Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup
horse racing tipster
Grade 1
£550,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 2f 110y, Class 1
Friday 14th March 2014

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1 Lord Windermere 20/1
2 On His Own 16/1
3 The Giant Bolster 14/1
NR: First Lieutenant (IRE)
13 ran Distances: shd, ¾l, 1l

Lord Windermere won a thrilling renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup for trainer Jim Culloty and jockey Davy Russell.

Lord Windermere
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Lord Windermere

Culloty joined a rare group who have both ridden and trained a Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup winner in an incident packed renewal of Jump racing's most-prestigious event.

Culloty, who partnered three-time Gold Cup winner Best Mate, had an anxious few minutes while waiting for the result of stewards' enquiry into interference before Lord Windermere was confirmed the winner.

"They were the worst few minutes of my life," said Culloty. "This was so unbelievable that I almost expected to lose the race.

"He won the RSA last year and the obvious thing was to come to the Gold Cup this time. We just tipped away with him and he was not right at Christmas but we kept tipping away.

"I'd told Davy Russell to take his time but half way round I wondered what he was doing - I wanted to sack him! I told him to take his time and ride the horse to get a place but he exaggerated the waiting tactics a bit too much! We'd just said to drop in and take his time and not to panic.

"Everyone has said the horses haven't been right but I've only got 25 horses and 10 of those would be three-year-olds so it's pretty impressive to have two winners here, including a Gold Cup."

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Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)
£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




On His Own
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On His Own

A £27,500 supplementary entry fee paid a handsome dividend today for owners Andrea and Graham Wylie when their horse On His Own finished second in the Gold Cup.

In a compelling finish, the eventual winner Lord Windermere, plus On His Own and third-placed The Giant Bolster fought out a close finish on the stands' rail, while on the other side of the course fourth-placed Silviniaco Conti got the better of a duel with favourite Bobs Worth. On His Own, a 16/1 shot, was beaten a short-head, but was three-quarters of a length ahead of The Giant Bolster, who started at 14/1.

After a stewards' enquiry the first past the post, Lord Windermere, was adjudged the winner, but Wylie said: "It was well worth spending the money to supplement him. I'm not at all disappointed, just proud of the horse. He did better than we expected. Coming down to the second-last I thought he might be sixth or seventh, but then his stamina kicked in and he flew up the hill.

"It was Willie's idea to come here, but after he won the Bobbyjo Chase he and Ruby suggested he might make a Gold Cup horse. When Cue Card came out we decided to put him in. This was a hard race so we'll see, but Punchestown is an obvious one."

On His Own's trainer said he would consider lodging an appeal against the result, but admitted he would have been delighted if, this morning, someone had said he would finish second. Mullins added: "Four weeks ago he was a handicapper going for the Grand National, but after he won the Bobbyjo Chase I said let's go for the Punchestown Gold Cup, and when I got home I looked up the cost of supplementing for this race.

"I discussed it with Graham, went through the form and reckoned he could get into the mix. David [Casey] gave him a great ride."

The Giant Bolster
The Giant Bolster
David Bridgwater said of The Giant Bolster, whose Betfred Gold Cup form reads second, fourth and now third, said: "That was brilliant. It wasn't the smoothest race and he had traffic problems, but I'm delighted. I think you will look at that race and with a bit of luck say we could have won. I hope people realise he's a good horse now."

Owner Simon Hunt added: "David Bridgwater's Gold Cup record is brilliant, and this horse has won three times on Trials Day. David has turned himself inside out for this horse - he's a dream horse who we bought as a three-year-old. David deserves more horses."

Tom Scudamore who rode The Giant Bolster, said: "What a wonderful horse to be placed in three Gold Cups. I hope he and David Bridgwater get the credit they deserve."

Paul Nicholls said of fourth-placed Silviniaco Conti: "He ran a blinder. He jumped the last in front and could do no more. He ran right and then left and was left on his own a bit. The first three helped each other, but I'm not complaining."

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Noel Fehily, rider of fourth Silviniaco Conti, said: "He ran a blinder - he galloped all the way to the line."

Barry Geraghty, on board last year's winner and 6/4 favourite Bobs Worth, who finished fifth, said: "I was on the stretch a lot of the way. I know I thought he wanted better ground but he just didn't have the pace for really good ground. Because I was on the stretch his jumping was under pressure. He ran a good race - he ran his heart out but just didn't get there at the last. It was hard work for him today. You can't expect to win every year. There are plenty of years for him - he's a young horse."

Nicky Henderson, trainer of Bobs Worth ,added: "He's not done an awful lot wrong. He was outpaced a little bit most of the way and the ground was possibly a little bit quick for him."

Paul Carberry, rider of sixth Lyreen Legend, said: "He ran a great race but just missed the second last - they probably went a bit slow for him."

Nick Scholfield, partner of eighth Teaforthree, said: "It was a perfect trial for the Grand National. He ran a great race and jumped super - he just couldn't quite go with the rest two out. I would definitely fancy him for the National - it was the perfect prep race for it."

A P McCoy, jockey of 10th Triolo D'Alene, said: "I got a great ride off him."