33/1
PU
12
911-10
12/1
T: N J HendersonJ: Aidan Coleman
Rousted away from start, soon mid-division, bad mistake and lost place 7th, last, struggling and behind 9th, pulled up after 12th op 11/1

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Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£9.70Pl:£2.50, £1.50, £1.40EX:£31.30Trifecta:£111.00Tricast:£91.54SF:£39.15Swingers:£4.90, £5.30, £2.30

Forecasts

Al Boum Photo (9/4), A Plus Tard (10/3), Champ (13/2), Minella Indo (9/1), Native River (12/1), Santini (12/1), Royale Pagaille (14/1), Frodon (16/1), Kemboy (16/1), Lostintranslation (40/1), Black Op (125/1), Aso (150/1)

Verdict

NATIVE RIVER's victory at Sandown last month was a joy to behold and a repeat of that effort will see him go close. He looks cracking value at double-figure odds at time of writing and is taken to emulate the great Kauto Star and regain the crown 3 years on from his first victory. 2019 and 2020 winner Al Boum Photo seems sure to go well in his hat-trick bid. A Plus Tard is also a big player.

  1. NATIVE RIVER (IRE)
  2. AL BOUM PHOTO (FR)
  3. A PLUS TARD (FR)

Previous Winners

2020
Al Boum Photo
Weight: 11-10  |Age: 8
10/3

Prize Money

1st: £263,766.002nd: £99,375.003rd: £49,734.004th: £24,844.005th: £12,469.006th: £6,234.007th: £3,094.008th: £1,594.00
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