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The Cheltenham Gold Cup

The most prestigious race of the national hunt chase year.



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The Timico 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_2017_Race


Well here we are at day four on the final day the Cheltenham Festival and we have the main event of the whole meeting the Cheltenham Gold cup.

After a remarkable day yesterday by the Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh team I guess the head of the market will be Djakadam. Djakadam will be coming here trying this race for the third time having been second on his last two occasions in the race. In 2015 he was beaten only one and a half lengths by Coneygree and last year four a half lengths 2nd to Don Cossack. On both occasions, he ran really well but just came up against one horse that was too good. He comes year this year on great form with good vibes coming from the stable. He seems to have had an uninterrupted preparation and looks a worthy favourite.

Next from the Colin Tizzard yard we have the very smart Cue Card this would probably be the most popular winner of the whole meeting if he can pull it off this time. Last season he was going extremely well in the race but fell coming down the hill when in contention. For many people that day he was the winner but in truth it was a little bit too far out for anybody to be sure. He has been coming to the festival for quite some time, his first run was in the Champion bumper in 2010 where he was an eight-length winner. The following year he was tried in the supreme novices and finished fourth, he was then second in the Arkle the following year behind the superstar Sprinter Sacre, he then was a wide margin winner of the Ryanair in 2013. He did not attend in 2014 or 2015 but returned last year to contest the Gold cup where he fell as previously stated. He has run well this year in preparation for the race and looks to have everything in his favour.

His stablemate Native River is four years is junior however he has had a blistering year for a seven-year-old. He took the Hennessy Gold cup back in November and follow that up with a fine win in the Coral Welsh Grand National before continuing on to win the Denman Chase at Newbury. Comes year in great form and with every chance of making the frame and has to be a respected runner.

Outlander is being sent year from banging form trainer Gordon Elliott. A really good chaser who bar for of couple of falls has not been out of the frame for the last two seasons. He has not run over this trip yet but seems to get 3 miles without any problems and that shouldn't be a worry. He has been to the festival on two occasions in 2015 he was sixth in the Neptune and then last season he fell in the JLT. He is a good horse but he can make mistakes in running and that would be a worry here.

Sizing John is another of the Irish contenders and is one who has been here before. In 2015 he was third in the supreme novice. 2016 he was second in the Arkle on both occasions he was beaten by the very classy Douvan. He moved stables in November from Henry De Bromhead to Jessica Harrington and has good form figures of second, first and first. Comes here in good form and does have a little find but is a young horse who is improving all the time.

Empire of Dirt ran yesterday in the Ryanair where he finished fourth. Not sure if he is likely to show up today but this is definitely the race that the trainer has had in mind for him. Although of course the owner wanted him to run in the race that they sponsored, the Ryanair Chase. He ran a great race at Cheltenham last year when he won a handicap chase by a good distance. He's done very little wrong this year although he did finish second behind Sizing John in February, but that was over a distance to furlong shorter than this.

The trainer Jonjo O'Neill sends two horses for the owner J. P. McManus. The first of these is More of That. More of That is a regular at Cheltenham having run six of his 13 races here. In the 2014 Festival he won the world hurdle and had last season's Champion hurdle winner Annie Power in behind. Last year a contested the RSA Chase over a shorter distance and finished third. This season he has not been so good in his runs with a pulled up in the November meeting and then two ordinary runs at Huntington and Leopardstown. His last run was much more promising, he was going really well and looked to have the race at his mercy when he unseated his rider at the last fence. His trainer Jonjo O'Neill has been on record of saying that he believes that this horse is the best he's ever trained, if that is the case he should have a real-life chance today at a good price.

The second Jonjo O'Neill horse is another really good horse, Minella Rocco. This horse is a real staying type and last season he won the 4-mile amateur Chase. Like his stablemate, he has been a bit In-and-Out of form this season but probably runs much better at this course than anywhere else. He is another who could be a live contender at a big price.

Champagne West is a nine-year-old bay gelding trained by Henry De Bromhead is previous Cheltenham history is that 2014 he was fourth in the Albert Bartlett novice hurdle and last year was pulled up in the Ryanair Chase. At the time, he was trained by Philip Hobbs but is now with his new trainer. He has done really well since moving stables and has improved with every run. He like soft ground and if the forecast rains come that would give a boost to his chances today.

