Today's racecards

Cheltenham

  • 15:20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 3m 2f 110y

  • Winner £313,225 2nd £117,535 3rd £58,850 4th £29,315
  • Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 7m 4.90s
  • Off time: 15:21:46
15:20 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Bobs Worth (IRE) 11/4
2nd Sir Des Champs (FR) 4/1
3rd Long Run (FR) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1/1321-1 Navy Blue, Scarlet stripe and cap Bobs Worth (IRE) 104
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance Winner
8 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 171 11/43.75
3 11-0511 WHITE, LIGHT BLUE spots, WHITE sleeves, LIGHT BLUE cap, WHITE spots Cape Tribulation 48
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-10 J M Jefferson D F O'Regan 165 12/113.00
4 3P4-122 Dark Blue, Light Blue hoop, checked sleeves and cap Captain Chris (IRE) 27
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-10 t P J Hobbs R Johnson 169 14/115.00
5 2213-21 Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Long Run (FR) 79
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
8 11-10 p1 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 172 7/24.50
6 3P-U113 Red, white stripe, white and red diabolo on sleeves Monbeg Dude (IRE) 27
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-10 M Scudamore S Twiston-Davies 138 40/141.00
7 241-111 Pink, large Purple spots, hooped sleeves Silviniaco Conti (FR) 34
Nag me
7 11-10 P F Nicholls R Walsh 175 4/15.00
8 111-241 Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap Sir Des Champs (FR) 34
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-10 W P Mullins A P McCoy 168 4/15.00
10 142-3P2 Red and White check, Black and White check sleeves, Royal Blue cap The Giant Bolster 34
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-10 D G Bridgwater T Scudamore 164 16/117.00
11 47P-21P Royal blue, yellow hoop, dark blue sleeves, royal blue and yellow quartered cap Wayward Prince 48
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-10 t1 Mrs H Parrott Jack Doyle 147 100/1101.00
Non runners
23-F1115Bog Warrior (IRE)911-10A J MartinNon Runner153
9P912-5PSunnyhillboy (IRE)1011-10Jonjo O'NeillA P McCoy152

Verdict

Sir Des Champs went some way towards redeeming his reputation when beating three rivals in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown last month but his overall form this season is some way below that of the home team. Silviniaco Conti has improved over the last 12 months and beat a possibly under-cooked LONG RUN and last year's Gold Cup second The Giant Bolster at Haydock in the autumn. His victory in the Denman Chase at Newbury last month, when The Giant Bolster was again behind, should have put him spot-on for this but he probably wouldn't relish a slog through the mud over this longer trip and his lack of experience over these fences is a big worry. We think Nicky Henderson holds all the aces in the meeting's blue riband contest and are going to take the Waley-Cohen's 2011 winner to regain his crown. Though he can sometimes let himself down with his jumping, the eight-year-old simply oozes class and showed he could also battle when wearing down Captain Chris to win the King George in the Kempton mud on Boxing Day. The smaller field this year is probably in his favour as he should have more time to measure his fences. Bobs Worth is the obvious danger and shouldn't be underestimated. Winner of the RSA Chase last season and successful in the Albert Bartlett 12 months earlier, he's been well backed for a Festival hat-trick and was hugely impressive when beating subsequent Grade 1 winner Tidal Bay in the Hennessy at Newbury in November. Cape Tribulation won over hurdles here a year ago and has got his act together lately over fences but needs to improve again on his win in the Argento Chase here in January to figure.