Today's racecards

Cheltenham

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

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 44.95s
  • Off time: 15:20:48
15:20 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Kauto Star (FR) 7/4
2nd Denman (IRE) 7/1
3rd Exotic Dancer (FR) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 511-225 Black, Light Blue star, Light Blue sleeves, Black stars, Light Blue cap Air Force One (GER) 77
Nag me
7 11-10 C J Mann N Fehily 159 16/117.00
2 13-4P23 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Albertas Run (IRE) 34
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-10 Jonjo O'Neill D Elsworth 165 14/115.00
3 4121-21 Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe Barbers Shop 98
Nag me
7 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 159 10/111.00
4 9P/59PP- Emerald Green, White star, Emerald Green and Black striped sleeves, White cap, Black star Cerium (FR) 322
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
8 11-10 Paul Murphy K Mercer 139 300/1301.00
5 1/1111-2 Purple, Grey hooped sleeves Denman (IRE) 34
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 P F Nicholls S Thomas 182 7/18.00
6 353-231 Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, pink cap Exotic Dancer (FR) 75
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-10 p Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 174 8/19.00
7 242-232 Emerald Green, Red star, White sleeves, Red stars, Red cap Halcon Genelardais (FR) 48
Nag meBeaten Favourite
9 11-10 p1 A King R Thornton 164 40/141.00
8 122-1U1 Emerald Green, Yellow spots, Yellow and Emerald Green halved sleeves, Purple cap Kauto Star (FR) 77
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-10 t P F Nicholls R Walsh 177 7/42.75
9 16UP-18 EMERALD GREEN, WHITE stars, EMERALD GREEN cap, WHITE star Knowhere (IRE) 104
Nag meCourse Winner
11 11-10 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 155 100/1101.00
10 25F-611 Purple, Yellow triple diamond, Yellow sleeves, Red armlets, Red cap Madison Du Berlais (FR) 34
Nag meDistance Winner
8 11-10 p D Pipe T Scudamore 169 10/111.00
11 2P-7UU3 Emerald Green and Maroon (halved), sleeves reversed, Emerald Green and Maroon quartered cap Miko de Beauchene (FR) 27
Nag me
9 11-10 R H & Mrs S Alner A Thornton 153 150/1151.00
12 3202/3-5 white and black halved, red sleeves and cap My Will (FR) 104
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-10 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 152 100/1101.00
13 3131-F1 YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Neptune Collonges (FR) 26
Nag me
8 11-10 P F Nicholls Christian Williams 174 15/28.50
14 225-13P Light Blue, Orange chevrons, Light Blue sleeves and cap Roll Along (IRE) 48
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-10 C Llewellyn G Lee 155 40/141.00
15 31327P Dark Blue and White diabolo, hooped sleeves and cap Snoopy Loopy (IRE) 48
Nag meDistance Winner
11 11-10 b P Bowen S E Durack 165 66/167.00
16 11/3-924 Mauve and pink check, white sleeves, light green cap Star De Mohaison (FR) 48
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-10 t P F Nicholls Timmy Murphy 159 20/121.00

Verdict

Impressive when successful 12 months ago, Denman was disappointing on his belated reappearance at Kempton five weeks ago when well held behind the improving Madison Du Berlais and it is difficult to see him retaining his crown following that effort and a safer bet looks to be stable companion KAUTO STAR. Himself impressive when winning here two years ago, the Clive Smith-owned gelding looked beaten when unseating Sam Thomas at Haydock in November but was back to his best in the King George subsequently and he is taken to reclaim the crown that he won in 2007. Kauto Star's trainer Paul Nicholls has a strong hand in the Gold Cup being responsible for not just the last two winners of the race but also My Will and Star De Mohaison plus last season's third Neptune Collonges, who is the pick of this trio and comes here on the back of success in Leopardstown's Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup. Jonjo O'Neill's Exotic Dancer is capable but has been held by Kauto Star on too many occasions to be considered likely to beat the selection and of more interest may be the progressive Barbers Shop. Nicky Henderson's gelding would be a popular winner and good for the sport being owned by The Queen. The seven-year-old found just Finger Onthe Pulse too good in the Jewson last year but he has carried on improving this term and has to be respected given his trainers fine record at the meeting. Charlie Mann's Air Force One deserves to win a big prize but he may find this trip in this company beyond him, while Jonjo O'Neill's Albertas Run has a bit to find with the selection on their running in the King George but may do better over this more testing track. Madison Du Berlais is improving rapidly and has to be considered but there are doubts concerning the form of his Kempton victory and a safer bet looks to be Kauto Star, who can claim his second Gold Cup.