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The most prestigious race of the national hunt chase year.



 

The_Race

The Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 Steeplechase.

The Gold Cup is the is the most prestigious steeplechase in the whole calendar and is run for the best steeplechasers over three miles and two and a half furlongs and is the main event of the last day of the Cheltenham festival.

First Run in 1924 as a steeplechase this is the race that all top class chasers are aimed at all season.

The race is open to all horses of the age 5 years and over.

The first race was held on March 12th 1924 and was run over what is now the old course . In 1959 the race changed to the new course over which the race is still run today.

The great steeplechaser Arkle won the race three times in succession in 1964,1965 and 1966. The great Golden miller won the race won the race five times 1932,1933,1934,1935 and 1936. He also won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and The Grand National in the same year in1934.

In 2009 Kauto Star became the first horse to regain The Cheltenham Gold Cup after winning in 2007 loosing in 2008 and winning again in 2009

In 1986 Dawn Run became the only horse to have won The Gold Cup and also The Champion Hurdle which she won in 1984.

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The_2015_Race

Friday March the 13th will be the date when the 2015 renewal of steeplechasing’s blue ribbon event is run.
The 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup Day has the usual past winners, past years nearly horses and also the younger pretenders all trying to gain the ultimate accolade in jump racing circles, being allowed to hold up the Gold trophy and going down in history as the winner of one of the most sought after titles of the year. This year’s race has two previous winners of the race and probably the best of these two is Bobs Worth who will have the most difficult statistic to overcome with only one horse in the 90 year history of the race ever to come back from a defeat in the race to win again and that was Kauto Star who won the race in 2007 and then came on to win in 2009 after being defeated by his stablemate Denman in 2008. Bobs Worth really did have a great year in the 2012/2013 season winning the Hennessy Gold cup in the December of 2012 before winning the Gold Cup. The season before he had also won the RSA Chase at the 2012 festival and also Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle the season before that. He is also a previous winner of the Lexus chase at Leopardstown, another Grade 1 race which often holds pointers to The Gold Cup. If he was to be at his best today then he really would take some beating but having only finished in 5th position last year and looking a little lacklustre in his only start this year a lot has to be taken on trust with the horse.

Lord Windermere was last year's winner comes back again to try and repeat that victory. His season so far has perhaps been a little lacklustre however he is one of those horses that comes to himself this time of year and his best performance in the last two seasons have both been at the Cheltenham Festival. He won the RSA Chase in 2013 and then the Cheltenham Gold cup last season. He has been progressing well this year and I'm sure that his trainer, a Gold cup winning jockey himself, Jim Colloty will have his charge spot on once again for the most important race of the season. Given all these factors he seems an extremely high price for something of a course specialist however as stated earlier dual winners and not common.

Coming back this year to try their hand again will be the favourite, and possibly the best chaser around at the moment Silviniaco Conti. Silviniaco Conti is a consistent reliable chaser who has taken part in this race for the last two years. Last year he was held up and wandered around in the final stages looking like a tired horse and would never have got to the winner that day. In 2013, however it was a totally different scene he was with the leaders and in third place travelling better than any other horse when he fell 3 fences from home. This track is either unlucky for the horse or he doesn't seem to act on it very well. He seems to be better on Park courses and the undulations of Cheltenham to my mind don't seem to suit this horse. That said he could just be one of those horses whose class sees then through to the finish line. His trainer Paul Nicholls has a good record in this race winning it in 1999 with the very classy See More Business, and then winning the 2007, 2008 and 2009 runnings with Kauto Star and Denman. He is sure to have this chaser spot on again for the race and although he is a short priced favourite at the moment he looks to be the one they all have to beat.

