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The Paddy Power Gold Cup

A Class 1 Grade 3 Handicap Chase

A handicap chase over 2 miles 4 furlongs at Cheltenham racecourse




 

The_Race

The Paddy Power Gold Cup held at Cheltenham racecourse in early November is seen by many as the real start of the national hunt season.

Run since 1960 at Cheltenham over the old course this handicap chase is open to all horses over 4 years old.

Initially and perhaps best known as the Mackeson Gold Cup when it was sponsored by Mackeson, It has also been sponsored by Murphy's and Thomas Pink.

Run over a distance of 2 miles 5 furlongs and 110 yards this race attracts many high-class horses who run around this distance.

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The_2013_Race

Good race in prospect this year with a few eye catchers in the field.

JOHNS SPIRIT ran a cracking prep for this race when winning a 2m 4f race by a good margin here back in October. He is still at the bottom of the weights and looks a very interesting prospect.

David Pipe often has horses ready in the early season and his charge BALLYNAGOUR looks the right type a French import who had only two runs for the new yard a really good win by a great distance and then a good run at the festival, which came too early. An interesting runners today,

Good race in prospect in this first big chase of the new season.



List_of_runners


Number form Name Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
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1 4642- Finian´s Rainbow 10 11-12 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 163
2012 Champion Chase winner comes here today as the top rated horse. He tried and won over 2 miles and 4 furlongs at Aintree in April 2012 when he beat the very smart Wishful Thinking by seven lengths. 4 races last year and run poorly in the first three but came back to some sort of form at Sandown in the Celebration Chase where he was second over 2 miles. Plenty of weight today and has a lot on his plate but would be by no means a surprise winner even off top weight.
10 wins from 18 starts on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.

2 4133-6 Wishfull Thinking t 10 11-7 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 158
A very good novice who although running well has not quite reached the top since those days. Runs in the best races against good company. Third behind the outstanding Sprinter Sacre in the Queen Mother Champion Chase last season and that was a good run if a long way behind that fantastic horse. Has plenty of weight today as his good running’s keeps him the wrong end of the handicap. Past winner of the race but looks to have plenty to do giving weight to good up-and-coming younger horses.
9 wins from 27 starts on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs (has won 2 p-t-p over 3 miles).

3 24251- Champion Court 8 11-6 Martin Keighley Ian Popham 157
Second in the Jewson at the Festival in 2012 behind the impressive Irish horse Sir Des Champs shows that this horse has some class. He ran in the King George at Kempton at last Christmas’ meeting and was a good fourth behind Long Run, that sort of form could give him a good chance here today. Ran a good race over 2 miles and 5 furlongs at this course in the April meeting where he had some good horses in behind on good to soft ground. One of the nicest horses at the top end of the handicap.
5 wins from 17 starts on ground ranging from good through to good to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs.



4 F1711- Rajdhani Express 6 11-4 Nicky Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen5 155
Smart young impressive horse on the upgrade from Nicky Henderson's yard. Owned by the Whaley-Cohen family and ridden by son Sam, this young horse has done little wrong since going chasing. Looked good last season winning a listed race at the Cheltenham Festival, before winning the future champions novice chase at Ayr. Still improving and if right on first run could be a big danger. High enough in the weights and just the wrong side of the 11 stone barrier as only one the horse has carried more than 11 stone in the last 15 years and that was one of his opponent’s today Wishful Thinking.
Five wins from 17 starts on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and five furlongs.



5 131-21 Conquisto 8 11-3 Steve Gollings Bryan Cooper 154
Well exposed and consistent this eight-year-old and is still on the up. His best run was his latest, just a month ago when winning the Old Roan Chase at Aintree. Tackles the same distance today on his first visit to Cheltenham. The long odds on offer mask his chances and any significant drop in his starting price should be noted.
10 wins from 41 starts on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.



6 86F-21 Hidden Cyclone p 8 11-1 John Joseph Hanlon Andrew J McNamara 152
a nice consistent eight-year-old who seemed to lose his way towards the end of last season when his last three runs were the only time in his career where he had been outside the frame. Has put that behind him running second and then winning two chases in Ireland, albeit at a lower grade. This should be a confidence booster for him but he will have to have improved on the form of his previous wins to win this race
10 wins from 16 starts on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 7 furlongs.



