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Cheltenham

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

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £150,000 added 4yo+ 20 ran
  • Winner £85,425 2nd £32,055 3rd £16,050 4th £7,995
  • Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 1.20s
  • Off time: 14:35:43

Full result

14:35 Cheltenham Result 12th November 2011
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Great Endeavour (IRE) 10-3 Timmy Murphy D Pipe 7 8/1
Tracked leaders, went 2nd 8th, led 3 out, clear when mistake last, comfortably opened 10/1 touched 10/1 £10000-£1000 £10000-£1000 £5000-£500 £5000-£500 £5000-£600
2nd 7 Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 10-0 A Tinkler N J Henderson 6 20/1
Held up, hampered 6th, headway 12th, went 2nd after 3 out until after 2 out, stayed on to go 2nd again flat, well held by winner opened 16/1 touched 20/1
3rd Divers (FR) 10-0 G Lee Ferdy Murphy 7 20/1
Held up in rear, headway after 4 out, chased winner after 2 out, no impression, demoted to 3rd and one pace flat opened 18/1 touched 20/1
4th Aerial (FR) 10-0 Ryan Mahon (3) P F Nicholls 5 33/1
Mid-division, hit 6th and 9th, blundered 11th, headway approaching 3 out, went 4th 2 out, stayed on opened 25/1 touched 33/1
5th 13 Billie Magern 10-0 S Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies 7 20/1
Prominent, lost place 7th, hit next, rallied approaching 3 out, no impression before next opened 20/1 touched 20/1
6th Wishfull Thinking 11-6 R Johnson P J Hobbs 8 7/2f
Prominent, led approaching 4th, hit 8th, headed 3 out, weakened next opened 5/1 touched 5/1 £10000-£1600 £5500-£1000 £5000-£900 £2750-£500 £2200-£400 £20000-£4000 £5000-£1000(x2) £2500-£500 £2000-£400 £9000-£2000(x3) £2250-£500(x2) £1800-£400 £4000-£1000(x4) £10500-£3000
7th ½ Mon Parrain (FR) 10-8 R Walsh P F Nicholls 5 9/2
Held up in touch, hampered 9th, lost place and pushed along when hampered 11th, well beaten after 4 out opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £20000-£4000 £7500-£1500 £5000-£1000 £5000-£1000 £2500-£500 £9000-£2000 £2700-£600(x2) £1800-£400
8th 6 Calgary Bay (IRE) 10-2 Hadden Frost Miss H C Knight 8 20/1
Prominent, mistake 6th, lost place 12th, well beaten after 4 out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
9th hd Fine Parchment (IRE) 10-0 Peter Carberry (5) C J Mann 8 33/1
In touch, pushed along approaching 6th, weakened approaching 2 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
10th hd Araldur (FR) 10-0 R Thornton A King 7 12/1
Held up towards rear, hit 3rd and 8th, blundered badly and struggling from 11th opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £28000-£2000
11th 1 Dave's Dream (IRE) 10-3 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 8 9/1
Held up in touch, jumped left 9th, 3rd 4 out, weakened after next opened 9/1 touched 9/1 £20000-£2000 £4000-£400 £10000-£1100 £9000-£1000
12th 5 Oiseau de Nuit (FR) 10-9 Brendan Powell (10) C L Tizzard 9 33/1
Held up in mid-division, headway when bad mistake 11th and lost place, no impression after, well beaten from 4 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £8000-£200 £13200-£400
13th 10 Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 10-2 P Carberry T J Taaffe 10 33/1
Mid-division, struggling from 12th opened 40/1 touched 40/1
14th ½ Swincombe Rock 10-0 David England N A Twiston-Davies 6 40/1
Held up, ridden and struggling from 8th, well behind 4 out opened 40/1 touched 40/1
15th 2 Loosen My Load (IRE) 10-9 A E Lynch H De Bromhead 7 16/1
Held up, struggling 10th, well behind 4 out opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £8000-£500
16th 5 Holmwood Legend 10-3 J W Farrelly K Burke 10 33/1
Led, mistake 2nd, headed approaching 4th, hit 9th, weakened 4 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
F Tullamore Dew (IRE) 10-0 L Treadwell N J Gifford 9 20/1
Held up in rear, fell 11th opened 20/1 touched 20/1 £11000-£500
UR Poquelin (FR) 11-12 David Prichard (7) P F Nicholls 8 25/1
Mid-division, hampered 1st, headway 11th, 8th when blundered and unseated rider 3 out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
UR The Giant Bolster 10-2 T Scudamore D G Bridgwater 6 10/1
Mistake and unseated rider 1st opened 12/1 touched 12/1
UR Noble Alan (GER) 10-0 D C Costello N G Richards 8 20/1
Held up in rear, headway 12th, 7th when blundered and unseated rider 4 out opened 18/1 touched 20/1

