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
Gold Cup Form Guide and Race Card 2016
The Noel Meade trained Road To Riches was 3rd in the 2015 Gold Cup and he looked in good form as he returned with a win in the Clonmel Oil Chase. This was a decent starting point for the horse down at 2m4f as he beat a field he should be beating in decent style and he remains a player in this division.
The first Sunday in November saw Carlisle host a decent meeting with the Paul Nicholls trained Saphir Du Rheu making a major impression on season debut. He was a Grade 1 winning Novice and he looked very classy here as he comfortably dispatched a decent horse in the The Young Master and it was a nice start on the road to a potential run in the Gold Cup come March.
The defending Champion Coneygree qualified for the Future Champions Chase at Sandown for his seasonal debut and he did not disappoint. The 8-year-old ran some very good horses like Southfield Theatre off of their feet and in the end Coneygree won by miles in the end and it could hardly have been any more impressive. He remains relatively lightly raced and there is a chance that Coneygree could still be getting better.
The Betfair Chase has been a top early season race at Haydock Park since 2005 and we saw a thrilling winner this year in the form of Cue Card. The Colin Tizzard trained horse travelled and jumped with style before cantering clear of Silviniaco Conti and on this form the 2013 Ryanair Chase winner has to be a Gold Cup contender.
The long awaited seasonal debut from Vautour came at Ascot and as a short priced favourite he managed to win the 1965 Chase. He did get the job done but this was a half fit Vautour who managed to beat Ptit Zig and although we still don't know if he will step up to 3m, this was a decent display first time out.
Don Cossack was the highest rated chaser in training last season and he is being aimed towards the Gold Cup in March according to connections. The Gigginstown horse looked in top form as he sauntered to victory in the JNwine Champion chase at Down Royal with Rocky Creek left trailing in his wake. It was against limited opposition but Don Cossack couldn't have done it any better.
Past Gold Cup Form Guides
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