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Cheltenham Gold Cup Form Guide

The Cheltenham Gold Cup form boils down to a few races with the top chasers going down a tried and tested route ahead of a tilt at the Gold Cup. We are likely to see Lord Windermere campaigned towards a repeat Gold Cup success in March so expect him to improve with every run. Other races to keep an eye on include the King George Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day and the Lexus Chase over in Ireland which are both excellent trial races.

Gold Cup Trial Races 2015/16

Past Gold Cup Form Guides

Gold Cup Form Guide and Race Card 2015

Race OverviewAn absorbing renewal with an unusually large number of up-and-coming sorts taking on the more seasoned chasers. The one to appeal most is ROAD TO RICHES (nap), who has barely looked back since a change in diet and training regime and whose performances when winning Grade 1s in Ireland late last year give him leading form prospects, with the distinct possibility of better to come. He confirmed at Leopardstown last time that he doesn't have to lead, which may be no bad thing with the trailblazing novice Coneygree likely to be blasting away up front. Silviniaco Conti is the clear form pick and a respected main danger, though last year's fourth in a substandard renewal means questions remain about his effectiveness here. He can still provide most problems, with possible surprise packet Houblon Des Obeaux - who has some very good form and promises to be suited by the likely attritional nature of the race - taking minor honours in third. Second-season chasers Holywell and Many Clouds may be best of the rest. [Mel Cullinan]

Odds provided by Paddypower

No.RunnerDetailsRatingOdds
1Bobs WorthBobs Worth (IRE)
B J Geraghty
N Henderson
10 yrs / 164 lbs
/615-8
166

CommentBobs Worth

Won this in 2013 but doesn't seem as good nowadays. Excellent record here includes victory in this race in 2013, when powering clear on the run-in; however, he has been disappointing to varying degrees in three of his four runs since, including when 4l fifth in this last year, and suspicion is that some bruising scraps have taken a toll on him; would have a big chance on old form but risky nowadays.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
28/12/14LEO 24Sft/Hy G1Ch,75K164 lbsBarry Geraghty8/9 12 1/2l, Road To Riches[5/2F]11-10
14/03/14CHL 26Gd Cl1 G1Ch,327K164 lbsBarry Geraghty5/13 4l, Lord Windermere[6/4F]11-10
28/12/13LEO 24Y/Sft G1Ch,76K164 lbsBarry Geraghty1/9 23 1/4l+, First Lieutenant[11/4J]11-10
23/11/13HAY 25Sft Cl1 G1Ch,113K161 lbsBarry Geraghty6/8 40l, Cue Card[15/8F]11-7
15/03/13CHL 26Sft Cl1 G1Ch,313K164 lbsBarry Geraghty1/9 7l, Sir Des Champs[11/4F]11-10
2Boston BobBoston Bob (IRE)
P Townend
W Mullins
10 yrs / 164 lbs
-13244
161

CommentBoston Bob

Grade 1 wins last spring; needs a career best and has been very patchy this winter. Came of age with two Grade 1 wins at 2m4f and 3m1f last spring though form isn't the strongest for the top level and better will be needed to win this; has promised to be suited by the demands of this race, while he might well have won RSA Chase here two years ago but for falling at the last; needs a career best and has been very patchy this winter.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
08/02/15LEO 24Y G1Ch,67K164 lbsPaul Townend4/8 10l, Carlingford Lough[5/1]11-10
28/12/14LEO 24Sft/Hy G1Ch,75K164 lbsR Walsh4/9 6 1/4l, Road To Riches[7/1]11-10
07/12/14PUN 20Gd/Y G1Ch,40K164 lbsR Walsh2/6 4 1/2l, Don Cossack[11/10F]11-10
01/11/14DRO 24Y G1Ch,70K164 lbsR Walsh3/8 29l, Road To Riches[9/4F]11-10
30/04/14PUN 25Gd/Y G1Ch,100K164 lbsR Walsh1/9 23 1/4l+, First Lieutenant[5/2F]11-10
3Carlingford LoughCarlingford Lough (IRE)
A P McCoy
J Kiely
9 yrs / 164 lbs
U6-151
166