Another regular in the race is The Giant Bolster. This is a horse perhaps the reverse of Silviniaco Conti insofar as he seems to save his best run of the season not only for Cheltenham but for this race in particular. He surprised everyone (apart from his trainer) when coming second to the very smart Synchronised in the 2012 race at massive odds of 50/1. Many people thought that was a fluke but he did chase home Silviniaco Conti in the following seasons Denman chase at Newbury when second. He was a much shorter price in the Gold Cup of 2013 and again he excelled himself finishing fourth behind Bobs Worth, Sir Des Champs and Long Run three very good chasers. Last season he was back again and once again put up the best performance of his season coming in third beating the then favourite Bobs Worth and less than one length from the winner. One sometimes gets the feeling that this horse may always be a bridesmaid but if you fancy him you are likely to get a run for your money.

First Lieutenant is another regular to the Cheltenham Festival. He is a Cheltenham Festival winner when in 2011 he won the novice hurdle. Since then he was second in the 2012 Gold cup and in the 2013 Festival he ran in the Ryanair Chase and again finished second. Last season he did not come to the festival but went straight to the Aintree Festival where he ran with credit being placed fourth behind Silviniaco Conti. He is a first-class, generally consistent chaser who may not even go for this race this year but will be one to keep an eye on just in case.

Houblon Des Obeaux was ninth last year and although being a really good horse he does need soft ground or even very soft ground to show his best. Unless conditions suit is unlikely to see this very attractive chaser taking part in the finish, however should the ground come up very soft he could be a leading contender.

Interesting horses that will be trying the race for the first time include two very attractive horses from the very successful owner J.P.McManus. The first Carlingford Lough has been in really good form this season continuing off where he ended last season when winning the Punchestown Festival Champion novice chase. This season he was fifth first time out in the Lexus Chase and was going really well but perhaps after a layoff needed the race. He was very impressive next time out when winning the Hennessy Gold cup at Leopardstown albeit not spectacularly but staying more on in a workmanlike fashion beating Foxrock by three parts of a length. That was a good performance and shows that he has the heart to battle and that is needed in a race like this. Possibly this horse will be ridden by the champion jockey A. P. McCoy in his last season as a jockey. There would be fewer more popular winners. J. P. McManus has a second horse in the race Shuthefrontdoor (Now a NON-Runner), this horse has a very interesting profile at only eight years old he certainly seems to be going the right way. He is consistent and has been well placed by his connections. He is a past Irish Grand National winner which he won last season and this suggests that po ` ssibly the Gold Cup distance will be a little too short for him however his last race over 3 miles at Carlisle saw him win really well and he strung out the field winning with the horses in second and third positions 12 lengths and 11 lengths respectively behind. Of course that was a much lower grade of race and he will have to step up for this race. The champion jockey will also have the option of riding this horse and if he decides to then in no way should this horse be overlooked when making your reckoning.

Trainer Oliver Sherwood has also a real live chance this year with his horse Many Clouds. A horse that has been consistent and making good progress throughout his career. This eight-year-old is unbeaten this season and was a really good winner of the Hennessy Gold cup at Newbury racecourse at the end of November. He stayed on really strongly that day and proved that his improvement was no fluke when he ran extremely well in the Betbright Chase, a Grade 2 at this course and distance in January. Since then he has been strongly fancied by many and we have seen his price tumble on the betting market.

Perhaps one of the best from the Irish angle would be Noel Meade trained Road to Riches. This is another consistent eight your old horse who has been progressing really well and is certainly an interesting runner. He is a past winner of the Grade 1 Lexus Chase which he won back in December. This was a really good performance and he had some smart horses in behind with the Willie Mullins trained On His Own in second, Paul Nicholls Sam Winner in third, and Boston Bob, Carlingford Lough, First Lieutenant and Bobs Worth all in behind. That followed another Grade 1 chase victory in Ireland over some of the same horses namely Boston Bob, First Lieutenant and On His Own who were all in behind again. This horse looks to have a live chance in the race although his only one run away from Ireland was a disappointing one when eighth at the 2013 Aintree Festival in the Sefton novice hurdle.

