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Cheltenham 2019: Day 4, Gold Cup Day

The Cheltenham Festival is a test of stamina and reaching the fourth and final day in front on bets and still up for the action takes some doing. The beauty of Cheltenham is the atmosphere in the town at night as everybody is there for the same reasons which are to celebrate the sport of National Hunt racing and have a great party. Gold Cup day is the climax of the best racing experience around the globe.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is known as the Blue Riband of chasing as is the most prestigious steeplechase in the world. Horses must combine stamina and speed and still have enough in the tank to get up the hill after three miles two furlongs and 22 fences. The race never fails to deliver drama and excitement even if you don’t back the winner and by that stage some race goers probably don’t care. The winner is the champion staying chaser of the season and the outcome is never a fluke.

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The day starts with the Triumph Hurdle which brings together the best juvenile hurdlers in the championship race for four-year-olds. The race after the Gold Cup is the Foxhunters Chase for hunters and amateur jockeys. This race is run over the same course and distance as the Gold Cup and is the most important race in the division of the year. After the last race on Gold Cup day the anticipation begins immediately for the first race on day one in a bit less than one year.  

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Guide to the JCB Triumph Hurdle (1.30pm)

2019 Cheltenham Festival Day Four – Friday March 15th 

  • Hurdle Race (Two miles and a furlong – New Course) 
  • Open to horses ages four-years-old 

The JCB Triumph Hurdle is traditionally the first race on the fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival. The Grade 1 contest is restricted to horses aged four and is the championship hurdle race for juveniles. Historically winners have a poor record in the following season’s Champion Hurdle and Katchit in 2007 and 2008 is the last horse to win both races in consecutive seasons. 

Result

1st: Pentland Hills (20/1) Nicky Henderson (trainer), Nico de Boinville (jockey)

2nd: Coeur Sublime (20/1) Gordon Elliott, Davy Russell

3rd: Gardens of Babylon (9/1) JP O'Brien, Barry Geraghty

 

The Last 10 Winners of the JCB Triumph Hurdle 

  • 2019 - Pentland Hills (20/1) Nicky Henderson (trainer), Nico de Boinville (jockey)
  • 2018 - Farclas (8/1) Gordon Elliott, Jack Kennedy 
  • 2017 - Defi Du Seuil (5/2F) Phillip Hobbs, Richard Johson
  • 2016 – Ivanovich Gorbatov (9/2F) Aidan O’Brien, Barry Geraghty 
  • 2015 – Peace And Co (2/1F) Nicky Henderson, Barry Geraghty
  • 2014 - Tiger Roll (10/1) Gordon Elliot, Davy Russell
  • 2013 – Our Conor (4/1) Dessie Hughes, Bryan Cooper
  • 2012 – Countrywide Flame (33/1) John Quinn, Dougie Costello
  • 2011 – Zarkandar (13/2) Paul Nicholls, Daryl Jacob
  • 2010 – Soldatino (6/1) Nicky Henderson, Barry Geraghty

The championship race for juvenile hurdlers is one of the most competitive races of the meeting. It brings together the best four-year-olds and often identifies a champion of the future. There have been winning favourites in three of the last five years 

The County Handicap Hurdle (2.10pm)

2019 Cheltenham Festival Day Four – Friday March 15th 

  • Hurdle Race (Two miles and a furlong – New Course) 
  • Open to horses ages five-years-old and older 

This race is usually one of the most open handicap hurdles over the shorter distance in the season. It was first run in 1920 and has been named after the trainer who had 23 wins at the Cheltenham Festival. In the past the race has been the last one on the final day but was moved to the second spot on the card in 2009. Only one favourite in the last ten years has won this race. 