CommentCarlingford Lough

Respected after Grade 1 win latest but jumping needs to hold up. Taken a while to make his way to the top table but this late-maturing 9yo has won Grade 1s on two of his last three starts, last time at Leopardstown last month; this greater test of stamina is a likely plus judging by way he stayed on that day, but jumped stickily here last year on sole previous course visit and will need to be more fluent today.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
08/02/15LEO 24Y G1Ch,67K164 lbsA P McCoy1/8 58 1/2l+, Foxrock[4/1]11-10
28/12/14LEO 24Sft/Hy G1Ch,75K164 lbsA P McCoy5/9 8 1/4l, Road To Riches[8/1]11-10
29/04/14PUN 25Gd NvG1Ch,47K164 lbsA P McCoy1/5 4 1/4l+, Ballycasey[7/2]11-10
12/03/14CHL 24Gd Cl1 G1Ch,85K158 lbsA P McCoy6/15 10l, O'Faolains Boy[7/1]11-4
09/02/14LEO 21Sft/Hy NvG1Ch,43K164 lbsA P McCoyUR/3 Ballycasey[11/4]11-10
4ConeygreeConeygree
N De Boinville
M Bradstock
8 yrs / 164 lbs
13/111
166

CommentConeygree

3 from 3 chasing; latest Newbury win is excellent form; front-runner; claims. Lightly raced 8yo who missed last season but has returned with three wins from three starts switched to fences this term, last time taking on more seasoned rivals and burning them off from the front at Newbury last month; twice a winner here hurdling; the Newbury form suggests he is capable of putting up a very bold show, provided that possible competition for the lead doesn't harry him into going off too fast.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
07/02/15NBY 24Sft Cl1 G2Ch,28K159 lbsRichard Johnson1/6 7l+, Houblon Des Obeaux[15/8F]11-6
26/12/14KEM 24GS Cl1 NvG1Ch,42K161 lbsNico de Boinville1/7 40l, Warden Hill[100/30]11-7
28/11/14NBY 20Sft Cl1 NvG2Ch,18K155 lbsNico de Boinville1/5 1 1/2l+, Dell' Arca[2/1]11-1
26/01/13CHL 20Hy Cl1 NvG2Hd,17K166 lbsMattie Batchelor3/5 12 1/2l, At Fishers Cross[9/4]11-12
15/12/12CHL 24Hy Cl1 NvG2Hd,14K161 lbsMattie Batchelor1/7 6l, Aerial[11/10F]11-0
5DjakadamDjakadam (FR)
R Walsh
W Mullins
6 yrs / 164 lbs
11F-81
162

CommentDjakadam

Good handicap win latest; on the up and very well regarded; slight jumping worries. Made it three from five over fences when defying top weight in fine style in valuable Gowran handicap (3m1f, heavy) last time; this demands more but all-conquering trainer has spoken very highly of him, so no surprise if this 6yo has the necessary ability; a fall here last year does raise a slight concern about how his jumping will hold up.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
22/01/15GOW 25Hy ChHc,47K164 lbsR Walsh1/17 8l+, My Murphy[9/2]11-4
29/11/14NBY 26Sft Cl1 G3ChHc,100K151 lbsR Walsh8/19 28l, Many Clouds[5/1F]11-6
13/03/14CHL 20Gd Cl1 NvG1Ch,68K157 lbsPaul TownendF/12 Taquin Du Seuil[14/1]11-4
25/01/14LEO 21Sft NvG2Ch,22K148 lbsPaul Townend1/4 14 3/4l+, Bright New Dawn[6/4F]11-5
28/12/13LEO 19Y/Sft Ch,7K155 lbsR Walsh1/8 1 1/4l+, Si C'Etait Vrai[11/8F]11-12
7HolywellHolywell (IRE)
R McLernon
Jonjo O'Neill
8 yrs / 164 lbs
11-3U1
163

