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THE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP

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A Grade 1 Class 1 Championship Chase over 2 Mile 2 Furlongs 70 Yards

 

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THE RACE

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The Wellchild 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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2021 Race Conditions 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 9lb; 6yo+ 11st 10lb Allowances mares 7lb



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LIST OF ENTRIES

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No/Draw Form / Type Name Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
1   11/211-1 • CD • GELDING Al Boum Photo (FR) 9 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins P. Townend 175
2   3213-21 • C • GELDING A Plus Tard (FR) T 7 11st 10lbs Henry de Bromhead Rachael Blackmore 169
3   40-0F22 • C • GELDING Aso (FR) p 11 11st 10lbs Venetia Williams Daryl Jacob 158
4   122-406 • GELDING Black Op (IRE) T p 10 11st 10lbs Tom George Tom Scudamore 147
5   1/11F1-2 • C • GELDING Champ (IRE) 9 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Nico de Boinville 165
6   314-141 • C • GELDING Frodon (FR) T 9 11st 10lbs Paul Nicholls Bryony Frost 169
7   420-221 • GELDING Kemboy (FR) 9 11st 10lbs W. P. Mullins Daniel Mullins 169
8   1P3-3P5 • C • GELDING Lostintranslation (IRE) T 9 11st 10lbs Colin Tizzard Robbie Power 167
9   12-11F4 • C • GELDING Minella Indo (IRE) 8 11st 10lbs Henry de Bromhead Jack Kennedy 164
10   34/11-31 • CD • GELDING Native River (IRE) B 11 11st 10lbs Colin Tizzard Richard Johnson 172
11   2/23-111 • GELDING Royale Pagaille (FR) 7 11st 10lbs Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 166
12   112-253 • C • GELDING Santini (GB) V 9 11st 10lbs Nicky Henderson Aidan Coleman 167



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THE 2021 RACE

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A Plus Tard is a great chaser. A consistent horse who looked even better when stepped up to 3miles last time out where he had yesterdays good winner Allaho back in third. Stable in good form.

Last years winner Al Boum Photo has once again done nothing wrong. Coming back for a Hat Trick. No real chinks in his armour. Will be well supported.

Champ ran a really good race in a two-mile chase in prep for this race. Showed plenty of pace for that race and at the festival last year came from nowhere on the run-in. His jumping has improved this season but he is still not a great jumper and this could be his downfall. A good round of jumping and he will be staying on well.

Minella Indo was second to champ in last years RSA chase. Started the season with two good wins but has been a little disappointing since. A bit of an inigma this one.

Santini was second last year and that puts him right in the mix here. Hasn't really shown his best form yet this season but he stays well and the extra 2 furlongs of the race could play into his favour. Too big a price!

Frodon is a great horse. 9 years old and a Ryanair winner, a Cotswold chase winner and also a King George winner. Front runner bold jumper safe and honest. Has a jockey that is one of the best in the business. There really is nothing not to like about this horse. Sure to run well so don't let the lack of racing experts thinking he is not good enough put you off him. Given some luck, he could get his jockey Bryony Frost in the record books as the first female winner of the race. The horse deserves this.

Native River is a top-class long-distance chaser. Runs from the front and runs his rivals into the ground as he did winning this in 2018 Consistent and ran a really good prep winning the Cotswold Chase. Only one stat against him last horse older than 10 to win this was in 1969. In his favour, he is lightly raced. Sure to run well today.

Royale Pagaille is still only a novice but has put in performances this year that has seen his rating soar. Fantastic win in a great 2 last time out. Looks to have a good chance but would be better with softer ground.

Kemboy is a really good content horse but he does not show his best at Cheltenham.

Lostintranslation was pulled up in the 2019 king George and has not quite progressed as expected since despite his 3rd in the race last year. below form of late and stable has not been in great form this season but is not starting to come back. Hopeful of a good run.

Aso is a good consistent sort but looks better at shorter trips.

Black Op is well exposed and would be a surprise winner.

Two selection to run well against the field: Frodon : Native River

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THE FULL RESULT

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This will be updated after the race.

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STEWARDS REPORT

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This will be updated after the race.





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