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13:50 Cheltenham

Good To Soft

Racing Post Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

  • Prize money: £74035
  • 2m 4f 127y
  • Class 1
  • 13 runners
  • Win time: 5m 10s
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Racing Post Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (GBB Race)

Runners: 15 runners

Type: Chase Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Showers

9/1 (Won)

  • Win: £13.90
  • Place: £3.90

Form: 344-2F C

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 12lb

10 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Still in the lead but strongly challenged by Midnight Shadow when falling two out in the Paddy Power here last month, a race he'd won in 2020; likely player on those pieces of form but he was below par (weakened into sixth) in this contest last year; same mark today.

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7th

3

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 10lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

jumped slightly right throughout, led narrowly, joined 11th, ridden when headed before 2 out, weakened approaching last

10/1

8th

11

16th Mar 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 0lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

The winner of three major handicap chases over 2m4f at this venue, including this contest (off 2lb higher on soft ground) 12 months ago; however, his Cheltenham form this season (three visits) has taken a turn for the worse, with advancing years a likely factor (now a 12yo).

25/1

10th

3

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Coole Cody

11st 7lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Evan Williams

Fortuitous success in two-runner Grade 2 at Ascot two starts ago; the winner of three major handicap chases over 2m4f at this venue, albeit off lower marks; less likely to bag another one now aged 12.

14/1

12/1

  • Place: £3.70

Form: FP6-36

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Only 1-8 over fences but hasn't always had the best of fortune and, along with stablemate Dostal Phil, he stayed on from a difficult position in the Paddy Power here last time (dead-heated for sixth); still unexposed over 2m4f; possibilities if this race pans out better.

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12th

6

2nd Dec 2023

Good To Soft

3m 1f 214y

Class 1

14:50 Newbury

Zanza

10st 13lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

Tailed off over hurdles here on final run last season and same story on last month's return; something to prove regarding current form but chasing is his game nowadays and he has an excellent record here, including a convincing win in the Grade 2 Denman Chase in February (2m7f, good); on a handy mark on that form and could go well at his favourite track now back over fences.

16/1

10th

3

9th Nov 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

14:25 Newbury

Zanza

11st 9lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

His last five wins have been here, in two handicap hurdles and three chases (the latest a Grade 2); soft ground was an excuse when disappointing on his return to hurdling (now rated 16lb higher over fences) here in March and he's a feasible contender.

12/1

7th

1

24th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

3m 0f 52y

Class 3

15:10 Newbury

Zanza

12st 0lb

J: Micheal Nolan

T: Philip Hobbs & Johnson White

His last five wins have been here, in two handicap hurdles and three chases (the latest a Grade 2 over nearly 3m in February; beat Ryanair third Hitman off level weights); struggled off his new/harsh mark back here over 2m4f but perhaps this is more his trip these days and he returns to hurdling off 16lb lower.

11/2

7/1

  • Place: £2.30

Form: 02P-31 CD

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 9lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 154

Form & Verdict

Produced career-best performance in Paddy Power Gold Cup here (2m4f, good; now 7lb higher) four weeks ago, left clear when Coole Cody fell two out, stumbling on landing after the final fence then just holding on as he tired close home; runner-up in this race last year and should go well again.

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2

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:20 Doncaster

Midnight Shadow

11st 12lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sue Smith

Won the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham (2m4f, good) in November and another good run when third there (2m4f, good to soft) last time; hard to rule out given this season's fine form but Cheltenham brings out the best in him and he's unproven at today's longer distance.

11/1

3rd

2

11th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Midnight Shadow

11st 9lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sue Smith

Produced career-best performance in Paddy Power Gold Cup here (2m4f, good; now 7lb higher) four weeks ago, left clear when Coole Cody fell two out, stumbling on landing after the final fence then just holding on as he tired close home; runner-up in this race last year and should go well again.