CommentHolywell

Comes alive in the spring and won at last 2 festivals; back in form last time. Has come alive in the spring for last two years, winning at past two festivals here in 3m handicaps over hurdles and then fences, last year's success in a 23-runner race auguring well for his coping with the hurly-burly of this (not fluent at one fence but basically jumped soundly); subsequent Grade 1 Aintree novice win gives him form claims and he looked back on good terms with himself when winning by 25l at 1-4 last month at Kelso; shortlisted.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
12/02/15KEL 26GS Cl2 Ch,13K162 lbsA P McCoy1/4 25l+, Fentara[1/4F]10-5 bl
06/12/14Ain 25Gd Cl1 LisCh,26K160 lbsRichie McLernonUR/4 Sam Winner[11/4]11-6 cp
02/11/14CRL 20Sft Cl1 LisCh,16K166 lbsA P McCoy3/6 16 1/2l, Many Clouds[5/2]11-6 cp
04/04/14Ain 25Gd Cl1 NvG1Ch,51K158 lbsA P McCoy1/6 8 1/4l+, Don Cossack[7/2]11-4 bl
11/03/14CHL 24GS Cl1 G3ChHc,51K160 lbsRichie McLernon1/23 5l+, Ma Filleule[10/1]10-13 bl
8Home FarmHome Farm (IRE)
D J Casey
H De Bromhead
8 yrs / 164 lbs
7P-1F7
153

CommentHome Farm

Limitations at this level were seemingly well exposed at Leopardstown last time. Won stable/seasonal debut at Thurles (2m6f; stays 3m5f) in November; much more needed judged on that career-best effort and limitations at this level were seemingly well exposed in a Leopardstown Grade 1 last time; hard to fancy.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
08/02/15LEO 24Y G1Ch,67K164 lbsD J Casey7/8 22l, Carlingford Lough[14/1]11-10
28/12/14LEO 24Sft/Hy G1Ch,75K164 lbsD J CaseyF/9 Road To Riches[16/1]11-10
20/11/14THU 22Sft LisCh,14K154 lbsD J Casey1/8 6l+, Foildubh[6/4J]11-0
21/04/14FAI 29Gd/Y ChHc,118K153 lbsD J CaseyPU/26 Shutthefrontdoor[12/1]10-13 t
02/03/14LEO 21Sft ChHc,27K159 lbsD J Casey7/12 20l, Pass The Hat[9/2F]9-10
9Houblon Des ObeauxHoublon Des Obeaux (FR)
A Coleman
Miss V Williams
8 yrs / 164 lbs
6U-222
161

CommentHoublon Des Obeaux

Each-way claims on top handicap form this season; stays very well. Well held in last year's renewal of this and comfortably beaten by Coneygree at Newbury last time; had previously shown improved form when second in top Newbury (the Hennessy, to Many Clouds) and Ascot handicaps and definite each-way claims at a big price on those runs; the likely attritional contest here is a significant plus for him as he stays very well.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
07/02/15NBY 24Sft Cl1 G2Ch,28K160 lbsAidan Coleman2/6 7l, Coneygree[100/30]11-5
20/12/14ASC 24GS Cl1 LisChHc,56K166 lbsAidan Coleman2/9 2 1/2l, The Young Master[9/2]10-9
29/11/14NBY 26Sft Cl1 G3ChHc,100K166 lbsAidan Coleman2/19 3 1/4l, Many Clouds[50/1]11-6
26/04/14SAN 29GS Cl1 G3ChHc,85K166 lbsAidan ColemanUR/19 Hadrian's Approach[20/1]11-0
03/04/14Ain 25Gd Cl1 G1Ch,84K161 lbsAidan Coleman6/6 23l, Silviniaco Conti[25/1]11-7
10Lord WindermereLord Windermere (IRE)
D N Russell
J Culloty
9 yrs / 164 lbs
61-373
165

CommentLord Windermere

Won this last year; likely to be at a peak again but it's a better race this year. Two from two here, in the RSA Chase in 2013 and when edging home in this race last year; has shaped as if all of his ability is intact in Ireland this season and clearly comes alive at Cheltenham in March but last year's renewal was substandard and he looks highly vulnerable for win purposes in a stronger race this year.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
08/02/15LEO 24Y G1Ch,67K164 lbsDavy Russell3/8 8 3/4l, Carlingford Lough[7/1]11-10
28/12/14LEO 24Sft/Hy G1Ch,75K164 lbsDavy Russell7/9 11 1/2l, Road To Riches[5/1]11-10
07/12/14PUN 20Gd/Y G1Ch,40K164 lbsDavy Russell3/6 5l, Don Cossack[10/1]11-10
14/03/14CHL 26Gd Cl1 G1Ch,327K164 lbsDavy Russell1/13 12 1/4l+, On His Own[20/1]11-10
09/02/14LEO 24Sft/Hy G1Ch,77K164 lbsDavy Russell6/7 26l, Last Instalment[6/1]11-10
11Many CloudsMany Clouds (IRE)
L Aspell
O Sherwood
8 yrs / 164 lbs
B4-111
165