Result

1st: Ch'tibello (12/1) Dan Skelton (trainer), Harry Skelton (jockey)

2nd: We Have a Dream (14/1) Nicky Henderson, Daryl Jacob

3rd: Countister (18/1) Nicky Henderson, Barry Geraghty

4th: Whiskey Sour (5/1F) Willie Mullins, Ruby Walsh

The Last 10 Winners of the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle 

  • 2019 - Ch'tibello (12/1) Dan Skelton (trainer), Harry Skelton (jockey)
  • 2018 - Mohaayed (33/1) Dan Skelton, Bridget Andrews
  • 2017 - Arctic Fire (20/1) Willie Mullins, Paul Towned  
  • 2016 – Superb Story (8/1) Dan Skelton, Harry Skelton 
  • 2015 – Wicklow Brave (25/1) Willie Mullins, Paul Townend
  • 2014 - Lac Fontana (11/1) Paul Nicholls, Daryl Jacob
  • 2013 – Ted Veale (10/1) Tony Martin, Bryan Cooper
  • 2012 – Alderwood (20/1) Thomas Mullins, AP McCoy
  • 2011 – Final Approach (10/1) Willie Mullins, Ruby Walsh
  • 2010 – Thousand Stars (20/1) Willie Mullins, Ms Katie Walsh 

Pointers

This is another one of those difficult handicaps at the Festival to work out and there is any number of potential winners. Races of this nature are often won with a few pounds in hand so the weights will be key. No favourite has won over the last 10 years and the shortest priced winner was returned at 8/1. Every other winner was a double figure price. Dan Skelton has trained the winner of this race in three of the last four years.

The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (2.50)

2019 Cheltenham Festival Day Four – Friday March 15th 

  • Hurdle Race (Three miles – New Course) 
  • Open to horses ages four-years-old 

This race is the championship novice hurdle for stayer’s and attracts the best young horses suited to an extended trip. The race was first run in 2005, the year that the meeting was extended to four days. It now has a traditional spot on the card as the race before the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Bobs Worth won this novice event in 2011 and won the Gold Cup two years later. 

Result

1st: Minella Indo (50/1) Henry de Bromhead (trainer), Rachael Blackmore (jockey)

2nd: Commander of Fleet (4/1F) Gordon Elliott, Jack Kennedy

3rd: Allaho (8/1) Willie Mulliins, Ruby Walsh

The Last 10 Winners of the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle 

  • 2019 - Minella Indo (50/1) Henry de Bromhead (trainer), Rachael Blackmore (jockey)
  • 2018 - Kilbricken Storm (33/1) Colin Tizzard (trainer) Harry Cobden (jockey)
  • 2107 - Penhill (16/1) Willie Mullins, Paul Townend  
  • 2016 – Unowhatimeanharry (11/1) Harry Fry, Noel Fehily 
  • 2015 – Martello Tower (14/1) Margaret Mullins, Adrian Heskin
  • 2014 - Very Wood (33/1) Noel Meade, Paul Carberry
  • 2013 – At Fishers Cross (11/8F) Rebecca Curtis, AP McCoy
  • 2012 – Brindisi Breeze (7/1) Lucinda Russell, Campbell Gillies
  • 2011 – Bobs Worth (15/8F) Nicky Henderson, Barry Geraghty
  • 2010 – Berties Dream (33/1) Paul John Gilligan, Andrew Lynch

Pointers And Reasoning

This is the stayers’ novices hurdle and the race is competitive and takes some winning. Two favourites have won in the last 10 years but three horses have won the race at 33/1 and 2019 saw a 50/1 winner. The last six winners have been at double figure odds. Most of the leading contenders have run over three miles in the past. There have been 10 different successful trainers and jockeys over the last decade. 

Guide to the Cheltenham Gold Cup (3.30pm)

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2019 Cheltenham Festival Day Four – Friday March 15th 

  • Steeple Chase (Three miles and two and a half furlongs – New Course) 
  • Open to horses ages four-years-old and older 

The Gold Cup is known as the Blue Riband of steeple chasing and the most prestigious race of the four day meeting. It was first run in 1819 but at the time the race was run over three miles on the flat. In 1924 the race first appeared on the calendar in its current format. The Cheltenham Gold Cup after the Grand National is the race anybody connected with the sport would like to win rather than any other. The race is always run on the last day of the festival.

