Today's racecards

Results search

Cheltenham

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

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £150,000 added 4yo+ 20 ran
  • Winner £85,425 2nd £32,055 3rd £16,050 4th £7,995
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 1.20s
  • Off time: 14:35:43

Great Endeavour strikes Gold

Pipe team dominate with gallant grey

Last Updated: 12/11/11 3:18pm

  • Share:
Great Endeavour: Paddy Power winner

Great Endeavour: Paddy Power winner

Great Endeavour provided David Pipe with a first victory in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.

In a race his father, Martin, used to dominate, Pipe's grey survived a scare at the final fence to come home in isolation.

A gamble on Wishfull Thinking went astray as he faded coming down the hill, leaving Quantitativeeasing to chase home the winner, who strode clear by seven lengths.

Divers was third, with Aerial fourth.

Special

Murphy said: "He (Pipe) knows how to train winners, which makes my job easier.

"This is a bit special. He had a great novice year - low profile - and he's improved all the time."

The 8-1 chance was well fancied for the race last year but could fare no better than sixth, but Timmy Murphy always looked confident on the David Johnson-owned seven-year-old.

Richard Johnson set a furious early pace on Wishfull Thinking but the challengers were stacking up half a mile out.

Dave's Dream looked threatening, along with Fine Parchment, but nothing was able to land a blow once Murphy went for home.

The ante-post favourite, Mon Parrain, could never get involved.

Murphy added: "It's great for his owner, David Johnson. "He's probably lacked a bit of quality since we retired all the good ones, but it's nice for him to have a good winner on a day like today."

Praise

Pipe said: "That was brilliant - it was Timmy at his best. He got a good start and everything fell into place.

"I couldn't believe how well he jumped and travelled, and then you just hope he can keep going as it's a long way up that hill.

"Timmy can only be as good as the horses he rides and it's the same for a trainer.

"He (Great Endeavour) has been flying at home - he's a good work-horse.

"We've always thought he was a good horse - he's won at the Festival and we fancied him last year - but for some reason things just didn't work out.

"He's off a higher mark but obviously he's still improving. Things just didn't happen at the Festival for him last year and at Aintree he was over the top.

"It's great for David Johnson and everyone back at the yard."

Johnson said: "It's the seventh time I've won it so it's been a lucky race for me.

"I've punched above my weight thanks to Martin, and now David.

"Timmy gave him a peach of a ride."

Future

Of a potential outing for Great Endeavour in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury later this month, Pipe added: "We'll just have to see how he comes out of this, but the trip might be a bit far."

Nicky Henderson said of runner-up Quantitativeeasing: "He's run a great race, but it's a shame because he keeps bumping into something that's too good.

"He deserves to win a decent race but it's hard because you've got to keep running in races like this."

"The ground was too soft for Dave's Dream and I'm not sure he gets two and a half miles on this anyway."

Mark Ball, racing manager for Let's Live Racing, the owners of Divers, said: "Graham (Lee) said that he hated the ground and that magnifies how well he has run.

"He's had to go all around the houses so it was a great ride from Graham.

"I think we'll come back here in December and then look towards a spring campaign."

Great Endeavour is 8-1 from 20s for the Hennesy with Sky Bet.

Matt Doyle of Sky Bet said: "Great Endeavour has renewed the Pipe stranglehold on the Paddy Power and in the process been promoted to favouritism for the Hennessy but there are questions marks over his stamina for the longer 3m2f trip."

  • Share: