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Cheltenham

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

  • (grade 3 Handicap) £150,000 added 4yo+ 18 ran
  • Winner £85,515 2nd £32,085 3rd £16,065 4th £8,010
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 12.80s
  • Off time: 14:36:58

Full result

14:35 Cheltenham Result 13th November 2010
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Little Josh (IRE) 10-8 S Twiston-Davies (3) N A Twiston-Davies 8 20/1
Made all, clear 3 out, soon driven, stayed on strongly, ridden out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
2nd Dancing Tornado (IRE) 10-4 A P Heskin (5) M Hourigan 9 20/1
Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, stayed on under pressure approaching last, went 2nd flat, never reached winner opened 33/1 touched 33/1
3rd 2 Long Run (FR) 11-6 Mr S Waley-Cohen (5) N J Henderson 5 2/1f
In touch, not fluent 7th, driven to challenge when mistake 2 out, stayed on same pace opened 5/2 touched 5/2 £2750-£1000(x3) £2200-£800 £1100-£400 £5000-£2000(x3) £3000-£1200 £2500-£1000 £1500-£600(x2) £1000-£400(x4) £4500-£2000 £1800-£800(x3) £2000-£1000(x2)
4th 12 Mad Max (IRE) 11-5 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 8 15/2
Chased leaders, effort before 2 out, soon no impression opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £5000-£600(x8) £3200-£400
5th 6 Poquelin (FR) 11-12 Ian Popham (5) P F Nicholls 7 14/1
Held up in touch, hard driven approaching 3 out, soon under pressure, weakened before last opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £1800-£1000 £5000-£350
6th Great Endeavour (IRE) 10-4 Timmy Murphy D Pipe 6 5/1
Held up in touch, mistake 4th, chased leaders 8th, effort 3 out, soon weakened opened 5/1 touched 5/1 £2750-£500(x2) £5000-£1000 £2500-£500
7th Sunnyhillboy (IRE) 10-1 R P Mclernon (3) Jonjo O'Neill 7 12/1
Held up in rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, never on terms opened 11/1 touched 12/1 £15000-£1200
8th Edgbriar (FR) 10-7 D Elsworth P R Webber 8 33/1
Chased leaders, mistake 11th, ridden 13th, weakened after 3 out, behind when hampered next opened 33/1 touched 33/1
9th Pigeon Island 10-0 P J Brennan N A Twiston-Davies 7 25/1
Raced in rear, struggling 9th, some late headway, never nearer opened 25/1 touched 25/1
10th Catch Me (GER) 10-5 Andrew J McNamara E J O'Grady 8 10/1
Mid-division, blundered 9th, headway 13th, weakening when hampered 2 out opened 8/1 touched 10/1
11th 14 Passato (GER) 10-1 J E Moore Miss J S Davis 6 66/1
Mid-division, hard driven approaching 4 out, soon lost place opened 80/1 touched 80/1 £20000-£200
12th 5 Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 10-11 A P McCoy T J Taaffe 9 18/1
Tracked leader, jumped left 5 out, hard driven approaching 3 out, soon weakened opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £10000-£500
13th 6 The Sawyer (BEL) 10-8 Nathan Sweeney (7) R H Buckler 10 25/1
Held up in touch, pushed along approaching 11th, soon weakened opened 25/1 touched 25/1
PU Can't Buy Time (IRE) 10-7 D C Costello Jonjo O'Neill 8 50/1
Raced in rear, mistake 4th, detatched approaching 12th, pulled up 4 out opened 40/1 touched 50/1
PU Awesome George 10-0 Charlie Huxley (3) A King 6 33/1
Behind, soon pushed along, weakened before 9th, tailed off, pulled up after next opened 40/1 touched 40/1 £4000-£100(x8)
PU Door Boy (IRE) 10-0 B Hughes J Howard Johnson 7 40/1
Mid-division, hampered 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out opened 40/1 touched 40/1
F Tchico Polos (FR) (ex5) 11-1 N Fehily P F Nicholls 6 20/1
Mid-division, headway when fell 4 out opened 20/1 touched 22/1
F Gwanako (FR) 10-10 Nick Scholfield P F Nicholls 7 33/1
Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, ridden when fell 2 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
WN Gonebeyondrecall (IRE) 10-0 A E Lynch N F Glynn 7 66/1
NR Rory Boy (USA) 10-0 Non Runner N A Twiston-Davies 5

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £22.90 Tote Place: £3.60,4.60,1.40,2.00
Straight Forecast: £341.61 Exacta: £732.90 Trifecta: £4,925.50 Swingers: 1&2:174.90 2&3:33.10 1&3:18.90

Jackpot: £19,279.12 carried forward to Cheltenham, 14th Nov
Placepot: £118.90, Pool: £273848.56, 1680.94 winning tickets
Quadpot: £19.10, Pool: £19213.53, 743.34 winning tickets

Verdict

LITTLE JOSH led from pillar to post to record a remarkable success for Nigel Twiston-Davies and son Sam. A promising novice chaser who had had problems with his jumping last season but he was foot-perfect when dead-heating with Weird Al at Carlisle on his seasonal return and his fencing was nigh-on exemplary here with the exception of the twelfth as he reached for that ditch on the second circuit. There were other front-runners in the field but Little Josh was, rather surprisingly, allowed his own way out in front as others opted not to take him on. He made this into a really good test under a fine ride from his promising conditional and led from Edgbriar, Finger On the Pulse, Mad Max and Great Endeavour in the early stages with Long Run and Poquelin a couple of places further back in midfield with Mad Max and Great Endeavour given plenty of daylight on the outside. Tchico Polos took a heavy fall four from home at the fence at the top of the hill as Little Josh started to stretch the field but Mad Max and Long Run looked to be travelling very well about 6 lengths back with Great Endeavour still there on the outside in fourth with Poquelin creeping closer but the chasing pack never managed to close the gap however and he was kept up to his work to win by two and three quarter lengths. Mad Max found disappointingly little for pressure and faded to finish fourth, it's possible that he blew up on his return or that the breathing problems that have plagued this giant gelding resurfaced or he may simply be better on a flat track despite his good run in the Arkle. Dancing Tornado was well backed beforehand and ran on strongly from off the pace to snatch second and will do well when stepped back up in trip. Long Run was the talk of the town prior to the race but he was slow in the air over a number of flights and made several niggling mistakes which certainly didn't help his cause; it's possible that he may already need a stiffer test and he remains a horse of immense promise albeit unfulfilled at this stage. Great Endeavour didn't jump as well as he can but had every chance on his seasonal return; connections had put his improved form at the Festival down to the quicker ground and it's possible that the softer conditions caught him out whilst the lack of a run may also have told. Poquelin ran well in fifth until his big weight told whilst Sunnyhillboy made some late progress from the rear of the field and has a similar contest in him from his current mark; possibly back on a better surface. Catch Me had shown great promise in a truncated novice season but his jumping wasn't good enough in his first big field handicap but he remains on an interesting mark if he can improve with experience. Little Josh is expected to return to the track for the similar handicap next month.