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The Cheltenham Gold Cup

The most prestigious race of the national hunt chase year.



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The_Race

The Magners 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 not winning 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_2019_Race


The Cheltenham Gold Cup, here we are on Friday and the biggest race in the jumping calendar.
Presenting Percy is the favourite for this race having won the RA in really good style last year. That race also stamped his liking for the course as he also won in great style the year before in the Pertemps hurdle. His style of running is impressive and he carries all before him in the race however he has not had what would be a traditional preparation for this race. He has only run once this season in a hurdle race in January and has not had any prep race over fences. This is not ideal coming into this race but his trainer is a bit of an enigma in the fact that he never talks to the press at any time. There is nothing to suggest that the horses' lack of a run is due to any problem and Pat will not run him if he is not 100%, it’s just that there is a lot to take on trust with this horse. A good chance.

Last years winner Native River has run well this season in his two chases. He was second to Bristol De Mai in the Betfair Chase and then third in the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day. Both of these were good solid runs and he has been kept fresh for this race. With the rain falling and the ground likely to be soft he has everything in his favour today and looks the likely winner. The only downside is that even good Gold Cup winners find it hard to repeat the feat with the legendary Kauto Star winning twice (2007 & 2009) and Best Mates three (2002, 2003 & 2004) and L’Escarcot (1970 & 1971) being the last three.

Clan Des Obeaux is a young horse who jumped to the head of the betting market after winning the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day. He is a really good chaser who is moving the right way. He is trained by Paul Nicholls who has won this race 4 times. His latest run franked his well being at Ascot where he beat a small but good field by 11 lengths. Will have good support on the day and would not be a surprise winner but this may be 12 months too soon for him.

Bellshill from the Willie Mullins yard is another who has improved on his good form this season. Last season he gave Cheltenham a miss abut won the Punchestown Gold Cup in April. His last run was when he won the Irish equivalent of this race in February. In great form and should run well.

Kemboy, also trained by Mullins ended last season with two wins and started this season with two more. He is young and improving and is likely to show a bit more improvement here. Another good contender

Thistlecrack is a really nice horse and is a King George winner (2016). He also runs very well at this course being a three times winner. He has been on the wane since that King George win and indeed has not won since that day but we should remember that was his 9th win in a row and he looked pretty unbeatable then. Showed that there may be a return to his form when second to Clan Des Obeaux in this season's King George. Can’t be ruled out.

Might Bite. Was second in this race last year and looked the likely winner until the last fence when Native Riverpicked up and this horse was one-paced in the very heavy ground up the hill to the finish He has had a poor season with two very poor runs early on. He was then given a wind op (possibly two) and he not been seen since. The report is that he is progressing well and he may just come back fresh and well and may make his odds look very generous on the day. Big run expected.

Al Boum Photo fell in the RSA last season when going well. He won the Ryanair at Fairyhouse after that but ended his season running out in a Grade 1 at Punchestown. He has had one prep run only where he won a listed race in January,. Comes here with chances.

Shattered love. Won Last years JLT at the festival over 2 ½ miles. And has run well in defeat since, also over 2 ½ miles. Tried for the first time at 3m in December and was beaten a long way. The ground will hold no fears for him but has questions to answer at this trip.

Elegant Escape. Won the Welsh Grand national over 3 miles and 5 ½ furlongs do the trip will be no problem for him. He was 3rd in the RSA chase behind Presenting Percy at last seasons festival but he has shown good improvement since then. He looks this right type for this race and his long odds may look ridiculous on the day. Confident of a good run today.

Bristol De Mai is a really good chaser but seems to get all his wins at Haydock. May not be suited by the undulations of this tack and looks much better on a “Park Course”. Bear in mind this horse is joint top rated in this race.

Anibale Fly is a tough horse who had his best run to Date when a good 3rd in this race last year. Two reasonable runs this season. Will need to be at his best again this year.

Invitation Only. A good horse at around 2 ½ miles. Tried at 3miles 1 furlong last time and was not found wanting. More improvement needed today, however.

Definitely Red. 6th last year and started this season with two good listed chase wins. Had a three-mile prep in February to put him stop on for this but needs to improve again.

Yala Enki. Good long distance chaser. Loves really soft ground and was 3rd in the Welsh National. If the ground turns up really heavy could run into a place at big odds.

So that’s the Gold Cup. With Presenting Percy’s unorthodox preparations I think that this is not ideal for this race and although he could well win I would prefer to look elsewhere this time. Native River again has really solid claims. The ground, course, going and distance suit and he will be front running anything with slight chinks into the ground. It will take a top-class horse to beat him today. Might Bite is the forgotten horse in the race he had a great time last season and bar for the very soft finishing straight would have been closer and may have won. I am prepared to take his connections assurance that he is fit and well and to me, he looks the best of the rest. A mention for Elegant Escape who’s form looks rock solid and will be one who may relish the hard pace that will be set by Native River.