All in all it certainly looks that this year the race will be a competitive one. Despite Silviniaco Conti being a very hot favourite in the lead up to the race there is little doubt in my mind that this is a more hotly contested event than the early betting market would suggest. It will be interesting to see how the race pans out given that some of the horses will fall by the wayside before the final starting line-up has been confirmed. Recently both Harry Topper and Dynaste have been ruled out of the race after injury setbacks.

Race Conditions: For 5yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including March 7th. Horses which are not qualified a rating in Great Britain, Ireland or France may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including March 7th would merit a minimum rating of 130. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final Weights 5yo 11st 8lb; 6yo+ 11st 10lb Allowances mares 7lb



List_of_runners


NUMBER FORM NAME AGE WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY RATING


1 615-8 Bobs Worth 10 11-10 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 166
10-year-old Bay gelding trained by Nicky Henderson.
Very smart past winner (2013) of this race. Bobs Worth is a first class, top-class chaser. He is a five times winner at Cheltenham with three of those wins being at the Festival. 2011 Albert Bartlett novice hurdle, 2012 the RSA Chase and 2013 the Cheltenham Gold cup. He was the beaten favourite last year when Lord Windermere took the title. Bobs Worth acts on most going but is better on good ground. He is a past winner of the Lexus Chase and the Hennessy Gold cup.
He has only run once this season when finishing well down the field in eighth position in the Lexus Chase which was won by the smart Road to Riches from Noel Meade. He has not looked the force of old in recent seasons but could still retain a lot of ability and is not one to be left out of any reckoning.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles 2 1/2 furlongs.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 4/4: chase 5/10.


2 13244 Boston Bob 10 11-10 W P Mullins Paul Townend 161
A 10-year-old Bay gelding from the Willie Mullins yard.
A past grade 1 winner of the Punchestown Gold cup at Punchestown and the Melling chase at Aintree.
A good horse with some decent form who since his summer break is not quite looked the part and has been slightly disappointing.
Not without a chance but certainly one of the outsiders today.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles 1 furlong.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 4/6: chase for/11.


3 U6-151 Carlingford Lough 9 11-10 John E Kiely A.P.McCoy 166
A nine-year-old Bay gelding trained by John Kiely.
Always ridden by champion jockey A. P. McCoy and will be ridden by him again today. Sure to come in for lots of sentimental bets on the horse but this horse does have a good chance in the race.
He is a multiple Group 1 winner with his latest being a really good win in the Hennessy Gold cup at Leopardstown over 3 miles. That day he had very smart horses in behind like last year's Gold cup winner Lord Windermere, Boston Bob and On His Own.
This horse is only run once outside his native Ireland and that was at last year’s festival when he was sixth in the RSA Chase.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles in 1 furlong.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle for/6: chase for/17.


4 13/111 Coneygree 8 11-10 Mark Bradstock Nico De Boinville 153
8-year-old Bay gelding trained by Mark Bradstock.
Comes year unbeaten this season with his best run his last in the Grade 2 Denman chase at Newbury. This horse was double entered in the RSA Chase but connections have gone for this race because of the forecast for rain as this horse needs soft ground to show his best.
And improving lively candidate for this year's race.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 3/4: chase 3/3.


5 11F-81 Djakadam 6 11-10 W P Mullins R.Walsh 162
A young six-year-old Bay gelding from the Willie Mullins yard.
Really nice horse and a Grade 2 chase winner, he fell last year in the Festival when taking part in the JL T novice chase. Started his season in the Grade 3 Hennessy Gold cup chase at Newbury way finished eighth of 19 but put up much better performance in a handicap chase in Ireland winning by eight lengths.
Will have to improve on what we've seen so far to worry seasoned horses at this level however his connections have been winning a lot of races at Cheltenham this year and it is likely he may go off close to the head of the betting market.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from soft through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 2 miles and 1 furlong.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 2/6: chase 3/5.


NON RUNNER 41111 Don Cossack 8 11-10 Gordon Elliott *
NON-RUNNER?

