Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup
Betfred Horse Racing
Grade 1
£550,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 2f 110y, Class 1
Friday 13th March 2015 - Enjoy racing online

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Holywell followed up his Baylis and Harding Affordable Luxury Handicap Chase win at Cheltenham with a dominant performance in the Betfred Mobile Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree on April 4, sealing a wide-margin victory with a soaring jump at the final fence.

His fourth win on the trot saw the Jonjo O'Neill-trained chaser rise to the top of the 2015 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup market.

Jockey Tony McCoy said: "I would never have said he was a Gold Cup contender before, but he has beaten all of them today convincingly," he said.

"In form this horse will be the best chaser we see all year. It is not impossible for him to win the Gold Cup."

A comfortable victory for Carlingford Lough at the Punchestown Festival saw the eight-year-old earn quotes of 25-1 with Paddy Power for the 2015 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Carlingford Lough
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Carlingford Lough
A P McCoy enjoyed his first success of the meeting when capturing the Grade 1 Growise Champion Novice Chase for trainer John Kiely.

"He's always been a consistent horse and Tony gave him a brilliant ride," said Kiely. "He deserves a holiday now and we'll start him off in conditions races in the autumn and see what happens.

"He's been a very easy horse to train and this was perfect ground for him. There was a lovely cover of grass. He likes to come from behind."

A P McCoy added: "I think in fairness to John Kiely, he did everything because he's been on the go since Galway. It is great training to be able to keep a horse going at the top level.

"He seemed to handle the better ground today. He jumped well today, if a little bit left at times but the trainer really deserves all the credit.

"His owner (J P McManus) told me about a year and a half ago that he would win the Galway Plate. He's got more knowledge than most of us.

"He's done nothing but improve. His jumping has improved and that has helped him to improve. John Kiely deserves all the credit."

Winning owner J P McManus commented: "He hasn't missed a dance all season and to see how he was today is a credit to John Kiely and all his team.

"A P gave him the perfect ride. I'm sure he wouldn't have minded if they had gone a stride faster but he is a horse you have to hang on to for a while. Ruby (Walsh, second on Ballycasey) gave him something to aim at and thankfully he delivered. He is a really nice horse.

"I was tempted to run him in the Grand National but I think John thought too much of him to run him there so we brought him to Punchestown.

The victory saw the John Kiely-trained eight-year-old earn quotes of 25-1 with Paddy Power for next year's Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup

Betfred Horse Racing

Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 2014
£550,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 2f 110y, Class 1
13 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Lord Windermere
J H Culloty
D N Russell
11st 10lbs
20 - 1
On His Own
W P Mullins
D J Casey
11st 10lbs
16 - 1
Short Head
The Giant Bolster
D G Bridgwater
T Scudamore
11st 10lbs
14 - 1
3/4 length
Silviniaco Conti
P F Nicholls
N Fehily
11st 10lbs
11 - 4
1 length
Bobs Worth
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
11st 10lbs
6 - 4
2 1/4 lengths
Lyreen Legend
D T Hughes
P Carberry
11st 10lbs
33 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
Knockara Beau
G A Charlton
Jan Faltejsek
11st 10lbs
66 - 1
11 lengths
Miss R Curtis
Nick Scholfield
11st 10lbs
33 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
Houblon Des Obeaux
Miss V Williams
L Treadwell
11st 10lbs
50 - 1
3 lengths
Triolo D'Alene
N J Henderson
A P McCoy
11st 10lbs
10 - 1
6 lengths
Miss V Williams
Aidan Coleman
11st 10lbs
66 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
Cloudy Too
Mrs S J Smith
Jonathan England
11st 10lbs
50 - 1
Last Instalment
P Fenton
B T O'Connell
11st 10lbs
15 - 2
First Lieutenant
M F Morris
D J Casey
11st 10lbs

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