7/1

1st

8

13th Nov 2021

Good

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:15 Cheltenham

Midnight Shadow

11st 5lb

J: Ryan Mania

T: Sue Smith

Grade 2 winner here over hurdles and in a novice chase; found that an Irish raider was a massive blot on the handicap in major 2m4f race here last December but beat the other 15 and is 1lb lower today; that was the only bright spot in his three runs last term but he made a satisfactory reappearance three weeks ago and enters each-way calculations.

11/1

Form: 12P-21 CD

Last run: 42 days

W: 11st 7lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 152

Form & Verdict

Fortunate winner of the Charlie Hall at Wetherby six weeks ago, gifted the race when Shan Blue fell; showed very useful form as a novice chaser here last term, winning twice then runner-up in the Marsh; interesting back at this venue on handicap debut.

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3rd

2

23rd Apr 2022

Good

2m 5f 110y

Class 1

16:07 Sandown

Fusil Raffles

11st 4lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

5

17th Mar 2022

Heavy

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

16:10 Cheltenham

Fusil Raffles

11st 6lb

J: Daryl Jacob

T: Nicky Henderson

Gifted the Charlie Hall at Wetherby in October and his return to 3m was unconvincing last time; has some useful form at about 2m4f here (soft/good to soft), notably second in the Grade 1 novice chase on this card last year and fourth in the Racing Post Gold Cup two starts ago; should go well.

10/1

5th

3

29th Jan 2022

Good

2m 7f 214y

Class 1

15:20 Doncaster

Fusil Raffles

11st 8lb

J: James Bowen

T: Nicky Henderson

Fortunate winner of the Charlie Hall at Wetherby in October, gifted the race when Shan Blue fell, but that was still a very positive performance on his first crack at 3m and he again ran well when fourth in a 2m4f handicap at Cheltenham last month; his jumping lacked fluency last time but he might be more in his comfort zone today back up in trip; solid claims.

4/1

Form: /P-350 D

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 2lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Well handicapped on his novice chase form two seasons back; subsequent record leaves something to be desired and he was behind several of these rivals in major 2m4f handicap here most recently.

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3rd

4

13th Nov 2023

Good

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:25 Kempton

Deyrann De Carjac

11st 4lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

Without a win since 2019 and no longer the force of old but has often performed with credit in major races; probably didn't have race run to suit when close fifth on last month's seasonal debut (developed into a sprint) and has slipped to a very attractive mark; cheekpieces refitted.

3/1

5th

7

18th Oct 2023

Good

2m 3f 85y

Class 3

15:33 Wetherby

Deyrann De Carjac

10st 12lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

chased clear leader, headway before 5th, lost ground before 2 out, not fluent last, weakened gradually run-in

6/1

5th

12

19th Apr 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:30 Cheltenham

Deyrann De Carjac

10st 11lb

J: Tom Cannon

T: Alan King

held up in rear, ridden after 4 out, stayed on run-in, never dangerous

9/1

Form: 3/P-P3 C

Last run: 28 days

W: 11st 6lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 151

Form & Verdict

Inconsistent since his Grade 2 novice success at this venue in November 2018 but, following wind surgery, he stayed on for third in the Paddy Power here last month (debut for Paul Nicholls) and has a leading chance if building on that effort; cheekpieces reapplied; still on a workable mark.

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4th

2

20th Feb 2024

Heavy

2m 7f 3y

Class 5

16:10 Taunton

Lalor

12st 6lb

J: Mr Charlie Sprake

T: Paul Nicholls

Has always had lots of class and won a good 2m4f Newbury handicap in April 2022 before a lengthy spell on the sidelines; not as good as he was judged on his reappearance defeat on hunter chase debut at Wincanton (3m1f, good to soft) but still ran well; handled heavy ground earlier in his career.

