Today's racecards

Cheltenham

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

  • Winner £284,750 2nd £106,850 3rd £53,500 4th £26,650
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 36.20s
  • Off time: 15:20:15
15:20 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Synchronised (IRE) 8/1
2nd The Giant Bolster 50/1
3rd Long Run (FR) 7/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 1121/2-2 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Burton Port (IRE) 28
Nag me
8 11-10 N J Henderson B J Geraghty 166 8/19.00
2 649-31P White, Black diamond, Red sleeves and cap Carruthers 80
Nag meDistance Winner
9 11-10 t M Bradstock Matthew Batchelor 151 100/1101.00
3 134P-45 Yellow and Red chevrons, hooped cap China Rock (IRE) 33
Nag me
9 11-10 M F Morris A E Lynch 150 100/1101.00
4 11P/1-45 White, Red triple diamond, Royal Blue sleeves, White stars, White cap, Red diamonds Diamond Harry 48
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-10 Nick Williams N Fehily 160 20/121.00
5 133-P11 Emerald Green, Yellow spots, Yellow and Emerald Green halved sleeves, Purple cap Kauto Star (FR) 81
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
12 11-10 t P F Nicholls R Walsh 183 3/14.00
6 5-02632 White, royal blue hoop, chevrons on sleeves, yellow cap Knockara Beau (IRE) 30
Nag me
9 11-10 G A Charlton Jan Faltejsek 147 66/167.00
7 311-221 Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Long Run (FR) 28
Nag meCourse and Distance Winner
7 11-10 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 182 7/42.75
8 115-F31 BLACK and WHITE stripes, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE striped sleeves Midnight Chase 48
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-10 N P Mulholland D C Costello 163 12/113.00
10 13-P731 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Synchronised (IRE) 79
Nag me
9 11-10 Jonjo O'Neill A P McCoy 167 8/19.00
11 4U7214 Red and White check, Black and White check sleeves, Royal Blue cap The Giant Bolster 28
Nag meCourse Winner
7 11-10 D G Bridgwater T Scudamore 160 50/151.00
12 216-B43 Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap The Midnight Club (IRE) 43
Nag meBeaten Favourite
11 11-10 W P Mullins P Townend 145 100/1101.00
13 15-2514 Purple and Pink diamonds, Pink sleeves, Purple armlets, Purple cap Time For Rupert (IRE) 48
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
8 11-10 P R Webber D F O'Regan 153 33/134.00
14 1/18P-13 Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Weird Al (IRE) 118
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-10 D McCain Jnr J M Maguire 164 8/19.00
15 524P-33 White, Royal Blue epaulets, White sleeves, Red spots, Royal Blue cap What A Friend 28
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-10 b P F Nicholls D A Jacob 165 25/126.00
Non runners
9FF-B111Quel Esprit (FR)811-10W P MullinsP Townend150

Verdict

Kauto Star hasn't got as many miles on the clock as most 12-year-olds and has beaten LONG RUN twice this season. But it's been a race against time to get the former champion to The Festival after a schooling fall a couple of weeks ago and there's no question that this 3m2f trip stretches his stamina to the absolute limit. Nicky Henderson's eight-year-old left Kauto Star toiling in his wake here 12 months ago, despite making several serious errors, and this has been his target all season. With the yard in fantastic form all week, it's difficult to see the reigning champion being overturned today as long as he treats the fences with respect. Henderson also saddles Burton Port, who ran his stable companion close in the Denman Chase at Newbury last month but was receiving 10lb on that occasion. He has form at The Festival and has each-way claims, however, though a bigger danger may be the still-improving Synchronised. The ground may be a little faster than ideal but McCoy's mount took the step up to Grade 1 company in his stride at Leopardstown over Christmas, though is taken on stronger opposition again today. Quel Esprit has started to fulfil his potential this season but these fences will test him to the full and What A Friend and Midnight Chase, among several others, weren't good enough 12 months ago and are unlikely to do much better this time.