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Cheltenham

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

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £160,000 added 4yo+ 20 ran
  • Winner £91,120 2nd £34,192 3rd £17,120 4th £8,528
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 7.50s
  • Off time: 14:32:57

Full result

14:30 Cheltenham Result 16th November 2013
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Johns Spirit (IRE) 10-2 R P McLernon Jonjo O'Neill 6 7/1
Patiently ridden towards rear, steady headway 12th, challenged on outside when left in lead 2 out, ridden and kept on flat, held on near finish opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £8000-£1000
2nd ¾ Colour Squadron (IRE) 10-2 T J O'Brien P J Hobbs 7 12/1
Mid-division, headway 4 out, close up on inside next, every chance when mistake 2 out, soon outpaced in 3rd, ridden and edged left flat, hung left and kept on to take 2nd towards finish, just held opened 10/1 touched 12/1
3rd Hidden Cyclone (IRE) 11-1 Andrew J McNamara J J Hanlon 8 20/1
Led, headed 10th (water), remained in touch, every chance when left 2nd 2 out, ridden and kept on same pace flat, held when lost 2nd near finish opened 20/1 touched 20/1
4th Attaglance 10-0 B S Hughes J M Jefferson 7 16/1
Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure from last, never reached leaders opened 25/1 touched 25/1
5th Rajdhani Express 11-4 Mr S Waley-Cohen (5) N J Henderson 6 8/1
In touch, driven to chase leaders after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £3400-£400
6th 4 Wishfull Thinking 11-7 R Johnson P J Hobbs 10 33/1
Tracked leaders, outpaced before 3 out, no impression from next opened 33/1 touched 33/1
7th 7 Champion Court (IRE) 11-6 Ian Popham M Keighley 8 6/1f
Tracked leaders, effort when mistake 3 out, soon outpaced, no impression from next opened 15/2 touched 15/2 £14000-£2000 £3250-£500 £5000-£800 £5000-£700 £6000-£1000 £2400-£300 £8000-£1000 £7500-£1000
8th 1 Tap Night (USA) 10-12 A P McCoy Miss Lucinda V Russell 6 16/1
Behind, outpaced before 3 out, kept on into mid-division before last, never near leaders opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £8000-£500 £6400-£400
9th Woolcombe Folly (IRE) 10-13 Mr H Derham (5) P F Nicholls 10 28/1
Always behind, no chance when hampered 3 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
10th ¾ Kumbeshwar 10-11 Wayne Hutchinson A King 6 40/1
Mid-division, struggling 11th, never on terms opened 33/1 touched 40/1
11th 6 Astracad (FR) 10-5 Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 7 20/1
In touch, outpaced 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, never troubled leaders opened 16/1 touched 20/1
12th 29 Carrickboy (IRE) 10-7 Aidan Coleman Miss V Williams 9 33/1
Mid-division, lost place 8th, soon behind, tailed off 3 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
13th ¾ Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 10-3 A Tinkler N J Henderson 7 12/1
Chased leaders on outside, lost place 4 out, behind when hampered next opened 12/1 touched 12/1
14th 12 Conquisto 11-3 P Townend S Gollings 8 28/1
Mid-division, struggling 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off opened 25/1 touched 33/1
PU Finian's Rainbow (IRE) 11-12 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 10 14/1
Mid-division, some headway on outside 12th, lost place 4 out, behind when pulled up before next opened 12/1 touched 14/1 £7000-£500
PU Battle Group 10-13 Brendan Powell J Farrelly 8 14/1
Mid-division, lost place 9th, behind when pulled up before 11th opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £3600-£300 £8000-£500 £4200-£300
PU Ballynagour (IRE) 10-6 T Scudamore D Pipe 7 8/1
Mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, outpaced next, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 2 out opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £4500-£500 £4500-£500 £3600-£400
PU Gift Of Dgab (IRE) 10-1 B J Cooper A J Martin 9 20/1
Mid-division on outside, lost place 10th, behind when pulled up after 4 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
F Vino Griego (FR) 11-0 J E Moore G L Moore 8 25/1
Behind, hit 8th, under pressure when fell 3 out opened 20/1 touched 25/1
F Easter Meteor 10-3 L P Aspell Miss E C Lavelle 7 20/1
Tracked leader, led 10th (water), went left 3 out, narrow advantage when fell next opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £10000-£300

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.40,£4.30,£4.60,£4.90
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00 Swingers: 1&2:£25.10 2&3:£86.10 1&3:£58.10

Jackpot: £40,017.69 carried forward to Cheltenham, 17th Nov
Placepot: £149.40, Pool: £324052.7, 1582.51 winning tickets
Quadpot: £55.30, Pool: £24092.62, 321.9 winning tickets

Verdict

JOHNS SPIRIT provided Jonjo O'Neill with his second win in this race following Exotic Dancer's success in 2006 and, like Exotic Dancer, he was given a quiet ride, creeping his way through the field before being produced to challenge coming down the hill. In fact, connections felt that he was in front too soon following the fall of Easter Meteor and that that contributed to the six year old wandering around a little on the hill. He has now won both starts this season and one would suspect that he will come back here next month for the December Gold Cup, a race Exotic Dancer also won. The latter, co-incidentally, was also rated 139 and was able to defy a 10lb rise when following up and hopes would have to be high that Johns Spirit can also keep pace with the handicapper. Whether he can develop into a Grade One horse as his predecessor did is more debateable but he is clearly progressive and has time on his side with the ability to stay further which will help keep options open. There is a slight question as to whether he would have won had Colour Squadron not been hampered by Easter Meteor when moving through. The runner-up was a decent hurdler (albeit one who didn't progress as far as expected) and had been well supported for the handicap won by Rajdhani Express at the Festival. His jumping hindered his development as a novice but, although not perfect here, this was a vastly improved performance on that count and should enable him to continue to climb up the ranks. He should remain feasibly treated even after the handicapper has responded to this performance and will have to be taken seriously wherever he lines up next. Hidden Cyclone was in the front rank throughout and this probably rates a career best from a horse that has always been held in high regard by his trainer. This was his first run in cheekpieces which may have assisted but he will need to improve again in order to land a handicap as he's bound to go up for this run but he should continue to perform with credit in graded races in Ireland and connections must have the Ryanair in mind following this run. Attaglance shares some similarities with Colour Squadron in that he was also rated lower over fences than he was over hurdles after taking a while to get the hang of chasing. This was by far and away his best performance over the larger obstacles and the way that he stayed on after getting outpaced (and a moderate leap at the last) bodes well for the season ahead. He's still a novice (as is Colour Squadron) which will give connections plenty of options. Rajdhani Express ran another fine race but his performance suggests the handicapper may have his measure for now which is probably also true of Wishfull Thinking. Champion Court failed to live up to expectations and didn't keep on when headed as he has often done in the past, it's to be hoped that some hard races haven't left their mark and he could benefit from a confidence booster if connections can find a suitable opportunity. Ballynagour and Finian's Rainbow both travelled well up to a point but both weakened very quickly and have plenty to prove at present.