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 Long Run start off back at the Betfair Chase, the Nicky Henderson horse was the 2011 Gold Cup winner and all eyes will be on him if he runs at Haydock. 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 2014/15
- Betfair Chase
- Charlie Hall Chase
- Hennessy Gold Cup
- King George Chase
- Lexus Chase
- Argento Chase
- Irish Hennessy Gold Cup
- Betfair Denman Chase
Past Gold Cup Form Guides
- 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup Form Guide and Race Card
- 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup Form Guide and Race Card
- 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup Form Guide and Race Card
- Cheltenham Gold Cup Form Guide 2014 and Race Card
Gold Cup Form Guide and Race Card 2015
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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