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15:05 Cheltenham

WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) (GBB Race) (Class 1)

  • 12 Runners
  • Distance: 3m 2f 70y
  • Going: Good to Soft (Good in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • £468,750 added
  • Winner: £263,766
  • 2nd: £99,375
  • 3rd: £49,734
  • 4th: £24,844
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 6m 45.35s
  • Off Time: 15:05:07
  • 12 Ran
1
Silk - Yellow and black check, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, black star
9/4
  • Form 11/211-1
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 175

held up in mid-division, not fluent 1st, headway from 11th, not fluent 17th, hit 4 out, held in pocket bend before 2 out, soon went 3rd but unable to go with front pair, held after, stayed on

2
Silk - Red, White sash, Royal Blue cap
10/3
  • Form 3213-21
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 169

held up towards rear, steady headway from 13th, mistake 16th, checked and taken back slightly before 3 out, went close 2nd final bend, 2 lengths down 2 out, stayed on well but able to get back to winner

3
Silk - Royal Blue, White hoop and sleeves

Aso (FR)

13 p BFC
150/1
  • Form 47-7F22
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 158

held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, mistake and well beaten 4 out

4
Silk - Light Blue, Pink chevrons, Light Blue sleeves, Light Blue cap, Pink star
125/1
  • Form 122-496
  • Age 10
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 147

tracked leaders, went 2nd after 4th, weakened after 3 out

5
Silk - Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap
13/2
  • Form 1/11F1-2
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 165

towards rear on inside, slow and pecked 1st, not fluent 3rd, slow 4th, jumped left and hit brush upright 5th, mistake 6th, pulled up before 7th

6
Silk - ROYAL BLUE, WHITE chevron, hooped sleeves, WHITE cap

Frodon (FR)

83 t C
16/1
  • Form 314-141
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 169

led, ridden and headed after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, lost 4th flat

7
Silk - Royal Blue, Yellow disc, diamonds on sleeves
16/1
  • Form 427-221
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 169

chased leader, mistake 3rd, lost 2nd after next, stayed prominent, mistake 8th, lost place before 4 out, soon behind, tailed off

8
Silk - Yellow, dark blue braces
  • Form 1P3-3P5
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 167

mid-division on inside, lost place approaching 14th, well beaten from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out

9
Silk - MAROON, yellow stars, maroon sleeves, striped cap
9/1
  • Form 12-11F4
  • Age 8
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 164

chased leaders, closed to dispute 2nd from 16th, going strongly 3 out, soon led, 2 lengths ahead last, stayed on well, ridden out

10
Silk - Red and Purple (quartered), Yellow sleeves, Red cap
12/1
  • Form 34/11-31
  • Age 11
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 172

pushed away from start, chased leaders on inside, driven 13th, lost place before 15th, well held from 4 out, plugged on to take 4th flat

11
Silk - Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap
  • Form 2/23-111
  • Age 7
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 166

behind, hit 2nd, not fluent 6th, mistake 9th, switched to outside before 13th, mistake 15th, hit 18th, struggling 4 out, never any chance

12
Silk - Grey, White epaulets

Santini

41 v C
12/1
  • Form 112-253
  • Age 9
  • Weight 11-10
  • Official Rating 167

rousted away from start, soon mid-division, bad mistake and lost place 7th, last, struggling and behind 9th, pulled up after 12th