Race Conditions: For 5yo+ which are allotted a rating of 130 or more by the BHA Handicapper following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including the day prior to confirmation. Horses which are not qualified for 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 the day prior to confirmation would merit a minimum rating of 130. The decision of the BHA Handicapper shall be final. Weights 5yo 11st 8lb; 6yo+ 11st 10lb Allowances mares 7lb Entries




List_of_runners


No Form•Type Horse Age Weight Trainer Jockey BHA Rating
1 F2F1r-1 • GELDING Al Boum Photo (FR) 7 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins P. Townend 164
2 1F34-62 • GELDING Anibale Fly (FR) T 9 11st 10lbs A. J. Martin Barry Geraghty 164
3 3/151-41 • GELDING Bellshill (IRE) 9 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins R. Walsh 168
4 1632-1F • GELDING Bristol de Mai (FR) 8 11st 10lbs Nigel Twiston-Davies Daryl Jacob 173
5 123-411 • GELDING Clan des Obeaux (FR) 7 11st 10lbs Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 173
6 16U-112 • CD • GELDING Definitly Red (IRE) 10 11st 10lbs Brian Ellison Danny Cook 162
7 04-F252 • GELDING Double Shuffle (IRE) H 9 11st 10lbs Tom George Jonathan Burke 158
8 33-1212 • GELDING Elegant Escape (IRE) 7 11st 10lbs Colin Tizzard Tom O'Brien 162
9 3P3U-31 • GELDING Invitation Only (IRE) 8 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins Mr P. W. Mullins 161
10 4F11-11 • GELDING Kemboy (FR) 7 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins David Mullins 168
11 1121-50 • C • GELDING Might Bite (IRE) WS 10 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville 169
12 13/11-23 • CD • GELDING Native River (IRE) p 9 11st 10lbs Colin Tizzard Richard Johnson 173
13 31121-1 • C • GELDING Presenting Percy (GB) T 8 11st 10lbs Patrick G. Kelly Davy Russell 165
14 12/54-32 • C • GELDING Thistlecrack (GB) 11 11st 10lbs Colin Tizzard Tom Scudamore 170
15 166-135 • D • GELDING Yala Enki (FR) 9 11st 10lbs Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 155
16 125-220 • C • MARE Shattered Love (IRE) T WS 8 11st 3lbs Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy 154





The_Full_Result


Position Form•Type Horse Age Weight Trainer Jockey BHA Rating
1 F2F1r-1 • GELDING Al Boum Photo (FR) 7 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins P. Townend 164
2 1F34-62 • GELDING Anibale Fly (FR) T 9 11st 10lbs A. J. Martin Barry Geraghty 164
PU 3/151-41 • GELDING Bellshill (IRE) 9 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins R. Walsh 168
3 1632-1F • GELDING Bristol de Mai (FR) 8 11st 10lbs Nigel Twiston-Davies Daryl Jacob 173
5 123-411 • GELDING Clan des Obeaux (FR) 7 11st 10lbs Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 173
BD 16U-112 • CD • GELDING Definitly Red (IRE) 10 11st 10lbs Brian Ellison Danny Cook 162
PU 04-F252 • GELDING Double Shuffle (IRE) H 9 11st 10lbs Tom George Jonathan Burke 158
6 33-1212 • GELDING Elegant Escape (IRE) 7 11st 10lbs Colin Tizzard Tom O'Brien 162
F 3P3U-31 • GELDING Invitation Only (IRE) 8 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins Mr P. W. Mullins 161
UR 4F11-11 • GELDING Kemboy (FR) 7 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins David Mullins 168
PU 1121-50 • C • GELDING Might Bite (IRE) WS 10 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville 169
4 13/11-23 • CD • GELDING Native River (IRE) p 9 11st 10lbs Colin Tizzard Richard Johnson 173
8 31121-1 • C • GELDING Presenting Percy (GB) T 8 11st 10lbs Patrick G. Kelly Davy Russell 165
PU 12/54-32 • C • GELDING Thistlecrack (GB) 11 11st 10lbs Colin Tizzard Tom Scudamore 170
7 166-135 • D • GELDING Yala Enki (FR) 9 11st 10lbs Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 155
9 125-220 • C • MARE Shattered Love (IRE) T WS 8 11st 3lbs Gordon Elliott Jack Kennedy 154

Stewards Report

AL BOUM PHOTO (FR), BRISTOL DE MAI (FR) and KEMBOY (FR) wore earplugs throughout the race. MIGHT BITE (IRE) was pulled up quickly after the second last fence as the rider felt something was amiss with the gelding, thereby interfering with YALA ENKI (FR), placed seventh, but after viewing a recording of the incident, it was found that no riding offence was involved. Following the race, Ruby Walsh reported that he pulled BELLSHILL (IRE) up after making a bad mistake. Nico De Boinville reported that MIGHT BITE (IRE), which was pulled up, stopped quickly; the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination of the gelding failed to reveal any abnormalities. Davy Russell reported that PRESENTING PERCY, which started favourite and finished eighth, was never travelling following an early mistake and his saddle slipped mid-race; the Veterinary Officer reported that a post-race examination, during routine testing, revealed the gelding had finished lame on its right hind. The Veterinary Officer further reported that ELEGANT ESCAPE (IRE), placed sixth, lost its left fore shoe and SHATTERED LOVE (IRE), unplaced, had post-race ataxia.







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