• 14:35 Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase 2m 4f 110y

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


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 25.75s
  • Off time: 14:35:14
14:35 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Al Ferof (FR) 8/1
2nd Walkon (FR) 7/1
3rd Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 12/1
4th Casey Top (IRE) 40/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/5U26-4 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Poquelin (FR) 14
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-12 P F Nicholls Mr H Derham (7) 163 33/134.00
2 1/11343- YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Al Ferof (FR) 219
Beaten FavouriteCourse Winner
7 11-8 P F Nicholls R Walsh 159 8/19.00
3 F/85110- Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Calgary Bay (IRE) 217
Course WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-7 M R Channon D Elsworth 158 16/117.00
4 211113- Red, Yellow hoops, Light Blue sleeves, Red cap Hunt Ball (IRE) 219
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-6 K Burke Nick Scholfield 157 9/110.00
5 2/61114- Purple, Yellow triple diamond, Yellow sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Grands Crus (FR) 248
Beaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-6 t D Pipe T Scudamore 157 7/42.75
6 2/02175- Emerald green, yellow hoops, emerald green and yellow quartered cap Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 203
Course and Distance Winner
7 11-4 N J Henderson A Tinkler 155 20/121.00
7 2/41412- RED, WHITE seams, ROYAL BLUE and WHITE hooped sleeves and cap Aerial (FR) 213
Distance Winner
6 11-4 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 155 25/126.00
9 33464-2 Red and White stripes, hooped sleeves, striped cap Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 19
Course Winner
10 10-13 T Cooper P J Brennan 150 20/121.00
10 603/17-1 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 28
Course and Distance Winner
6 10-8 N J Henderson A P McCoy 145 12/113.00
11 47124-5 Yellow, Dark Blue triple diamond and armlets Micheal Flips (IRE) 14
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
8 10-8 Andrew Turnell B Hughes 145 20/121.00
12 7/1345P- Royal Blue, White hoops, Maroon sleeves and cap Walkon (FR) 210
Course Winner
7 10-6 A King R Thornton 143 7/18.00
13 S41141 Maroon and Beige (quartered), Maroon sleeves, Beige armlets The Disengager (IRE) 49
Distance Winner
8 10-4 P J Hobbs R Johnson 141 40/141.00
15 41110-2 Yellow, Light Blue hooped sleeves Triolo D'Alene (FR) 190
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 10-1 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 138 12/113.00
16 1F-211F Yellow, Dark Green seams, Yellow cap, Dark Green spots Kingsmere 29
Distance Winner
7 10-0 H D Daly Sam Twiston-Davies 137 25/126.00
17 336-120 Orange and black (quartered), halved sleeves Casey Top (IRE) 59
Distance Winner
9 10-0 t L Whitmore M A Enright (5) 136 40/141.00
18 F7-3633 Emerald Green, Yellow hoops, Emerald Green cap, White star Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 28
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 10-0 t Jonjo O'Neill Maurice Linehan (7) 136 33/134.00
19 26/9-923 Black and Yellow quartered, Black sleeves, Emerald Green seams, Yellow cap, Black star Questions Answered (IRE) 34
Beaten FavouriteDistance Winner
7 10-0 E McNamara Aidan Coleman 130 25/126.00
20 3P0F-39 Red, White star and armlets Gilbarry (IRE) 28
Distance Winner
7 10-0 Jonjo O'Neill R P McLernon 127 66/167.00
Non runners
83/1F32P-Tanks For That (IRE)911-4N J HendersonNon Runner155
143U047-0Divers (FR)810-1Ferdy MurphyTimmy Murphy138


The usual high-quality renewal with the likelihood that many of these will be plying their trade outside of handicap company for the most part this term. GRANDS CRUS is not likely to offer too much in the way of value but he remains the most likely winner on the best of his form last term when developing into a most imposing novice chaser. He did disappoint rather at the Festival meeting but other efforts were right out of the top drawer and the family has enjoyed a terrific record in this race down the years. David Pipe seems certain to have him primed for this first assignment of the new campaign. For those seeking a value each-way alternative, Triolo D'Alene makes plenty of appeal off his featherweight with Barry Geraghty booked. He was also below par at the Festival back in March but has been given a lengthy break by the Henderson team and looks to have been prepared with this contest in mind. It is obviously impossible to ignore the claims of last season's most improved horse in training, Hunt Ball, whilst Al Ferof, despite his fair share of weight, looks sure to improve again this term and is the choice of Ruby Walsh from the Nicholls trio.