Cheltenham

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

  • Winner £285,050 2nd £106,950 3rd £53,550 4th £26,700
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 6m 29.50s
  • Off time: 15:20:19
15:20 Cheltenham Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Long Run (FR) 7/2
2nd Denman (IRE) 8/1
3rd Kauto Star (FR) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 242-664 White, Black diamond, Red sleeves and cap Carruthers 27
Nag meBeaten Favourite
8 11-10 M Bradstock Matthew Batchelor 146 66/167.00
3 42-1134 Yellow and Red chevrons, hooped cap China Rock (IRE) 34
Nag me
8 11-10 M F Morris B J Geraghty 158 25/126.00
4 F/1U24-3 DARK GREEN, WHITE chevron, LIGHT GREEN sleeves, DARK GREEN and WHITE check cap Denman (IRE) 111
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-10 P F Nicholls S Thomas 179 8/19.00
5 P251U-1 Black, White stars, striped sleeves, Black cap Imperial Commander (IRE) 118
Nag meCourse WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
10 11-10 N A Twiston-Davies P J Brennan 185 4/15.00
6 1/11F-13 Emerald Green, Yellow spots, Yellow and Emerald Green halved sleeves, Purple cap Kauto Star (FR) 62
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-10 t P F Nicholls R Walsh 174 5/16.00
7 1P1-3U1 Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Kempes (IRE) 34
Nag me
8 11-10 t1 W P Mullins A P McCoy 154 9/110.00
8 1113-31 Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Long Run (FR) 62
Nag me
6 11-10 N J Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 179 7/24.50
9 1-41111 BLACK and WHITE stripes, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE striped sleeves Midnight Chase 98
Nag meCourse Winner
9 11-10 N P Mulholland T Scudamore 163 9/110.00
10 F14/B01 YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Neptune Collonges (FR) 48
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-10 P F Nicholls R Thornton 168 33/134.00
11 1/111-P1 WHITE, maroon striped cap Pandorama (IRE) 80
Nag me
8 11-10 N Meade P Carberry 161 14/115.00
12 174-322 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Tidal Bay (IRE) 48
Nag meCourse Winner
10 11-10 J Howard Johnson B Hughes 166 16/117.00
13 1/111-18 Black, grey disc, armlets and cap Weird Al (IRE) 111
Nag meCourse Winner
8 11-10 Ian Williams J M Maguire 152 20/121.00
14 1/211-52 White, Royal Blue epaulets, White sleeves, Red spots, Royal Blue cap What A Friend 28
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse Winner
8 11-10 b1 P F Nicholls D A Jacob 159 25/126.00
Non runners
111-4FP1Albertas Run (IRE)1011-10Jonjo O'NeillR Johnson166

Verdict

Another fantastic renewal of the great race with the three most recent winners plus a brilliant young pretender in contention. IMPERIAL COMMANDER arrived in the race under the radar a year ago but put Kauto Star and Denman to the sword and was a very worthy winner. The two Paul Nicholls' superstars have had very light campaigns in preparation for this and must not be written off though it's difficult to see either reversing the form with Nigel Twiston-Davies' star, who can complete a famous double. Forget the statistics that suggest a six-year-old can't win a Gold Cup these days - Long Run was a classy hurdler at three and won a Grade 1 chase in France a year later. He devastated his rivals, including Kauto Star, in the King George and is the only one of the big four with further progress in him. The only blot is his two previous runs on the track ended in defeat though his trainer was probably only just getting to know him. It probably wasn't the greatest Grade 1 run at Leopardstown that Kempes won last month but Willie Mullins has always had faith in him and today's better ground and stiffer test could see him running into a place. Midnight Chase won a handicap here last April from a mark of 123 and though he's on a roll at the track with four successive victories it would take a leap of faith to see him complete a five-timer.