Previous results

In depth

Verdict

Native River, the winner in 2018, is bidding to give Colin Tizzard a fairytale ending to his last Festival as a trainer. He showed he was no back number when running away with the rearranged Cotswold at Sandown last month but it is 20 years since a winner of that race went on to glory here. Last year’s runner-up Santini was well beaten, however, and the 11-year-old is also preferred to last year’s third Lostintranslation, who has a lot to prove nowadays. Frodon deserves a crack a first Gold Cup but often comes up short against the elite over 3m, though did win the King George in December when Santini and Black Op were behind. Kemboy was only seventh last year and failed to finish in 2019 and it’s impossible to believe he’ll finish ahead of AL BOUM PHOTO (NAP). Everything looks right for the Mullins’ stayer to complete his hat-trick in chasing’s Blue Riband as he went smoothly through the gears in his prep race at Tramore and will arrive fresher than most. Champ has also had only one run since beating Minella Indo at The Festival last year, over an inadequate 2m, and he might be the danger though Royale Pagaille remains something of an unknown quantity having progressed rapidly through the handicapping ranks. A Plus Tard touched off Kemboy in the Savills at Leopardstown over Christmas but might struggle to cope with a strongly-run race over this trip

Formwatch

Al Boum Photo (FR) 2-9fav (12-0) Settled 3rd, closer at 11th, 2nd next, challenged 2 out, soon led, pushed out to assert before last, kept on strongly run-in, comfortably, won at Tramore 2m 5f (1) sft in Jan beating Acapella Bourgeois (11-10) by 19l, 5 ran.

A Plus Tard (FR) 15-2 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, headway after 4 out and 5th next, pushed along and went 3rd entering straight, closer at last, ridden and kept on well run-in to lead close home, won at Leopardstown 3m (1) Yielding in Dec beating Kemboy (11-12) by 1/2l, 14 ran.

Aso (FR) 9-4fav (10-12) Towards rear, untidy 12th, headway when shaken up 3 out, disputed 2nd 2 out and last, kept on well run-in and secured 2nd final 110 yards, 2nd of 5, 7 1/2l behind Cloth Cap (11-2) at Kelso 2m 7f lst (1) gs in Mar.

Black Op (IRE) 66-1 (11-10) Chased winner until 2nd, lost place and in mid-division after, headway chasing leaders before 10th, weakened 4 out, 6th of 9, 17 1/2l behind Frodon (11-10) at Kempton 3m (1) gs in Dec.

Champ (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Jumped left on occasions, led 2nd, headed 2 out, every chance when not fluent last, kept on well flat, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Sceau Royal (11-0) at Newbury 2m (1) gs in Feb.

Frodon (FR) 20-1 (11-10) Occasionally jumped left, made all, ridden clear between last 2, stayed on strongly, unchallenged, won at Kempton 3m (1) gs in Dec beating Waiting Patiently (11-10) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.

Kemboy (FR) 11-4 (11-12) Made all, slight mistake 6th, almost joined 2 out, soon advantage again, ridden and pressed before last, asserted approaching last, kept on well run-in, won at Leopardstown 3m (1) sft in Feb beating The Storyteller (11-12) by 2l, 5 ran.

Lostintranslation (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, hit 3rd, headway to chase leaders 14th, pressed leaders 3 out, lost place next, soon pushed along and weakened approaching last, lost fourth flat, 5th of 7, 26l behind Secret Investor (11-0) at Newbury 2m 7f (1) gs in Feb.

Minella Indo (IRE) 13-8fav (11-12) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, improved to challenge and almost on terms when mistake 2 out, soon ridden in 2nd, pressed leader briefly before last, no extra approaching last, dropped to 4th run-in, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 6 3/4l behind Kemboy (11-12) at Leopardstown 3m (1) sft in Feb.

Native River (IRE) 13-2 (11-6) Pressed leader, led 17th, 3 lengths ahead and in command from 2 out, stayed on gamely to go well clear run-in, won at Sandown 3m (1) hvy in Feb beating Bristol De Mai (11-6) by 9 1/2l, 6 ran.

Royale Pagaille (FR) 11-5fav (11-10) Headway 2nd and close up, led 11th, pushed clear 2out, comfortable, won at Haydock 3m 2f hcp (1) hvy in Jan beating Potters Legend (10-4) by 16l, 8 ran.

Santini 5-2 (11-6) Chased leading trio, blundered 8th, pushed along before 16th (water), reminders before next, went modest 3rd 3 out, plugged on, no chance, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Native River (11-6) at Sandown 3m (1) hvy in Feb.