Today's racecards

Cheltenham

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

  • Winner £85,425 2nd £32,055 3rd £16,050 4th £7,995
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 1.20s
  • Off time: 14:35:43
14:35 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Great Endeavour (IRE) 8/1
2nd Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 20/1
3rd Divers (FR) 20/1
4th Aerial (FR) 33/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 25141-5 BLACK and WHITE (halved), RED sleeves and cap Poquelin (FR) 14
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-12 P F Nicholls David Prichard (7) 170 25/126.00
2 12121-1 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Wishfull Thinking 190
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-6 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 164 7/24.50
3 83124-3 YELLOW, BLACK chevron, check cap Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 11
Nag meCourse Winner
9 10-9 C L Tizzard Brendan Powell (10) 153 33/134.00
4 43-2512 Yellow, Dark Blue chevron, White sleeves, Red cap Loosen My Load (IRE) 34
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
7 10-9 H De Bromhead A E Lynch 153 16/117.00
5 12/5312- YELLOW, PURPLE hoops and armlets, hooped cap Mon Parrain (FR) 218
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 10-8 P F Nicholls R Walsh 152 9/25.50
6 41/62F6- ROYAL BLUE, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, WHITE cap, EMERALD GREEN spots Great Endeavour (IRE) 217
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 10-3 D Pipe Timmy Murphy 147 8/19.00
7 1340/10- Light Blue, Red stars, Light Blue cap, Red star Dave's Dream (IRE) 336
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
8 10-3 p1 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 147 9/110.00
8 52F112- Yellow, Orange star, Orange sleeves, Yellow stars, Yellow cap, Orange star Holmwood Legend 213
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 10-3 K Burke J W Farrelly 147 33/134.00
9 1F1UF-4 Red and White check, Black and White check sleeves, Royal Blue cap The Giant Bolster 21
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
6 10-2 p D G Bridgwater T Scudamore 146 10/111.00
10 300-701 Emerald green, yellow hoops, emerald green and yellow quartered cap Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 57
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 10-2 t T J Taaffe P Carberry 146 33/134.00
11 56242F- Dark Green, Maroon stars, Maroon cap Calgary Bay (IRE) 217
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 10-2 Miss H C Knight Hadden Frost 146 20/121.00
12 22211-2 Yellow, Red spots Araldur (FR) 15
Nag meDistance Winner
7 10-0 A King R Thornton 144 12/113.00
13 13F7-4U Orange and Yellow check, Orange sleeves, Yellow cap Noble Alan (GER) 49
Nag meDistance Winner
8 10-0 N G Richards D C Costello 142 20/121.00
14 7/7112-0 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 201
Nag me
6 10-0 N J Henderson A Tinkler 142 20/121.00
15 1/114P-2 White and Red stripes, Black and White halved sleeves, Black cap Swincombe Rock 35
Nag meDistance Winner
6 10-0 N A Twiston-Davies David England 140 40/141.00
16 5F4712- RED, WHITE seams, ROYAL BLUE and WHITE hooped sleeves and cap Aerial (FR) 216
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 10-0 P F Nicholls Ryan Mahon (3) 140 33/134.00
17 12123-5 Light Blue, White chevrons, White sleeves, Light Blue armlets, Light Blue and White striped cap Tullamore Dew (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance Winner
9 10-0 N J Gifford L Treadwell 140 20/121.00
18 15911-P Light blue, brown stripe and armlets Divers (FR) 13
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 10-0 Ferdy Murphy G Lee 139 20/121.00
19 35028-1 LIGHT BLUE, MAROON stars and sleeves, LIGHT BLUE cap Billie Magern 28
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 10-0 N A Twiston-Davies S Twiston-Davies 139 20/121.00
20 1821U-2 Dark Blue, Lilac sleeves, Lilac and White quartered cap Fine Parchment (IRE) 21
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
8 10-0 t C J Mann Peter Carberry (5) 138 33/134.00

Verdict

With Poquelin standing his ground, nine of this field are forced to race out of the handicap proper. Quantitativeeasing, Aerial and Divers have each-way claims among that group and Fine Parchment jumped well and travelled strongly on his reappearance at Aintree until lack of condition told. Poquelin's stablemate Mon Parrain has been the subject of sustained ante-post support this week as Ruby Walsh's mount won by 22 lengths at Sandown on his UK debut in March and looked likely to follow up in the Topham Chase at Aintree the following month until weakening on the long run for home. There's more to come from Paul Nicholls' five-year-old but this in another hugely competitive renewal and there'll be plenty of interest in Wishfull Thinking, who never stopped improving last season. He was second in a Grade 2 over 2m4f at The Festival at Cheltenham in March before winning at Aintree and Punchestown, though form lines suggest he has to progress again to confirm course running with Loosen My Load. Calgary Bay could run well at a big price and Great Endeavour was a leading fancy here 12 months ago but could only finish sixth and races off a 5lb higher mark this year. THE GIANT BOLSTER hails from an unfashionable yard and has come to grief in three of his last four runs over fences but he has plenty of ability and may well have given the classy Time For Rupert something to think about had he not crashed out here a year ago. All the better for a spin over hurdles last month, he's very attractively weighted if a summer's schooling has ironed out his jumping problems and David Bridgwater's six-year-old gets the vote.