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Poquelin Retains the Vote A P Gold Cup
11/12/10

1 Poquelin 16/1
2 Great Endeavour 13/2
3 Sunnyhillboy 9/1
4 Calgary Bay 16/1
16 ran Distances: 1l, 6l, ½l
TIME 5m 10.26s (slow by 3.26s)

Poquelin defied the history books to become the only horse ever to land the Vote AP Gold Cup at Cheltenham twice following his win last year.

Poquelin
© Grossick Racing Photography

Poquelin

Carrying top weight of 11st 12lb, less jockey Ian Popham's 5lb claim, the seven-year-old took up the running approaching the second-last, but Great Endeavour joined him and looked as if he was going to add to his Festival win in March.

However, despite the huge weight difference, Poquelin (16-1) found plenty and held off his rival by a length, with Sunnyhillboy staying on from well back for third and Calgary Bay fourth.

Winning trainer Paul Nicholls said: "I thought he was a big price even though he was disappointing in the Paddy Power. He doesn't like that track (the Old Course) when it is watered in the autumn and he does prefer this New Course.

"Ian gave him a peach of a ride and I thought if he ran to his Ryanair form he would have a big chance.

"He ran well on his seasonal debut in the Old Roan against Monet's Garden and I thought the handicapper was a bit harsh - but he has been proved right and he has run to his true mark today.

"He won't go for handicaps now - he'll go straight for the Ryanair again."

Popham added: "It's a dream to ride horses like this and he made my life so easy, he travelled and jumped so well.

"The plan was to go down the inner the whole way - turning into the straight we got a nice gap and he really flew up the straight. The ground was the key to him today, he zips off this better ground."

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Poquelin
P F Nicholls
Ian Popham
11st 12lbs
16 - 1
Winner
2
Great Endeavour
D Pipe
T J Murphy
10st 5lbs
13 - 2
1 length
3
Sunnyhillboy
Jonjo O'Neill
R P McLernon
10st 2lbs
9 - 1
6 lengths
4
Calgary Bay
Miss H C Knight
Hadden Frost
10st 6lbs
16 - 1
1/2 length
5
Little Josh
N A Twiston-Davies
S Twiston-Davies
11st 4lbs
13 - 2
11 lengths
6
Mad Max
N J Henderson
P Carberry
11st 6lbs
10 - 1
6 lengths
7
Pigeon Island
N A Twiston-Davies
P J Brennan
10st 0lbs
33 - 1
9 lengths
8
Northern Alliance
A J Martin
A P Heskin
10st 10lbs
20 - 1
7 lengths
9
Robinson Collonges
P F Nicholls
N Fehily
10st 11lbs
15 - 2
4 1/2 lengths
10
Matuhi
D Pipe
T Scudamore
10st 0lbs
12 - 1
23 lengths
11
Finger Onthe Pulse
T J Taaffe
A P McCoy
10st 10lbs
25 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
12
Dave's Dream
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
10st 11lbs
5 - 1
1 1/2 length
PulledUp
Psycho
A J Martin
D N Russell
11st 1lbs
10 - 1
Fell
Noble Alan
N G Richards
B Harding
10st 6lbs
16 - 1
PulledUp
Gonebeyondrecall
N F Glynn
Paul Moloney
10st 0lbs
50 - 1
PulledUp
Duers
P Magnier
A E Lynch
10st 0lbs
66 - 1
       

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