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Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup
Grade 1, Cheltenham 15:30
£550,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 2f 110y, Class 1  
Friday 18th March 2016

Nov 10 Titanbet eased Vautour slightly to 9/2 from 4/1 following his winning reappearance at Ascot on November 21. Last season’s JLT Novices’ Chase winner at the Cheltenham Festival is now 9/4 from 5/2 for the King George after beating the race-fit Ptit Zig by a length-and-three quarters in the Stella Artois 1965 Chase.

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Nov 10 The 2016 running of the Gold Cup promises to have more strength in depth than any other this century, with Vautour, Coneygree, Don Cossack, Don Poli and Saphir Du Rheu all currently residing towards the top of the market.

Favouritism currently falls on Vautour at 4/1, with Coneygree remaining next best at 6/1. However, does the market have the duo the right way round?

After all Vautour has won on both his previous Prestbury Park visits by a combined distance of 21 lengths, with Coneygree securing victory on three of his four trips.

Both market leaders are second-season chasers and only 1lb separated the pair based on official ratings before they ran this term. Coneygree was rated 172 for his farcical seasonal reappearance in the three-runner Future Stars Chase, while Vautour is currently on a mark of 171 and not expected to return to action until the King George on Boxing Day.


The Gold Cup has been dominated by horses aged either eight or nine in recent years, with the only victor not emerging from this age range since 2007 being Long Run, who was the first six-year-old to triumph since 1963 when landing the spoils in 2011.

Vautour will only be seven by the time of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival, with Coneygree arguably at the peak age of nine as he attempts to defend his title.

As much as a decline could be expected from Coneygree after his previous Gold Cup heroics, no such signs were visible at Sandown in the Future Stars Chase on November 8, when he jumped and galloped his minimal rivals into submission.

He is also entered into the Hennessy Gold Cup next and another strong run off top weight against opposition that are potentially better handicapped would be solid Gold Cup preparation.

With Vautour not due to run until Boxing Day, knowing how well he has progressed over the summer remains a mystery.

Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 2015
£550,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 2f 110y, Class 1
16 ran
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Coneygree 7/1 Nico de Boinville
M Bradstock 8
2nd Djakadam (FR) 10/1 R Walsh
W P Mullins 6
3rd 2 Road To Riches (IRE) 8/1 B J Cooper
N Meade 8
4th 6 Holywell (IRE) 8/1 R P Mclernon
Jonjo O'Neill 8
5th 14 On His Own (IRE) 33/1 Mr P W Mullins
W P Mullins 11
6th 1 Many Clouds (IRE) 7/1 L P Aspell
O Sherwood 8
7th Silviniaco Conti (FR) 3/1f N D Fehily
P F Nicholls 9
8th hd Smad Place (FR) 25/1 W Hutchinson
A King 8
9th ¾ Carlingford Lough (IRE) 14/1 A P McCoy
J E Kiely 9
10th 14 Boston Bob (IRE) 33/1 P Townend
W P Mullins 10
11th nse Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 33/1 Aidan Coleman
Miss V Williams 8
PU Bobs Worth (IRE) 16/1 B J Geraghty
N J Henderson 10
PU Home Farm (IRE) 100/1 D J Casey
H De Bromhead 8
PU Lord Windermere (IRE) 20/1 D N Russell
J H Culloty 9
PU Sam Winner (FR) 20/1 S Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 8
PU The Giant Bolster 33/1 T Scudamore
D G Bridgwater 10
NR Don Cossack (GER) D J Condon
G Elliott 8
NR River Choice (FR) D Cottin
R Chotard 12