6 11-3U1 Holywell 8 11-10 Jonjo O´Neill Richie McLernon 163
An eight-year-old Bay gelding from the Jonjo O'Neill yard.
This horse has won twice at the Festival he won the Pertemps final hurdle in 2013 and also won the handicap chase (grade 3) last year.
He also went to the Aintree Festival and won the Grade one Mildmay novice chase in good style.
This season he started in an intermediate chase over 2 miles and 4 furlongs but was unimpressive and in December he ran in a listed chase and seated his rider. However he showed much improvement on his last outing winning over 3 miles and 2 furlongs on good to soft at Kelso racecourse by a very large 25 length margin.
He would have to improve again to win this race but it eight years old will surely have improvement to come and looks like a really lively candidate this year.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles and 2 furlongs.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 2/9: chase 5/10.


7 7P-1F7 Home Farm 8 11-10 Henry De Bromhead D.J.Casey 153
Reasonable eight-year-old Bay gelding from the Henry the Bromhead yard.
A listed winner who looks to have very little chance of worrying these chasers here today.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from yielding through to soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 2 miles and 6 furlongs.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 1/for: chase 2/11.


8 6U-222 Houblon Des Obeaux 8 11-10 Venetia Williams Aiden Coleman 162

An eight-year-old Bay gelding trained by Venetia Williams. *

A grade 2 novice chase winner who has run well this season finding one too many in every one of his three races. He was second in the Hennessy Gold cup, second in the Ascot handicap chase and also second in the Denman chase.
He is a horse that likes soft ground or at least ground on the soft side of good any rain overnight will help this horse's chances.
He will have to improve somewhat to take part in the finish year but in soft ground he could be a lively contender.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 3/18: chase 4/19.


9 61-373 Lord Windermere 9 11-10 J H Culloty Davy Russell 165
Last year's Cheltenham Gold cup hero has not been looking top-class in his three runs so far this season. That perhaps is not so much of a worry with this horse as he did exactly the same thing last year putting up is best performance when winning the Gold cup. He is a two times winner at Cheltenham as in 2013 he won the RSA Chase.
Comes sheer today with every chance of a repeat performance.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles 2 1/2 furlongs.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 3/6: chase 3/13.


10 B4-111 Many Clouds 8 11-10 Oliver Sherwood 165 161
An eight-year-old Brown gelding from the Oliver Sherwood yard.
A Grade 2 winner coming here this year trying to up his game after what has been a fantastic season so far. He was a good winner of a listed race followed by a very good win in the Hennessy Gold at Newbury in November. He then went to Cheltenham's January meeting and looked very good winning a Grade 2 event over 3 miles 1 1/2 furlongs. Looks primed for this race today and is well fancied by connections to go really well.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles to an a half furlongs.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 2/6: chase 5/9.


11 Feb-26 On His Own 11 11-10 W P Mullins Mr.P.W.Mullins 164

A well exposed 11-year-old Bay gelding from the Willie Mullins yard.
A previous winner of a Grade 2 in Fairyhouse, although being a good horse he has not looked up to this grade so far. Difficult to see him improving however he did run a really good race in the Lexus coming second to the smart Road to Riches a repeat of that performance could possibly find him making the frame but is unlikely to have enough class to win this race.


*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles in 1 furlong.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 2/5: chase 5/17.


NON-RUNNER F58P14 River Choice 12 11-10 R Chotard David Cotard 140
Non-Runner?

12 21211 Road To Riches 8 11-10 Noel Meade Bryan Cooper 167
An eight-year-old Bay gelding trained in Ireland by Noel Meade.
This horse is only run one time out of his native Ireland and that was at the 2013 entry Festival where he put up a very poor performance.
Since then however he has seemed to improve with every run and is now a worthy challenger for this event.
He has not been out of the first 2 in any of his five runs this season and on his last two occasions 2 grade 1 chase wins including the Lexus Chase on his last running. Has been put away for this race since then and will come here fit to take his chance. Has a big chance today.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 2/for: chase 5/10.