3/1

2nd

1

1st Feb 2024

Good To Soft

3m 1f 30y

Class 5

16:15 Wincanton

Lalor

12st 6lb

J: Mr Charlie Sprake

T: Paul Nicholls

Chase career has been decidedly up and down but he's always had lots of class and won a good 2m4f Newbury handicap when last seen in April 2022; pulled up in both his previous races at about 3m but those were strong handicaps; interesting to see what the market makes of him after so long out.

5/4

1st

1

2nd Apr 2022

Good To Soft

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

15:55 Newbury

Lalor

11st 12lb

J: Harry Cobden

T: Paul Nicholls

Inconsistent since his Grade 2 novice success in 2018, as his form figures (36P) for current yard reflect; however, has a good chance in this field provided he's back on song; third off 4lb higher in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November.

6/1

Form: 256P2U D

Last run: 14 days

W: 10st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 131

Form & Verdict

Record of 3-15 over fences; bagged a silver medal at Wetherby two starts ago, then was hampered and unseated early at Newbury; more exposed than some of these rivals and faces a stiff assignment at this level.

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3rd

4

11th Oct 2023

Good

2m 7f 171y

Class 3

17:05 Ludlow

Topofthecotswolds

11st 3lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

Five-time chase winner (mostly on good ground); needs to bounce back from a below-par run last month and will not be favoured by the forecast rain but was placed on consecutive starts this summer and is suited by this track.

6/1

6th

5

18th Sep 2023

Good

2m 4f 0y

Class 2

14:40 Worcester

Topofthecotswolds

10st 11lb

J: Sam Twiston-Davies

T: Nigel Twiston-Davies

prominent, not fluent 8th, outpaced and dropped to rear after 5 out, soon no impression

6/1

Form: PF/U-7 CD

Last run: 50 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

4-4 in the 2018-19 campaign, including two Grade 3 wins over C&D; subsequent form figures (all at this venue) read PFU7, well held back over hurdles most recently (second run for new yard); something to prove at present.

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6

4th Nov 2022

Good

2m 5f 137y

Class 3

12:40 Exeter

Siruh Du Lac

11st 0lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

4-4 in the 2018-19 campaign, including two Grade 3 chase wins at Cheltenham (2m4f), but he struggled in only two runs last season (hurdle/chase); had wind surgery in July but has something to prove and hard to know how much ability he retains; non-runner at Newbury yesterday.

11/2

9

3rd Nov 2022

Good

3m 0f 52y

Class 2

15:05 Newbury

Siruh Du Lac

11st 3lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

Lightly raced since winning over fences at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival; well handicapped on that form and he's had a wind operation since his last run last December, but he was well beaten on his two starts last season and he needs to prove how much ability he retains; a tongue-tie goes on.

16/1

8th

9

11th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Siruh Du Lac

10st 12lb

J: Tom Scudamore

T: David Pipe

4-4 in the 2018-19 campaign, including two Grade 3 wins over C&D; subsequent form figures (all at this venue) read PFU7, well held back over hurdles most recently (second run for new yard); something to prove at present.

16/1

Form: 2435/3 D BF

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Respectable third at Aintree five weeks ago, his first start since finishing fifth in 2m4f novice handicap at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival; 0-5 as a chaser but was a Grade 2 winner over hurdles and looks well treated off current mark; could improve with the comeback run under his belt.

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9

18th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Beakstown

10st 11lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

10yo who hasn't been at his best the last twice, most recently at Wetherby 12 days ago; however, before those he was a creditable fourth in the Old Roan at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft) and is not ruled out now 6lb lower.

9/1

4th

1

6th Mar 2023

Good

2m 5f 75y

Class 3

16:25 Wetherby

Beakstown

12st 0lb

J: Bridget Andrews

T: Dan Skelton

Disappointing at Newbury in November last time out but he struck into his left-fore; prior to that he was a creditable fourth in the Old Roan at Aintree and that form gives him a big shout now 4lb lower in this easier race.

