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Cheltenham

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

  • (Grade 3 Handicap) £160,000 added 4yo+ 18 ran
  • Winner £91,120 2nd £34,192 3rd £17,120 4th £8,528
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 5m 25.75s
  • Off time: 14:35:14

Full result

14:35 Cheltenham Result 17th November 2012
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st Al Ferof (FR) 11-8 R Walsh P F Nicholls 7 8/1
Took keen hold in touch, headway to chase leaders 9th, went 2nd 4 out, challenged on bit 3 out, soon led, ridden and stayed on strongly run-in opened 9/1 touched 10/1 £10000-£1000(x3)
2nd 3 Walkon (FR) 10-6 R Thornton A King 7 7/1
In touch, headway approaching 3 out, chased winner before next and every chance, held last, no extra run-in, stayed on for clear 2nd opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £2400-£300
3rd 12 Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 10-8 A P McCoy N J Henderson 6 12/1
Chased leaders, ridden and every chance 3 out, driven and one pace before 2 out, went 3rd before mistake last, opened 12/1 touched 12/1 £12000-£1000
4th 6 Casey Top (IRE) 10-0 M A Enright (5) L Whitmore 9 40/1
Led, not fluent and headed 3 out, chased winner until approaching 2 out, no extra in 4th before last opened 33/1 touched 40/1
5th Questions Answered (IRE) 10-0 Aidan Coleman E McNamara 7 25/1
Towards rear, blundered 11th, staying on when hit 3 out, went modest 5th 2 out opened 25/1 touched 25/1
6th 31 Aerial (FR) 11-4 D A Jacob P F Nicholls 6 25/1
Mid-division on outside, headway to chase leaders 11th, weakened 4 out, tailed off opened 25/1 touched 25/1
PU Poquelin (FR) 11-12 Harry Derham (7) P F Nicholls 9 33/1
Held up towards rear, awkward and screwed 11th, tailed off next, pulled up 4 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
PU Calgary Bay (IRE) 11-7 D Elsworth M R Channon 9 16/1
Held up and behind, slightly hampered 8th, tailed off 10th, pulled up soon after opened 20/1 touched 20/1
PU Hunt Ball (IRE) 11-6 Nick Scholfield K Burke 7 9/1
Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 9th, weakened under pressure after 4 out, pulled up before 2 out opened 8/1 touched 9/1 £8000-£1000 £5000-£550(x2) £3200-£400
PU Grands Crus (FR) 11-6 T Scudamore D Pipe 7 7/4f
Held up in rear, steady headway 12th, chased leaders 3 out, ridden and weakening when pulled up approaching next opened 2/1 touched 2/1 £9000-£4000 £4500-£2000(x3) £3600-£1600(x2) £1125-£500 £900-£400 £844-£375 £675-£300 £10000-£5000 £8000-£4000 £6000-£3000 £3000-£1500 £2000-£1000 £3750-£2000 £1000-£500 £525-£300
PU Quantitativeeasing (IRE) 11-4 A Tinkler N J Henderson 7 20/1
Behind, ridden and struggling after 8th, blundered next, tailed off and pulled up soon after opened 20/1 touched 20/1
PU Forpadydeplasterer (IRE) 10-13 P J Brennan T Cooper 10 20/1
Behind, blundered 9th and 11th, tailed off and pulled up 4 out opened 20/1 touched 20/1
PU Micheal Flips (IRE) 10-8 B Hughes Andrew Turnell 8 20/1
Towards rear, slightly hampered 8th, no chance when blundered badly 3 out, pulled up before next opened 20/1 touched 20/1
PU The Disengager (IRE) 10-4 R Johnson P J Hobbs 8 40/1
Chased leader, mistake 3rd, hit 9th, lost 2nd 4 out, chased leaders until blundered and weakened next, pulled up before 2 out opened 40/1 touched 40/1
PU Triolo D'alene (FR) 10-1 B J Geraghty N J Henderson 5 12/1
Towards rear, effort 10th, weakened before 12th, tailed off and eased 4 out, pulled up before 2 out opened 12/1 touched 14/1 £4200-£300
PU Kingsmere 10-0 S Twiston-Davies H D Daly 7 25/1
Chased leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, behind and pulled up before next opened 25/1 touched 25/1
PU Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 10-0 Maurice Linehan (7) Jonjo O'Neill 11 33/1
Chased leaders, weakened soon after 4 out, behind and pulled up before 2 out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
F Gilbarry (IRE) 10-0 R P Mclernon Jonjo O'Neill 7 66/1
In mid-division until blundered and fell 8th opened 100/1 touched 100/1
NR Tanks For That (IRE) 11-4 Non Runner N J Henderson 9
NR Divers (FR) 10-1 Timmy Murphy Ferdy Murphy 8

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £9.10 Tote Place: £2.70,2.30,2.50,7.30
Straight Forecast: £57.71 Exacta: £68.20 Trifecta: £1,137.30 Swingers: 1&2:20.10 2&3:30.80 1&3:21.20

Jackpot: £65,769.68 carried forward to Cheltenham, 18th Nov
Placepot: £195.70, Pool: £292363.75, 1090.31 winning tickets
Quadpot: £146.60, Pool: £13920.41, 70.22 winning tickets

Verdict

If Ruby Walsh had any doubts as to whether AL FEROF would benefit from the step up in trip, he certainly showed no fear in the ride he gave the winner. Keeping him wide and handy throughout, his partner settled perfectly despite seeing plenty of daylight and skipped over the fences while others began to blunder away their chances. Turning for home it seemed that there were still half a dozen in with a chance, but Walsh had kept something up his sleeve and the winner was comfortably able to deal with the challenge of the admirable Walkon after the final fence. It's all too easy to be clever after the event but on pedigree Al Ferof might well have been crying out for this greater test. His sire Dom Alco produces very few horses who don't appreciate three miles and beyond. As such the move up to three miles and next month's King George VI Chase looks entirely justifiable. He was winning here off a mark of 159 and a rise of 8-10lb will make his life very hard in handicap company in any case. Walkon joined Al Ferof at the second last but was unable to match his effort from that point. It was a hugely-creditable performance and he will surely get back on the winning trail soon. Nadiya De La Vega was right in the firing line two out but just faltered in the closing stages. She has gone best fresh in the past and could be the sort who has a quiet time in the depths of winter before returning for a crack at a decent prize in the spring. Casey Top relished being able to adopt his usual frontrunning role and earns full marks for effort. Quicker ground might have helped. Only six finished and that tells its own story about the influence that a relatively small amount of overnight rain ultimately had on the ground. Grands Crus was reported by Tom Scudamore to have never been travelling but he was still in the perfect spot to challenge three out before dropping away. He is worth another chance and might maybe prefer being able to dominate his races. Hunt Ball was under pressure before three out and disappointed, but The Disengager deserves credit for his performance as he was right there on ground that was far more testing than he appreciates before tiring after three out.