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.

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February 2015

The Denman Chase at Newbury is considered by most to be the last big Gold Cup trial of the season in the UK and with that in mind we saw a very good race at Newbury. Coneygree, who was having just his third start over fences, jumped straight to the front and was never headed as he produced a very nice performance. The Mark Bradstock horse galloped and jumped excellent and despite being a novice, he swept aside the like of Houblon Des Obeaux and Unioniste with the minimum of fuss.

The following day at Leopardstown we saw the Irish Hennessy gold Cup and it was the final chance for the Irish chasers to stake their Gold Cup claims. It was a thrilling race as AP McCoy and Carlingford Lough came to the front on the home straight and held off a game challenge from Foxrock. Carlingford Lough is a thorough stayer and should improve for the run while Lord Windermere did show some very nice form before tiring and he does appear to be improving with every single run this season.

It has been a disappointing season so far for Holywell but he got back to winning ways at Kelso when wining the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase. Under a good rid from AP McCoy, Holywell ran well from the front but perhaps most importantly he put in a clear round of jumping after some mistakes of late. This was a facile win given the opposition but Holywell has a great record at the Festival and will be a Gold Cup contender if the ground comes up good in March,

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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