7 1125-U Vino Griego v 8 11-0 Gary Moore Jamie Moore 151
This eight-year-old bay gelding was having a great season last year when things seemed to go right for him. He was second at the Festival in the Byrne Group Plate and then went to run in the Grade 2 Mildmay Novice Chase at Aintree where he ran as if he was over the top. One run so far this season and disappointingly unseated his rider at the seventh on this course. Likes heavy ground so that may not be in his favour today.
Four wins from 31 starts on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.



8 0311-1 Battle Group hp 8 10-13 Johnny Farrelly Brendan Powell 150
A good hurdler who has not quite reached the same rating over fences even though he won a listed novice chase at the Grand National Festival at the end of last season. Splits his season running in both hurdles and chases and although he will have improvement still to come does not quite look up to this class of race so far.
9 wins on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles 1 furlong.



9 22236 Woolcombe Folly 10 10-13 Paul Nicholls Harry Derham5 150
Smart novice chaser a few years ago and struggled to hold that form in higher class chases since. Has reached a high rating of 169 back in 2011 and running today 19 below that of 150. However in this grade of race which seems to favour young up-and-coming horses could mean that he has a lot to do today. Would be a surprise winner at a distance he has not won at before.
9 wins from 28 starts on ground ranging from good to firm through to good to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and one furlong.



10 1522-2 Tap Night 6 10-12 Lucinda Russell A P McCoy 149
Nice young horse who is on the up. He was fifth in the Arkle at Cheltenham last season but went to Aintree and ran really well in the grade one novice chase when second behind the smart Captain Conan. Being trained in Scotland, he then went to his favourite course Ayr, and ran a good race if a long way behind when second to one of his rivals today Radhani express. Comes here with the benefit of a previous run two weeks ago which should have put in spot-on for this race. A good outside chance today at a reasonable price with the champion jockey A. P. McCoy choosing this horse from the three horses that he would have been able to ride for his retained owner. Any significant falling of his starting price should not be ignored.
8 wins from 26 starts on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 5furlongs (two early wins on dirt in USA).



11 25F-04 Kumbeshwar p 6 10-11 Alan King Wayne Hutchinson 148
Nice six-year-old horse slowly improving. He fell at the Festival last season. Has been tried six times on this course without winning in both hurdles and chases with his best chance probably in his first run at the 2011 Festival where he was second in the Fred Winter hurdle. A nice horse but perhaps not suited by this course and will have to show improvement to be in the frame today.
9 wins from 44 starts on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong.



12 1P16-9 Carrickboy 9 10-7 Venetia Williams Aidan Coleman 144
Inconsistent sort who when on form can run really well like his surprise win in the Byrne Plate Group Chase at the Festival. He then ran there one month later finishing sixth of seven over the same distance, same course, and same ground. If up to his best he might have something of a chance but is too unpredictable to be confident about.
6 wins from 27 starts in ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.



13 9P18- Ballynagour 7 10-6 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 143
French import into the David Pipe stable and looks really nice prospect for this season. Ran his first race for this stable in February last year and was outstanding winning a handicap Chase, albeit off bottom weight by 19 lengths and being eased up. Went on to the Festival and started a hot favourite but ran really poorly managing to finish only eighth. If you can ignore that run the horse is outstandingly handicapped on his previous run as long as the ground does not dry out too much. His first run for the stable was over 2 miles five furlongs and he has run in point-to-point races over 3 miles. Therefore the distance should be no problem, the ground should be fine, and he likes the course and has a lightweight. Should be sent off favourite and as long as his first run was not a fluke he has a good chance of winning here as he seems to fit the profile for the race.
Three wins from 12 starts (all bar 2 in France) have come on soft ground and up to a distance of 3 miles.



14 7F-452 Astracad v 7 10-5 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 142
A nice, if not remarkable horse comes here on the back of a good run when second in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree in October. He stayed on that day if only at one pace. He comes from the Nigel Twiston-Davies stable who often has runners in good form this time of year but would need to improve somewhat to win the race.
Six wins have come from 25 starts on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.