3/1

4th

6

25th Nov 2022

Good

2m 3f 187y

Class 2

14:30 Newbury

Beakstown

10st 11lb

J: Harry Skelton

T: Dan Skelton

Has modest chasing strike-rate for a horse of his ability (1-12) but kept on strongly to win Listed handicap at Ayr (2m4f, good to soft) in April and ran big race when fourth in last month's Old Roan at Aintree (2m4f, good to soft); must be considered.

100/30

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Form: /P144- CD

Last run: 270 days

W: 11st 12lb

9 yo Gelding

OR: 157

Form & Verdict

Absent since finishing fourth in the Ultima here in March; has contested this race for the last three years (form figures read 24P); won similar event over C&D in early 2020 but he's weighted to the hilt off current mark.

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3rd

2

25th Apr 2024

Soft

2m 4f 20y

Class 2

16:10 Perth

Cepage

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Veteran who has been rather disappointing over 3m plus since winning a 2m4f handicap in first-time cheekpieces at Cheltenham in December (soft); slightly better in blinkers (retained) at Cheltenham last week (3m2f, good) but needs to do even better.

9/1

8th

3

17th Apr 2024

Good To Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

16:25 Cheltenham

Cepage

11st 7lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

Rejuvenated by first-time cheekpieces when winning veterans' chase by 7l here (2m4f, soft) in December but looked out of sorts when pulled up on next three outings; blinkers given a whirl today.

40/1

8

14th Mar 2024

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Cepage

11st 9lb

J: Mr Zac Baker

T: Venetia Williams

12yo; pulled up the last twice and lots to prove; however, he won in first-time cheekpieces (retained since) over 2m4f here (soft) in December on second start back from an absence and remains well treated on old form (including fourth in 3m1f Ultima here in 2021); Venetia Williams had 40-1 winner of this race in 2022 and 33-1 runner-up in 2021; not a forlorn hope at big odds.

66/1

Form: 113168 D

Last run: 35 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Landed the Summer Plate at Market Rasen (off 6lb lower) in July, recording his fourth win of 2021; not in the same form since returning from a break and this looks a stiff task even if he revives.

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Form: 7/21-4 D

Last run: 41 days

W: 11st 0lb

7 yo Gelding

OR: 145

Form & Verdict

Lightly raced 7yo who has a solid chase record thus far, with Grade 2 novice success at Haydock (2m4f, heavy) flanked by respectable efforts in races won by Fiddlerontheroof; still open to plenty of further progress; enters calculations on handicap debut.

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2nd

6

18th Mar 2023

Good To Soft

2m 4f 110y

Class 2

14:40 Kempton

Silver Hallmark

11st 1lb

J: Connor Brace

T: Fergal O’Brien

Won Grade 2 novice chase at Haydock in January 2021 and returned to form when third in Chepstow handicap over Christmas; however, he's back to having something to prove having been well beaten at Cheltenham latest.

14/1

1

11th Mar 2023

Heavy

3m 0f 37y

Class 3

16:10 Sandown

Silver Hallmark

12st 2lb

J: Adam Wedge

T: Fergal O’Brien

9th

9

28th Jan 2023

Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Silver Hallmark

11st 0lb

J: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

T: Fergal O’Brien

Lightly raced 9yo; creditable third to Fugitif at Chepstow with reappearance under his belt; far from sure to reverse placings with the winner, who had plenty in hand, but again has place possibilities.

14/1

Form: 323-U4

Last run: 28 days

W: 10st 12lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 143

Form & Verdict

Second-season chaser who was an eyecatching fourth in the Paddy Power here four weeks ago, finishing strongly having still had plenty to do turning for home; now just 1lb higher and, along with stablemate Zanza, remains unexposed at 2m4f; capable of further improvement and commands respect.

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7

11th Dec 2021

Good To Soft

2m 4f 127y

Class 1

13:50 Cheltenham

Dostal Phil

10st 12lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs

Second-season chaser who was an eyecatching fourth in the Paddy Power here four weeks ago, finishing strongly having still had plenty to do turning for home; now just 1lb higher and, along with stablemate Zanza, remains unexposed at 2m4f; capable of further improvement and commands respect.