Result

1st: Al Boum Photo (12/1) Willie Mullins (trainer), Paul Townend (jockey)

2nd: Anibale Fly (22/1) AJ Martin, Barry Geraghty

3rd: Bristol De Mai (18/1) Nigel Twiston-Davies, Daryl Jacob

The Last 10 Winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup 

  • 2019 - Al Boum Photo (12/1) Willie Mullins (trainer), Paul Townend (jockey)
  • 2018 - Native River (9/2) Colin Tizzard, Richard Johnson
  • 2017 - Sizing John (7/1) Jessica Harrington, Robbie Power
  • 2016 – Don Cossack (9/4F) Gordon Elliott, Barry Cooper 
  • 2015 - Coneygree (7/1) Mark Bradstock, Nico de Boinville
  • 2014 - Lord Windermere (33/1) Jim Culloty, Davy Russell
  • 2013 – Bobs Worth (11/4F) Nicky Henderson, Barry Geraghty
  • 2012 – Synchronised (8/1) Jonjo O'Neil, AP McCoy
  • 2011 – Long Run (7/2F) Nicky Henderson, Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
  • 2010 – Imperial Commander (7/1) Nigel Twiston-Davies, Paddy Brennan

Pointers

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious steeplechase in the world and is one of the most demanding. The race is won by horses with stamina, jumping ability and a turn of foot which is a rare combination. Three outright favourites have won the race since 2008 and most came from the top three in the betting. Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson are multiple winning trainers over the last decade.

Guide to the Foxhunters’ Chase (4.10pm)

2019 Cheltenham Festival Day Four – Friday March 15th 

  • Steeple Chase (Three miles and two and a half furlongs – New Course) 
  • Open to horses ages five-years-old and older 

The Foxhunters’ Chase dates back to 1904 and traditionally is the race on the card immediately after the Gold Cup. The race is often called the ‘amateur Gold Cup’ because it brings together the best horses from the hunter chasers scene. The Foxhunters’ is run over the same distance and number of fences as the Gold Cup and horses not far below the best level have been successful in the past. 

Result

1st: Hazel Hill (7/2F) - Philip Rowley (trainer), Mr Alex Edwards (jockey)

2nd: Shantou Flyer (7/1) Richard Hobson, Mr David Maxwell

3rd: Top Wood (33/1) Kelly Morgan, Miss Tabitha Worsley

 

The Last 10 Winners of the Foxhunters’ Chase 

  • 2019 - Hazel Hill (7/2F) - Philip Rowley (trainer), Mr Alex Edwards (jockey)
  • 2018 - Pacha Du Polder (18/1) Paul Nicholls. Miss H C Tucker 
  • 2017 - Pacha Du Polder (16/1) Paul Nicholls, Bryony Frost
  • 2016 – On The Fringe (13/8F) Enda Bolger, Nina Carberry 
  • 2015 – On The Fringe (6/1) Enda Bolger, Nina Carberry
  • 2014 - Tammys Hill (15/2) Liam Lennon, James Smyth
  • 2013 – Salsify (2/1F) Roger Sweeney, Colman Sweeney
  • 2012 – Salsify (7/1) Roger Sweeney, Colman Sweeney
  • 2011 – Zemsky (33/1) Ian Ferguson, Derek O'Connor
  • 2010 – Baby Run (9/2 J2F) Nigel Twiston-Davies, Sam Twiston-Davies
  • 2009 – Cappa Bleu (11/2) Sheila Crow, Richard Burton

Fact File

The race after the Gold Cup is the amateur’s version and is run over the same distance. Even though the race is for amateur jockeys there are some very good ones in the unpaid ranks Most winners ran in point-to-points or Hunter Chases but many have also won a race under Rules.

The Grand Annual Handicap Chase (4.50pm)

2019 Cheltenham Festival Day Four – Friday March 15th 

  • Steeple Chase (Two miles and 100 yards – New Course) 
  • Open to horses ages five-years-old and older 

The race is a Grade handicap run just over the minimum distance and there are 14 fences to be jumped over about one and a quarter circuits of the New Course. The Grand Annual is the oldest race at the festival and in the National Hunt calendar, dating back to 1834. The race is the one of the festival and is named in the honour of Johnny Henderson who did much to secure the future of Cheltenham racecourse in the early 1960’s when property developers showed in interest in the site. 

