Cheltenham

  • 14:30 Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase 2m 4f 110y

  • Winner £91,120 2nd £34,192 3rd £17,120 4th £8,528
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 7.50s
  • Off time: 14:32:57
14:30 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Johns Spirit (IRE) 7/1
2nd Colour Squadron (IRE) 12/1
3rd Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 20/1
4th Attaglance 16/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 11/4642- White, black cap Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 203
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
10 11-12 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 163 14/115.00
2 14133-6 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Wishfull Thinking 21
Course WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-7 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 158 33/134.00
3 2/24251- Black, purple sleeves, red spots Champion Court (IRE) 213
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-6 M Keighley Ian Popham 157 6/17.00
4 2F1711- Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Rajdhani Express 210
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 11-4 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen (5) 155 8/19.00
5 2131-21 Light Green, Dark Green chevrons, Red sleeves, White and Red striped cap Conquisto 21
Distance Winner
8 11-3 S Gollings P Townend 154 28/129.00
6 186F-21 Emerald green and mauve (halved), sleeves reversed, emerald green and mauve quartered cap Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 57
Distance Winner
8 11-1 p J J Hanlon Andrew J McNamara 152 20/121.00
7 21125-U Light Blue, Brown Cross of Lorraine, striped sleeves and star on cap Vino Griego (FR) 28
Course and Distance Winner
8 11-0 v G L Moore J E Moore 151 25/126.00
8 F0311-1 Yellow, dark green and royal blue halved sleeves, pink cap Battle Group 189
8 10-13 J Farrelly Brendan Powell 150 14/115.00
9 3-22236 White, Crimson hoops, Black cap Woolcombe Folly (IRE) 28
Course Winner
10 10-13 P F Nicholls Mr H Derham (5) 150 28/129.00
10 41522-2 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Tap Night (USA) 13
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
6 10-12 Miss Lucinda V Russell A P McCoy 149 16/117.00
11 225F-04 DARK BLUE, MAROON star, MAROON cap Kumbeshwar 11
6 10-11 p A King Wayne Hutchinson 148 40/141.00
12 61P16-9 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Carrickboy (IRE) 21
Course and Distance Winner
9 10-7 Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman 144 33/134.00
13 61/9P18- BEIGE and EMERALD GREEN check, BEIGE sleeves Ballynagour (IRE) 247
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 10-6 D Pipe T Scudamore 143 8/19.00
14 47F-452 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Astracad (FR) 21
Course WinnerDistance Winner
7 10-5 v1 N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 142 20/121.00
15 1/214-P8 Emerald green, royal blue sleeves, royal blue and yellow quartered cap Easter Meteor 15
7 10-3 Miss E C Lavelle L P Aspell 140 20/121.00
16 3U3P15- Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 206
Beaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 10-3 p N J Henderson A Tinkler 140 12/113.00
17 26733-1 Red, large Black spots, Black cap Johns Spirit (IRE) 28
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 10-2 Jonjo O'Neill R P McLernon 139 7/18.00
18 F2/2425- Emerald green, yellow hoops, red cap Colour Squadron (IRE) 249
Beaten Favourite
7 10-2 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 139 12/113.00
19 2U2F/68 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Gift Of Dgab (IRE) 19
Beaten Favourite
9 10-1 A J Martin B J Cooper 138 20/121.00
20 3338-P2 Beige and Brown (quartered), Brown sleeves Attaglance 51
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 10-0 t J M Jefferson B Hughes 131 16/117.00

Verdict

This used to be a lucrative race for the Pipe family as David's father Martin trained the winner on eight occasions and the current master of Nicholashayne saddled Great Endeavour to success in 2011 though this year's entry, Ballynagour, would probably prefer softer ground. Johns Spirit was only third behind Battle Group at Aintree in April but is 13lb better off here. He beat Astracad and Kumbeshwar here on his reappearance in a race in which Easter Meteor and Vino Griego both failed to finish but was behind Rajdhani Express at last year's Festival. Nicky Henderson's charge may need this, however, while stablemate Nadiya De La Vega isn't easy to catch right. CHAMPION COURT is a real Cheltenham specialist and is fancied to add to his three course wins as he's only been raised a couple of pounds since beating a useful field over track and trip in April. Conquisto beat Astracad, Wishfull Thinking and Carrickboy at Aintree three weeks ago but his jumping is a concern over these stiff fences.