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Betvictor Gold Cup

A Class 1 Grade 3 Handicap Chase

A handicap chase over 2m4½f at Cheltenham racecourse

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The_Race

The Betvictor 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, Thomas Pink and Paddy Power up until 2015.

Run over a distance of 2 miles 4 1/2 furlongs this race attracts many high-class horses who run around this distance.

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The_2018_Race


Good race with lots of entries today.

Frodon was a good win last time out for trainer and jockey. That was after a wind op and hw is likely to go well again today.

Rather Be from the Nicky Henderson yard could be a very classy horse and may well start fav for this race. Just lost to Mister Whitaker at the festival but much better off at the weights today.

Kalondra made good progress last year and seems to like the course. Fell last time out but expected to go well.

Festival winner Mister Whitaker had a great season last season and has started well this with a win. Must be respected.

Benatar is another who had a good last season and has had a good prep for this race.

Baron Alco not seen for some time before good comeback run at Chepstow in October. Sure to come on for that.

West Approach likes to front run and coming back to a winning rating now.

Ballyandy could be a dark horse in the race but prone to jumping errors.

As always this is quite an open race and a good early season target for the right type of horse.




List_of_runners


No. Form / Type Horse Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
1 21350-1 • CD • GELDING Frodon (FR) T 6 11st 12lbs Paul Nicholls Bryony Frost 161
2 31211-1 • CD • GELDING Mister Whitaker (IRE) 6 11st 3lbs Mick Channon A. P. Heskin 152
3 U1U/1/-12 • D • GELDING Javert (IRE) 9 11st 1lbs Emma Lavelle Adam Wedge 150
4 4/1113-4 • D • GELDING Benatar (IRE) 6 11st 0lbs Gary Moore Jamie Moore 149
5 10/1U12- • D • GELDING Rather Be (IRE) 7 11st 0lbs Nicky Henderson Jeremiah McGrath 149
6 12143-F • CD • GELDING Kalondra (IRE) T 7 10st 13lbs Neil Mulholland Noel Fehily 148
7 12122/-2 • D • GELDING Baron Alco (FR) 7 10st 11lbs Gary Moore Joshua Moore 146
8 043156 • CD • GELDING Shantou Village (IRE) T p 8 10st 8lbs Neil Mulholland Robert Dunne 143
9 1356P-3 • GELDING West Approach (GB) B 8 10st 7lbs Colin Tizzard Richard Johnson 142
10 10P02-5 • CD • GELDING Splash of Ginge (GB) 10 10st 6lbs Nigel Twiston-Davies Jamie Bargary 141
11 21121-2 • D • MARE Happy Diva (IRE) T 7 10st 5lbs Kerry Lee Richard Patrick(3) 140
12 2/423P-U • GELDING Movewiththetimes (IRE) 7 10st 5lbs Paul Nicholls Barry Geraghty 140
13 152/35P- • GELDING King's Socks (FR) T WS 6 10st 4lbs David Pipe Tom Scudamore 139
14 5500-43 • GELDING Romain de Senam (FR) H T 6 10st 3lbs Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 138
15 14/14P-3 • CD • GELDING Ballyandy (GB) 7 10st 2lbs Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 137
16 4113-50 • D • GELDING Geordie des Champs (IRE) 7 10st 2lbs Rebecca Curtis Niall Madden 137
17 01U60-2 • C • GELDING Guitar Pete (IRE) 8 10st 2lbs Nicky Richards Brian Hughes 137
18 F1/16F-2 • D • GELDING Willie Boy (IRE) 7 10st 1lbs Charlie Longsdon Richie McLernon 136
19 1310P-0 • D • GELDING Eamon An Cnoic (IRE) T p 7 10st 0lbs David Pipe David Noonan 135
20 22-3211 • GELDING Whoshotwho (IRE) 7 10st 0lbs Dr Richard Newland Sean Bowen 134



The_Full_Result


Finished Form / Type Horse Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
1 12122/-2 • D • GELDING Baron Alco (FR) 7 10st 11lbs Gary Moore Joshua Moore 146
2 21350-1 • CD • GELDING Frodon (FR) T 6 11st 12lbs Paul Nicholls Bryony Frost 161
3 01U60-2 • C • GELDING Guitar Pete (IRE) 8 10st 2lbs Nicky Richards Brian Hughes 137
4 31211-1 • CD • GELDING Mister Whitaker (IRE) 6 11st 3lbs Mick Channon A. P. Heskin 152
5 1310P-0 • D • GELDING Eamon An Cnoic (IRE) T p 7 10st 0lbs David Pipe David Noonan 135
6 U1U/1/-12 • D • GELDING Javert (IRE) 9 11st 1lbs Emma Lavelle Adam Wedge 150
BD 10/1U12- • D • GELDING Rather Be (IRE) 7 11st 0lbs Nicky Henderson Jeremiah McGrath 149
BD 21121-2 • D • MARE Happy Diva (IRE) T 7 10st 5lbs Kerry Lee Richard Patrick(3) 140
F 2/423P-U • GELDING Movewiththetimes (IRE) 7 10st 5lbs Paul Nicholls Barry Geraghty 140
F F1/16F-2 • D • GELDING Willie Boy (IRE) 7 10st 1lbs Charlie Longsdon Richie McLernon 136
F 22-3211 • GELDING Whoshotwho (IRE) 7 10st 0lbs Dr Richard Newland Sean Bowen 134
NR 4/1113-4 • D • GELDING Benatar (IRE) 6 11st 0lbs Gary Moore Jamie Moore 149
NR 4113-50 • D • GELDING Geordie des Champs (IRE) 7 10st 2lbs Rebecca Curtis Niall Madden 137
PU 1356P-3 • GELDING West Approach (GB) B 8 10st 7lbs Colin Tizzard Richard Johnson 142
PU 10P02-5 • CD • GELDING Splash of Ginge (GB) 10 10st 6lbs Nigel Twiston-Davies Jamie Bargary 141
PU 14/14P-3 • CD • GELDING Ballyandy (GB) 7 10st 2lbs Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 137
UR 12143-F • CD • GELDING Kalondra (IRE) T 7 10st 13lbs Neil Mulholland Noel Fehily 148
UR 043156 • CD • GELDING Shantou Village (IRE) T p 8 10st 8lbs Neil Mulholland Robert Dunne 143
UR 152/35P- • GELDING King's Socks (FR) T WS 6 10st 4lbs David Pipe Tom Scudamore 139
UR 5500-43 • GELDING Romain de Senam (FR) H T 6 10st 3lbs Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 138



Stewards Report on race.

BALLYANDY wore earplugs.

Jamie Moore, the rider of the winner, BARON ALCO (FR), was suspended for 2 days for using his whip above the permitted level from the last fence.

SHANTOU VILLAGE (IRE), trained by Neil Mulholland, entered the Parade Ring without his declared cheek pieces. In order not to delay the race, permission was given for the gelding not to Parade and to go straight to the start once he had the cheekpieces fitted. The trainer was interviewed and fined £280, this being his second such offence within the last 12 months.

Following the race Richard Johnson reported that WEST APPROACH, which was pulled up, was never travelling. WEST APPROACH was routine tested.




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