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  • 15:20 Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup3m 2f 110y

  • £475,000 added 5yo+ 16 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 6m 44.95s
  • Off time: 15:20:48

Full result

15:20 Cheltenham Result 13th March 2009
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Kauto Star (FR) 11-10 Ruby Walsh P F Nicholls 9 7/4f
Tracked leaders, led after 3 out, soon clear, powered home, ridden out opened 13/8 touched 15/8 £2000-£1000(x4) £15000-£8000 £7500-£4000(x3) £3750-£2000(x2) £1875-£1000(x6) £938-£500(x5) £7000-£4000(x4) £3500-£2000(x3) £1750-£1000(x4) £3250-£2000(x3) £1625-£1000(x3)
2nd 13 Denman (IRE) 11-10 S Thomas P F Nicholls 9 7/1
Chased leaders, disputed 2nd 13th, ridden to chase winner after 3 out, stayed on, soon held opened 13/2 touched 15/2 £10000-£1200(x2) £15000-£2000 £7000-£1000(x2)
3rd Exotic Dancer (FR) 11-10 A P McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 9 8/1
Held up well off pace, hit 1st, 9th and 11th, smooth headway after 17th, ridden after 3 out, went 3rd when hit next, stayed on opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £40000-£5000 £20000-£2500 £8000-£1000
4th 6 Neptune Collonges (FR) 11-10 Christian Williams P F Nicholls 8 15/2
Led until 8th, hit next, led 12th, mistake 4 out, soon ridden, headed after next, one pace after opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £3500-£500 £4000-£500 £5250-£700
5th 2 My Will (FR) 11-10 Nick Scholfield P F Nicholls 9 100/1
Mid-division, hit 16th, soon ridden, outpaced approaching 3 out, stayed on again from 2 out opened 100/1 touched 100/1
6th nk Roll Along (IRE) 11-10 G Lee C Llewellyn 9 40/1
Held up, headway after 12th, ridden after 16th, outpaced after 4 out, stayed on again from 2 out opened 50/1 touched 50/1
7th 9 Barbers Shop 11-10 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 7 10/1
In touch, not much room after 18th, mistake next, soon ridden, weakened approaching 2 out opened 11/1 touched 11/1 £10000-£700 £22000-£2000 £5000-£500(x2)
8th 10 Madison Du Berlais (FR) 11-10 T Scudamore D Pipe 8 10/1
Chased leaders, hit 6th, ridden after 14th, weakened 17th opened 10/1 touched 11/1 £5500-£500 £5000-£500
9th 5 Albertas Run (IRE) 11-10 D Elsworth Jonjo O'Neill 8 14/1
Mid-division, headway 15th, ridden after 18th, mistake 4 out, weakened next opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £14000-£1000 £7000-£500
10th 14 Knowhere (IRE) 11-10 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 11 100/1
Held up, hit 6th, 9th, 10th and 11th, struggling 13th, weakened 17th opened 100/1 touched 100/1
11th Cerium (FR) 11-10 K Mercer Paul Murphy 8 300/1
Always in rear, lost touch 12th opened 250/1 touched 300/1
12th 5 Air Force One (GER) 11-10 N D Fehily C J Mann 7 16/1
In touch, ridden and weakening when mistake 18th opened 25/1 touched 25/1 £10000-£500 £10000-£500
13th Star De Mohaison (FR) 11-10 Timmy Murphy P F Nicholls 8 20/1
Mid-division, ridden after 4 out, jumped awkwardly 3 out, soon weakened opened 22/1 touched 25/1
PU Halcon Genelardais (FR) 11-10 R Thornton A King 9 40/1
Hit 7th, soon struggling in rear, behind when pulled up 13th opened 66/1 touched 66/1
PU Snoopy Loopy (IRE) 11-10 S Durack P Bowen 11 66/1
Prominent, led 8th until 12th, hit next, faded from 14th, tailed off and pulled up before 18th opened 80/1 touched 100/1
F Miko de Beauchene (FR) 11-10 A Thornton R H & Mrs S Alner 9 150/1
Mid-division, hit 6th, struggling 13th, outpaced 17th, fell 4 out opened 125/1 touched 150/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££1.50,£3.00,£2.10
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£3.00 2&3:£8.50 1&3:£2.80

Jackpot: £132,434.45 carried forward to Uttoxeter, 14th Mar
Placepot: £656.50, Pool: £927752.75, 1031.62 winning tickets
Quadpot: £34.20, Pool: £38354.74, 828.78 winning tickets


KAUTO STAR was already assured of his place amongst the pantheon of racing legends before this race but now he is even further up the hall of fame list after becoming the first horse to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Settled just off the pace, Ruby Walsh oozed confidence throughout and the three-time King George winner didn't put a foot wrong at any of his fences. This was his greatest performance and if keeping him fresh was the key he could well come back and do it again next year as Paul Nicholls said afterwards he will have just three races next season - at Down Royal, Kempton and back here. He's 2/1 for a third win with many bookmakers and that will already be tempting some. Denman ran an absolute blinder in second following his well-documented problems. Prominent throughout, he looked his old self and was just beaten for toe by the winner at the business end. On this evidence he's back and another rematch next season is the one everybody is hoping for. Exotic Dancer ran well in third, Neptune Collonges led for a long way before fading into fourth while My Will stayed on for fifth to ensure Paul Nicholls trained four of the first five home.