7/1

4th

12

13th Nov 2021

Good

2m 4f 44y

Class 1

14:15 Cheltenham

Dostal Phil

11st 0lb

J: Aidan Coleman

T: Philip Hobbs

Failed to complete on both attempts over this sort of trip but he will probably stay; came from the rear when third of 18 in major 2m handicap at Aintree (good to soft) in April and, although it is needed, he looks open to further improvement in this second season chasing.

14/1

Form: /3231- D

Last run: 273 days

W: 10st 2lb

6 yo Gelding

OR: 133

Form & Verdict

Ex-French 6yo who opened his chase account in Listed handicap at Sandown (2m4f, soft; won going away) when last seen nine months ago; that was only his second British start and he looks capable of further progress; one to consider, especially if the market speaks positively on reappearance.

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4

16th Mar 2023

Soft

3m 2f 0y

Class 2

17:30 Cheltenham

Farinet

11st 11lb

J: Mr James King

T: Venetia Williams

Won at Sandown (2m4f, soft) last January and comfortably made all at Chepstow (2m7f, good to soft) in December; of interest judged on that latest win but two lesser runs have followed and he needs to get back on track.

33/1

10th

2

18th Feb 2023

Good

2m 7f 180y

Class 1

14:25 Ascot

Farinet

11st 11lb

J: Shane Quinlan

T: Venetia Williams

All starts have been on softer than good; 3-8 over fences in Britain and those wins were all gained in good style but his other runs last season were disappointing; this term he impressively made all at Chepstow (9lb higher today) but his form dipped at Newbury four weeks later; mixed messages.

16/1

5th

1

1st Jan 2023

Good

3m 2f 70y

Class 2

12:45 Cheltenham

Farinet

12st 0lb

J: Charlie Deutsch

T: Venetia Williams

3-7 over fences in Britain and those wins were all gained in good style but his other runs last season were disappointing; made all when slamming Secret Reprieve by 8l eased down at Chepstow (3m) four weeks ago, since which he has been raised 10lb but he has to be in serious calculations.

7/2

Form: 610-5F

Last run: 21 days

W: 10st 1lb

8 yo Gelding

OR: 132

Form & Verdict

Non-stayer over 3m1f last time (beaten when final-fence faller) and this drop back in trip should suit; yet to prove he's up to this grade, however; non-runner.

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12

9th May 2024

Yielding

2m 0f 110y

18:10 Tipperary

Joke Dancer

11st 0lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Patrick Griffin

held up in rear, struggling before 5 out, pulled up before 3 out

25/1

10th

6

24th Apr 2024

Yielding

2m 1f 0y

17:20 Bellewstown

Joke Dancer

11st 9lb

J: Michael O’Sullivan

T: Patrick Griffin

midfield

16/1

5th

9

23rd Mar 2024

Heavy

2m 1f 0y

17:08 Navan

Joke Dancer

10st 9lb

J: Darragh O’Keeffe

T: Patrick Griffin

Five-time winner over fences including on heavy ground; promising yard debut when third at Thurles last month and fell early at Taunton subsequently; well treated and capable of running a big race.

13/2

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Payout
Exacta £1865.00
Straight Forecast £1426.00
Tricast £8893.70
Trifecta £16210.00

Selections

LAMBOURN:

Fusil Raffles

SPOTLIGHT:

Dostal Phil

POSTDATA:

Midnight Shadow

WEST COUNTRY:

Lalor

Daily Mirror:

Farinet

RP Ratings:

Beakstown

Daily Mail:

Fusil Raffles

Daily Express:

Fusil Raffles

Daily Record:

Fusil Raffles

Telegraph:

Lalor

TOPSPEED:

Dostal Phil

The Times:

Dostal Phil

The Guardian:

Dostal Phil

The Sun:

Midnight Shadow

The Star:

Midnight Shadow