13 5P-113 Sam Winner 8 11-10 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 162
An 8 Year-old-Bay gelding from the Paul Nicholls yard.
Another of the young pretenders coming year with an improving record.
His first run for the Paul Nicholls yard was in the 2010 triumph hurdle trial which he won in really good style and he came back to Cheltenham a month later in another trial and was equally impressive. However his subsequent five races at Cheltenham proved indifferent until he finally got its act together on the course in 2013 in a novice chase where he was a four length winner.
He has probably had his best season so far this season. He was a winner at Cheltenham's November meeting winning a grade 3 handicap chase beating The Druids Nephew who was a really smart winner of a handicap chase on Tuesday at this Festival.
He then beat the smart Medimit at Aintree before coming third in a Grade 1 Lexus Chase at Leopardstown.
His trainer Paul Nicholls has a great record in this race and this horse is a very good second string who will have the stable jockey on board today.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles and 1 furlong.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 2/11: chase 3/10.


14 41-511 Silviniaco Conti 9 11-10 Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily 174
The nine-year-old chestnut gelding from the Paul Nicholls yard.
This is probably the best chaser in the country at the moment at this championship level. He was an extremely good winner of the Betfred . He is a dual King George chase winner, a race that winners often do extremely well in the Gold Cup.
Perhaps is only chink in his armour is that he has not won at this course previously and his impressive wins have come on Park type courses and the undulations of Cheltenham may not suit.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles in 1 furlong.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 5/7: chase 9/17.


15 112-52 Smad Place 8 11-10 Alan King Wayne Hutchinson 153
A nice 8 year old grey gelding trained by Alan King.
Another progressive horse who was second in last year's RSA Chase. This season he has not looked as good as he did last season with his two runs being a fifth of 19 in the Hennessy Gold Cup and then second in a Grade 2 at the Cheltenham January meeting when he was 1 1/2 lengths behind Many Clouds.
Would have to improve considerably to win this race but his stable has been just about hitting form now with the horses running well and them having a really good win in the Ryanair chase yesterday.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 3 miles.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 3/14: chase 2/6.


16 13-754 The Giant Bolster 10 11-10 David Bridgwater Tom Scudamore 164
A 10-year-old Bay gelding from the David Bridgwater yard.
A nice enough horse this always seems to save his best form for this course and more importantly this race.
He was very smart second in the race in 2012 he was then fourth in 2013 and third last season.
Normally one would not give this horse a chance in this class of race however being the enigma that he is you couldn't possibly write him off and he has a chance of making the frame again with a much improved run.

*Going preference. *Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy.
*Maximum winning distance. *Chase 2 miles while a half furlongs.
*Previous win/run. *Hurdle 1/8: chase for/23.







The_Full_Result


POSITION FORM NAME AGE WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 13/111 Coneygree 8 11-10 Mark Bradstock Nico De Boinville
2 11F-81 Djakadam 6 11-10 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh
3 21211 Road To Riches 8 11-10 Noel Meade Bryan Cooper
4 11-3U1 Holywell 8 11-10 Jonjo O´Neill Richie McLernon
5 Feb-26 On His Own 11 11-10 W P Mullins Mr W.P.Mullins
6 B4-111 Many Clouds 8 11-10 Oliver Sherwood Leighton Aspell
7 41-511 Silviniaco Conti 9 11-10 Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily
8 112-52 Smad Place 8 11-10 Alan King Wayne Hutchinson
9 U6-151 Carlingford Lough 9 11-10 John E Kiely A.P.McCoy
10 13244 Boston Bob 10 11-10 W P Mullins Paul Townend
11 6U-222 Houblon Des Obeaux 8 11-10 Venetia Williams Aiden Coleman
P/U 615-8 Bobs Worth 10 11-10 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty
P/U 7P-1F7 Home Farm 8 11-10 Henry De Bromhead D.J.Casey
P/U 61-373 Lord Windermere 9 11-10 J H Culloty Davy Russell
P/U 5P-113 Sam Winner 8 11-10 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies
P/U 13-754 The Giant Bolster 10 11-10 David Bridgwater Tom Scudamore












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