CommentMany Clouds

Further improvement when winning two big prizes this year; form among the best on offer. Well suited by testing ground, still travelling okay on good when brought down in RSA Chase here last year but that was too far out to predict where he would have finished; dangerous to assume he necessarily needs the mud and, progressive in winning the Hennessy and then a 3m1f Grade 2 here on last two starts, has to be respected, with the latter win very good form and among the best on offer in this.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
24/01/15CHL 25Sft Cl1 G2Ch,57K164 lbsLeighton Aspell1/6 1 1/4l+, Smad Place[4/1]11-2
29/11/14NBY 26Sft Cl1 G3ChHc,100K160 lbsLeighton Aspell1/19 7l+, Houblon Des Obeaux[8/1]11-12
02/11/14CRL 20Sft Cl1 LisCh,16K160 lbsLeighton Aspell1/6 11l+, Eduard[5/2]11-12
04/04/14Ain 25Gd Cl1 NvG1Ch,51K158 lbsLeighton Aspell4/6 21l, Holywell[6/1]11-4
12/03/14CHL 24Gd Cl1 G1Ch,85K158 lbsLeighton AspellBD/15 O'Faolains Boy[16/1]11-4
12On His OwnOn His Own (IRE)
Mr P W Mullins
W Mullins
11 yrs / 164 lbs
2-8626
164

CommentOn His Own

Close second in this last year but that was a substandard renewal and more will be needed. Close second in this last year but that was a substandard renewal and more will be needed to be involved this time; this 11yo has been below par in three of his four races since and not hard to see why Ruby Walsh prefers Djakadam.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
08/02/15LEO 24Y G1Ch,67K164 lbsR Walsh6/8 12 1/2l, Carlingford Lough[100/30F]11-10 cp
28/12/14LEO 24Sft/Hy G1Ch,75K164 lbsPaul Townend2/9 1 1/2l, Road To Riches[14/1]11-10 cp
01/11/14DRO 24Y G1Ch,70K164 lbsPaul Townend6/8 79l, Road To Riches[11/1]11-10
30/04/14PUN 25Gd/Y G1Ch,100K164 lbsPaul Townend8/9 92l, Boston Bob[4/1]11-10
14/03/14CHL 26Gd Cl1 G1Ch,327K164 lbsD J Casey2/13 Lord Windermere[16/1]11-10
14Road To RichesRoad To Riches (IRE)
B J Cooper
N Meade
8 yrs / 164 lbs
-21211
167

CommentRoad To Riches

Progressing well and won 3m Grade 1 events on last two starts; should stay; big chance. Fulfilling early promise in spades this season since training regime and diet were changed, winning the Galway Plate and 3m Grade 1s at Down Royal and Leopardstown, in that last win in December strong at the finish and giving firm impression that this trip would suit him; absence since is a plus if anything as he goes well fresh; versatile tactically, leading contender as his form stands and still on the upgrade so of strong interest.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
28/12/14LEO 24Sft/Hy G1Ch,75K164 lbsBryan Cooper1/9 12 1/4l+, On His Own[4/1]11-10
01/11/14DRO 24Y G1Ch,70K164 lbsPaul Carberry1/8 11l+, Rocky Creek[9/2]11-10
04/10/14GOW 20Y G2Ch,21K160 lbsPaul Carberry2/6 1/4l, Sizing Europe[EvensF]11-10
30/07/14GAL 22Gd ChHc,100K151 lbsShane Shortall1/22 21 3/4l+, Burn And Turn[14/1]10-5
02/05/14PUN 21Gd/Y NvChHc,50K157 lbsGer Fox2/14 3/4l, Operating[9/1]10-7
15Sam WinnerSam Winner (FR)
S Twiston-Davies
P Nicholls
8 yrs / 164 lbs
5P-113
162