15 214-P8 Easter Meteor 7 10-3 Emma Lavelle Leighton Aspell 140
A young bay gelding has not shown anything so far in his career to lead us to think that he might be up to this class. Still improving but has a long way to go to win a race of this calibre
3 wins from 14 starts on ground ranging from good to firm through to soft add up to a distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs.



16 U3P15- Nadiya De La Vega p 7 10-3 Nicky Henderson Andrew Tinkler 140
Well exposed for a seven-year-old and is one who looks to be well within the clutches of the handicapper. This good mare runs well when fresh, has won on the course and up this distance. She will have to have improved to win but it would not be a great surprise if she made the frame.
Six wins from 17 starts on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs.

17 6733-1 Johns Spirit 6 10-2 Jonjo O´Neill Richie McLernon 139
A really nice horse who just seemed to suffer a little last season. That said looks that type who may improve this year and started this season well at this course over this distance last month when winning cleverly by 3 1/2 lengths. If that run is a mark of things to come then this horse should be running for at least a place in the race.
Five wins from the 18 starts on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and 5 furlongs.



18 2425- Colour Squadron 7 10-2 Philip Hobbs Tom O'Brien 139
A good hurdler who has just not quite got there over the larger obstacles. A young horse who will surely improve and has a very light weight here to carry around today. An interesting runner.
Two wins from 12 starts both on soft ground and up to a distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong.



19 B2F/68 Gift Of Dgab 9 10-1 A J Martin Bryan Cooper 138
A really good hurdler horse started his chasing career in November 2011 winning his first Chase by 17 lengths. Has since been tried at much higher grades with his best run when second to the smart Flemingstar at Leopardstown in January 2012 (although 19 lengths behind the winner). Run 2 months ago in the Kerry National and ran a good enough race but then ran below par in a hurdle race last month. Should be prepared spot-on for this race and off a lower weight he could run well.
Two wins from 16 starts on ground ranging from soft to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.



20 338-P2 Attaglance t 7 10-0 Malcolm Jefferson Brian Hughes 131
Seven-year-old bay gelding was a better than average hurdler and has struggled since turning to chasing. Running from out of the handicap and will have to improved vastly to be involved in the shake up here today.
Six wins from 26 starts on ground ranging from good through to good to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and five furlongs.








The_Full_Result


Position Name Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
1 Johns Spirit (IRE) 7/1 6 10-2 Jonjo O'Neill Richie McLernon 139
2 Colour Squadron (IRE) 12/1 7 10-2 Philip Hobbs Tom O'Brien 139
3 Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 20/1 8 11-1 p John Joseph Hanlon Andrew J McNamara 152
4 Attaglance 16/1 7 10-0over weight6 t Malcolm Jefferson Brian Hughes 137
5 Rajdhani Express 8/1 6 10-13 Nicky Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen5 155
6 Wishfull Thinking 33/1 10 11-7 t Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 158
7 Champion Court (IRE) 6/1F 8 11-6 Martin Keighley Ian Popham 157
8 Tap Night (USA) 16/1 6 10-12 Lucinda Russell A P McCoy 149
9 Woolcombe Folly (IRE) 28/1 10 10-8 Paul Nicholls Harry Derham5 150
10 Kumbeshwar 40/1 6 10-11 p Alan King Wayne Hutchinson 148
11 Astracad (FR) 20/1 7 10-5 v1 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 142
12 Carrickboy (IRE) 33/1 9 10-7 Venetia Williams Aidan Coleman 144
13 Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 12/1 7 10-3 p Nicky Henderson Andrew Tinkler 140
14 Conquisto 28/1 8 11-3 Steve Gollings Paul Townend 154
F Easter Meteor 20/1 7 10-3 Emma Lavelle Leighton Aspell 140
F Vino Griego (FR) 25/1 8 11-0 v Gary Moore Jamie Moore 151
PU Ballynagour (IRE) 8/1 7 10-6 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 143
PU Gift Of Dgab (IRE) 20/1 9 10-1 A J Martin Bryan Cooper 138
PU Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 14/1 10 11-12 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 163
PU Battle Group 14/1 8 10-13 hp1 Johnny Farrelly Brendan Powell 150












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