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £8.40 Tote Place: £2.70,5.50,5.40,11.40
Straight Forecast: £158.90 Exacta: £212.70 Trifecta: £5,245.30 Swingers: 1&2:75.80 2&3:53.80 1&3:55.60

Jackpot: £50,000.00, Pool: £29101.45, 1.0 winning tickets
Placepot: £1,295.00, Pool: £292330.94, 164.78 winning tickets
Quadpot: £246.90, Pool: £18802.25, 56.35 winning tickets

Verdict

A good renewal of this competitive handicap that has a history of throwing up smart performers, many of whom have gone on to win at Graded level. It remains to be seen whether GREAT ENDEAVOUR can follow suit but this was a very good performance from the 7 year old who's in his third season over fences but making just his ninth chase start. It was also a notable first victory in the race for his trainer whose father dominated this handicap over the years. Great Endeavour had been a well-backed second favourite behind Long Run 12 months ago but could finish only sixth. He failed to win in three other starts last season but had been in the process of running a big race in the three mile handicap at the Festival when falling. He was ridden prominently by Timmy Murphy who was content to let Richard Johnson go on aboard Wishfull Thinking on the first circuit and he judged the pace to perfection. He jumped well apart from a fairly serious mistake at the last when he and his jockey appeared to get their wires crossed but he had plenty left in the tank and powered up the hill. Connections have always believed that he'd stay further so it was no surprise to see his odds slashed for the Hennessy (a race he was entered for last year) and Celestial Gold did win both races for connections in 2004. Quantitativeeasing was surprisingly weak in the market given his good run at the Festival and the record of second season novices in this contest. He had looked a non-stayer when last seen in the Irish National but his run here suggested that a step up to three miles will help to show him in a better light and he's capable of winning a big prize this winter. Divers - in front of the runner-up at the Festival - had disappointed on his return on unsuitably soft ground but left that effort behind; his shrewd handler is sure to have other big-race targets in mind for his 7 year old who wouldn't have been helped by the overnight rain. Aerial received a hefty rise in the weights for an easy win in a poor race at Wincanton and had had a breathing operation after disappointing on his only other start for the yard. The operation has clearly worked and there should be more to come from the 5 year old who appears ideally suited by testing conditons. Billie Magern was always up with the pace and ran a blinder on this step up in class despite coming up short; his sights may need to be lowered for the time being but he can win more races. Wishfull Thinking was heavily supported with talk of King Georges and Gold Cups being bandied about but he had no more to offer from three out. In hindsight, connections may regret having made as much use of him as they did although a couple of mistakes going out onto the second circuit wouldn't have helped. Mon Parrain was easy to back on the day and ultimately disappointing with connections believing that he now needs further although some observers had thought him to be a speed horse. It will be interesting to see where he goes next and if he can reproduce his impressive homework on the track. Calgary Bay is a little onepaced at this trip and has no secrets from the handicapper and was racing on ground that was softer than preferred; connections may decide to campaign him with another tilt at the Grand National in mind. Fine Parchment improved by over 20lbs last season and ran well but was readily left behind by the classier performers that he met here and looks as though he needs to be dropped back in grade. Dave's Dream has a good record fresh and was well touted but didn't appear to get home over this longer trip. Loosen My Load was disappointing even allowing for the overnight rain not being ideal and has a little to prove after also disappointing at Limerick. Noble Alan was in the process of running a big race when unseating but that is becoming an all too familiar tale for Nicky Richards' talented 8 year old who clearly has the ability to win one of these prizes if he can put a clear round together.