Bristol de Mai is the Nigel Twiston-Davies entry for the race. This horse some model of consistency since coming here from France. He is a young six-year-old horse and looks already to be making into a fine chaser. Most of his races had been running quite short of this distance although this year he has been stepped up a trip and has run well at distances of 3 miles or just below. The main problem with this horse is that heaters tend to hit a fence or two in running. When he gets a clear round, he is very good and he is one who likes to bowl along in front. With a clear round, he could be a player.

The champion trainer Paul Nicholls sends Saphir Du Rheu to the race. He has been to the festival on three occasions. In 2013 he was unimpressive in a grade 3 handicap hurdle, in 2015 he was second behind the very smart Cole Harden in what was then the world hurdle and last year he was sixth in the same race. He has winning form at the course is in January 2015 he won the Cleve hurdle. He will have to be on the top of his game to be involved in the finish year today.

Trainer Alan King sends Smad Place to the race for the third year in succession. He was beaten into eighth in 2015 and sixth last year. He is a bold grey front runner and given his last two runs in isolation you could say that maybe doesn't quite get the trip. However, he did win the 2015 Hennessy over 3 miles and 2 furlongs, albeit then on the flat track. His latest run was at this course over 1 furlong short of today's distance he was beaten that day by the incredibly gallant horse Many Clouds and the superstar Thistlecrack. He was 17 lengths behind the leading two but was also 27 lengths ahead of the rest of the field. He can't be strongly fancied for the race however he should never be the massive odds that he is in the betting market.

Tea for Two, trained by Nick Williams who just a few days ago, had his first Cheltenham festival winner. He is ridden by Lizzie Kelly. She would be the first female jockey winner of the Cheltenham Gold cup should they win today. He is a reasonably good horse at around 3 miles and is progressing slowly. Has something to find on some of the horses in here today but if the rains come that would him prove his chances.

Rebecca Curtis sends Irish Cavalier, who is the final entry in this year's race. He has winning form at the festival in 2015 he won a listed handicap chase, and finished fifth in this race last year around 20 lengths behind the winner. Still only eight years old but will have to improve on his runs so far this season to be anywhere near in the closing stages.




List_of_runners


No. Form Name Age Weight Trainer jockey
1 2-2213 Bristol De Mai 6 11-10 Nigel Twiston-Davies Daryl Jacob
2 FP-311 Champagne West 9 11-10 Henry De Bromhead David mullins
3 1-4312 Cue Card 11 11-10 Colin Tizzard Paddy Brennan
4 23-213 Djakadam 8 11-10 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh
5 P11-12 Empire Of Dirt 10 11-10 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy
6 151P3 Irish Cavalier 8 11-10 Rebecca Curtis Paul Townend
7 21-3FU Minella Rocco 7 11-10 Jonjo O´Neill Noel Fehily
8 3-P36U More Of That 9 11-10 Jonjo O´Neill Aiden Coleman
9 1-2111 Native River 7 11-10 Colin Tizzard Richard Johnson
10 22F21 Outlander 9 11-10 Gordon Elliott B.J. Cooper
11 65-3F2 Saphir Du Rheu 8 11-10 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies
12 3-3211 Sizing John 7 11-10 Mrs John Harrington Robbie Power
13 16-473 Smad Place 10 11-10 Alan King Wayne Hutchinson
14 3-5241 Tea For Two 8 11-10 Nick Williams Lizzie Kelly





The_Full_Result


Finished Form Name Age Weight Trainer jockey
1 3-3211 Sizing John 7 11-10 Mrs John Harrington Robbie Power
2 21-3FU Minella Rocco 7 11-10 Jonjo O´Neill Noel Fehily
3 1-2111 Native River 7 11-10 Colin Tizzard Richard Johnson
4 23-213 Djakadam 8 11-10 W P Mullins Ruby Walsh
5 65-3F2 Saphir Du Rheu 8 11-10 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies
6 3-P36U More Of That 9 11-10 Jonjo O´Neill Aiden Coleman
7 2-2213 Bristol De Mai 6 11-10 Nigel Twiston-Davies Daryl Jacob
8 16-473 Smad Place 10 11-10 Alan King Wayne Hutchinson
9 FP-311 Champagne West 9 11-10 Henry De Bromhead David mullins
10 22F21 Outlander 9 11-10 Gordon Elliott B.J. Cooper
F 1-4312 Cue Card 11 11-10 Colin Tizzard Paddy Brennan
N/R P11-12 Empire Of Dirt 10 11-10 Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy
P/U 151P3 Irish Cavalier 8 11-10 Rebecca Curtis Paul Townend
U/R 3-5241 Tea For Two 8 11-10 Nick Williams Lizzie Kelly



Story_of_the_Race


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