CommentSam Winner

Improved this season but still needs to find a few pounds to be involved. Like many of his stablemates he has shown improved form this season, winning when tongue tied in both 3m3f handicap here (despite racing lazily) and Listed event at Aintree; creditable third to Road To Riches in a Grade 1 at Leopardstown latest when tongue-tie was off and cheekpieces went on; wearing both aids, needs to find a few pounds to be involved today.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
28/12/14LEO 24Sft/Hy G1Ch,75K164 lbsSam Twiston-Davies3/9 3 1/2l, Road To Riches[7/1]11-10 cp
06/12/14Ain 25Gd Cl1 LisCh,26K160 lbsNick Scholfield1/4 1 1/4l+, Medermit[3/1]11-0 t
15/11/14CHL 27Sft Cl1 G3ChHc,28K166 lbsSam Twiston-Davies1/14 16l+, The Druids Nephew[15/2]11-6 t
12/04/14AYR 32GS Cl1 G3ChHc,114K147 lbsNick ScholfieldPU/29 Al Co[12/1]10-0
12/03/14CHL 24Gd Cl1 G1Ch,85K158 lbsDaryl Jacob5/15 9l, O'Faolains Boy[12/1]11-4
16Silviniaco ContiSilviniaco Conti (FR)
N Fehily
P Nicholls
9 yrs / 164 lbs
41-511
174

CommentSilviniaco Conti

Best chaser around elsewhere, last time winning King George; fourth in this last year. Jumped the last in front but overhauled on the run-in when fourth in this race last year and will need to better that form in a stronger renewal now; problem with stomach ulcers was subsequently discovered and might explain that defeat; has won three Grade 1s since (last twice in cheekpieces), last time cementing reputation as best staying chaser around with decisive second win in King George at Kempton at Christmas; the one to beat if he can do it at Cheltenham.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
26/12/14KEM 24GS Cl1 G1Ch,114K164 lbsNoel Fehily1/10 1 1/2l+, Dynaste[15/8F]11-10 cp
22/11/14HAY 25Sft Cl1 G1Ch,113K161 lbsNoel Fehily1/9 4l, Menorah[100/30]11-7 cp
01/11/14WET 25Gd Cl1 G2Ch,57K164 lbsNoel Fehily5/7 8l, Menorah[EvensF]11-10
03/04/14Ain 25Gd Cl1 G1Ch,84K161 lbsNoel Fehily1/6 1 1/2l+, Dynaste[9/4]11-7
14/03/14CHL 26Gd Cl1 G1Ch,327K164 lbsNoel Fehily4/13 2l, Lord Windermere[11/4]11-10
17Smad PlaceSmad Place (FR)
W Hutchinson
A King
8 yrs / 164 lbs
112-52
154

CommentSmad Place

May improve on latest second to Many Clouds here; ground suits and a fresh horse too. Needs to find improvement on latest second to Many Clouds (who was conceding 8lb) in a soft-ground Grade 2 here in January but that was only his second run of his season and firmer ground may well help - he ran a career best when second in the RSA Chase on good here last March; may find enough to be a place contender but winning looks too big a task.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
24/01/15CHL 25Sft Cl1 G2Ch,57K156 lbsWayne Hutchinson2/6 1 1/4l, Many Clouds[11/4]11-10
29/11/14NBY 26Sft Cl1 G3ChHc,100K164 lbsDenis O'Regan5/19 20l, Many Clouds[6/1]11-6
12/03/14CHL 24Gd Cl1 G1Ch,85K158 lbsRobert Thornton2/15 1/4l, O'Faolains Boy[13/2J]11-4
08/02/14NBY 24Hy Cl3 NvCh,8K159 lbsRobert Thornton1/4 2l, Sam Winner[9/4]11-8
13/11/13EXE 24GS Cl3 NvCh,6K157 lbsRobert Thornton1/6 7l, Ardkilly Witness[4/11F]11-3
18The Giant BolsterThe Giant Bolster
T Scudamore
D Bridgwater
10 yrs / 164 lbs
13-754
157

CommentThe Giant Bolster

243 in last three renewals; up against it in stronger renewal than last year. Has made the frame in the last three renewals of this, last year close third to Lord Windermere; today's headgear combination is on for the first time since; in a stronger renewal than last year, this 10yo will be doing extremely well to figure as prominently again.