Result

1st: Croco Bay (66/1) - Ben Case (trainer), Kielan Woods (jockey)

2nd: Bun Doran (11/1) - Tom George, Paddy Brennan

3rd: Brelan D'As (8/1) - Paul Nicholls, Bryony Frost

4th: Forest Bihan (33/1) - Brian Ellison, Danny Cook

 

The Last 10 Winners of the Grand Annual Handicap Chase 

  • 2019 - Croco Bay (66/1) Ben Case (trainer), Kielan Woods (jockey)
  • 2018 - Le Prezien (10/1) Paul Nicholls, Barry Geraghty
  • 2017 - Rock The World (10/1) Jessica Harrington, Robbie Power
  • 2016 – Solar Impulse (28/1) Paul Nicholls, Sam Twiston-Davies 
  • 2015 – Next Sensation (16/1) Michael Scudamore, Tom Scudamore
  • 2014 – Savello (16/1) Tony Martin, Davy Russell
  • 2013 – Alderwood (3/1F) Thomas Mullins, Tony McCoy
  • 2012 – Bellvano (20/1) Nicky Henderson, Paul Carberry
  • 2011 – Oiseau de Nuit (40/1) Colin Tizzard, Stephen Clements
  • 2010 – Pigeon Island (6/1) Nigel Twiston-Davies, Paddy Brennan 

Pointers 

This used to be the closing race of the festival but has swapped places with the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle. It’s a chase over the minimum distance in which only one favourite has prevailed in the last 10 runnings. The vast majority of winners are aged under 10 and novices have done well despite the race being a handicap. Only Paul Nicholls has trained the winner of this race twice in the past ten year. 

The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle (5.30pm)

2019 Cheltenham Festival Day Four – Friday March 15th 

  • Hurdle Race (Two miles and four furlongs – New Course) 
  • Open to horses ages four-years-old and older 

The race was added to the festival programme in 2009 and is named after the 15-times National Hunt champion trainer who retired in 2006. Martin Pipe trained 34 winners at the Cheltenham Festival and his son David has maintained the family tradition by training winners at the meeting and Comply Or Die who won the Grand National in 2008. The David Pipe named event race is the last hurdle race of the meeting which culminates with a steeple chase.  

Result

1st: Early Doors (5/1) - JP O'Brien (trainer), Jonjo O'Neill Jr (jockey)

2nd: Dallas Des Pictons (7/2) - Gordon Elliott, Donagh Meyler

3rd: Defi Bleu (14/1) Gordon Elliott, Conor Brassel

4th: Champagne Court (14/1) - Jeremy Scott, Rex Dingle

The Last 10 winners of the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle 

  • 2019 - Early Doors (5/1) - JP O'Brien (trainer), Jonjo O'Neill (jockey)
  • 2018 - Blow by Blow (10/1) - Gordon Elliott. D Meyler 
  • 2017 - Champagne Classic (12/1) Gordon Elliott, JJ Slevin
  • 2016 – Ibis De Rheu (14/1) Paul Nicholls, Jack Sherwood 
  • 2015 – Killultagh Vic (7/1) Willie Mullins, Luke Dempsey
  • 2014 - Don Poli (12/1) Willie Mullins, Mikey Fogarty
  • 2013 – Salubrious (16/1) Paul Nicholls, Harry Derham
  • 2012 – Attaglance (20/1) Malcolm Jefferson, Harry Haynes
  • 2011 – Sir Des Champs (9/2F) Willie Mullins, Emmet Mullins
  • 2010 – Pause And Clause (14/1) Emma Lavelle, Johnny Farrell

Pointers

Only one favourite has won this handicap hurdle since 2009 and only three winners have had a starting price of less than 10/1. Willie Mullins has won the race three times since 2011 with the horses carrying different jockeys.Gordon Elliott has trained the winner in two of the last three runnings of this race.There have been no multiple winning riders over the last 9 years since the race was introduced to the Festival in 2009. Horse aged 5 and 6 have dominated the payout places. 

 

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