DateRace ConditionsWeightJockeyRace Outcome
24/01/15CHL 25Sft Cl1 G2Ch,57K164 lbsTom Cannon4/6 7 1/2l, Many Clouds[11/2]11-10 v
22/11/14HAY 25Sft Cl1 G1Ch,113K161 lbsTom Cannon5/9 14 1/2l, Silviniaco Conti[40/1]11-7 v
01/11/14WET 25Gd Cl1 G2Ch,57K164 lbsJason Maguire7/7 48l, Menorah[20/1]11-10 h(1)
14/03/14CHL 26Gd Cl1 G1Ch,327K164 lbsTom Scudamore3/13 1l, Lord Windermere[14/1]11-10 h,v
25/01/14CHL 25Hy Cl1 G2Ch,57K154 lbsTom Scudamore1/7 7l, Rocky Creek[6/1]11-5 h,v(1)

2 Non Runners: Don Cossack, River Choice

January 2015

The Betbright Cup (formerly the Argento Chase) is often a decent race with the Gold Cup in mind and we saw an excellent renewal this time on Trials Day. In the end it was Many Clouds who held off all comers to win the race and follow up from his Hennessy win back in November. The Oliver Sherwood horse travelled and jumped strongly throughout before showing great strength on the run in to hold off both Smad Place and Dynaste. This was an important win for Many Clouds as he built his experience at Prestbury Park and although he will need more again to win a Gold Cup, he is open to that and is a live contender.

December 2014

The King George VI Chase is a massive race in its own right as well as a key trial for the Gold Cup in March and once again we saw a cracking race on Boxing Day. In the end it was Silviniaco Conti who claimed the race for the second successive year to confiorm himsekf as the best in Britain when it comes to staying chasers. The Paul Nicholls horse led for much of the way with just enthusiasm before pulling clear on the run in with the remainder of the field unable to land a blow. Champagne Fever travelled well before tiring and he is likely to drop back in trip for Cheltenham.

The big Gold Cup trial over Christmas in Ireland was of course the Lexus Chase and on paper it looked like a stellar field as they went to post at Leoprdstown. The winner was Road To Riches as he continued his upward curve with a big career best for Noel Meade and he is now on target for the Festival in March for Gigginstown. Bobs Worth was first beaten on his seasonal debut which is a major worry for his fans while defending Gold Cup champ Lord Windermere plodded on at the one pace but never got close to the winner.

November 2014

The JNWine Champion Chase is always a an important race in the staying chase division at the start of November and we saw a very taking performance from the improving Road to Riches. The Gigginstown owned horse won the Galway Plate during the summer but this was a career best from the Noel Meade horse. He jumped well and pulled 11 lengths clear of Rocky Creek with Boston Bob and First Lieutenant nowhere in sight which looks decent form by any standard.

Silviniaco Conti made his seasonal debut in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby but the Paul Nicholls trained horse faded on the run-in to finish a disappointing fifth place. He travelled well and jumped well but didn't find much off the bridle although he will clearly improve for the run. Menorah was the comfortably winner of the race in the end and he could now be aimed at a Gold Cup tilt for Philip Hobbs if he can maintain that form.

Willie Mullins is still searching for his first Gold cup winner as a trainer and he looks to have a real chance this season in the form of Champagne Fever. He has already won the Champion Bumper and the Supreme Novices Hurdle during his career and he looks to be taking to going over further very well indeed. He made his seasonal debut in the Clonmel Oil Chase and he duly won well with an impressive display of jumping before pulling well clear.There were some good horses behind him but he still needs to prove himself at three miles which could come in the King George.

The Betfair Chase has grown into a key Gold Cup trial in recent years and we saw a very impressive performance from Silviniaco Conti who won the race for a second time in three years. The Paul Nicholls trained chaser was slightly disappointing last time out in the charlie Hall but in first time cheek pieces he looked back to his usual self as he travelled and jumped with power before pulling clear of Menorah and Dynaste on the run in.

The Hennessy Gold Cup often produces a live Gold cup contender and it will be interesting to see if Many Clouds can make an impression on the big race in 2015. The Oliver Sherwood trained horse showed his solid jumping skills and his stamina as he won a testing Hennessy at Newbury and it was hard not to be impressed by the performance. You get the feeling that he will need to improve again to win a Gold Cup but maybe he has just that in the locker.

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