Caspian Caviar Gold Cup
Handicap Chase, Cheltenham 14:00
Grade 3, £100,000 added,
4yo plus,
2m 5f, Class 1  
Saturday 13th December 2014

1 Niceonefrankie 16/1
2 Barrakilla 9/2
3 Edgardo Sol 14/1
NR: Tatenen (FR)
12 ran Distances: 6l, ½l, 12l
TIME 5m 17.90s (slow by 10.90s)

Niceonefrankie hoses up for Venetia Williams in Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham

© Racehorse Photos

Venetia Williams' eight-year-old jumped his rivals into submission under Aidan Coleman to take the big handicap at odds of 16-1.

Niceonefrankie was at the front for a long way and though he grew weary late on, he was still six lengths too strong for Barrakilla, with Edgardo Sol another half a length away in third.

Caid Du Berlais, the BetVictor Gold Cup winner, never seemed happy with his lot before he was pulled up after the ninth fence having made a bad mistake.

Splash Of Ginge travelled well for a long way, but both he and No Buts fell four out to essentially gift the race to Niceonefrankie, who also won on his last start at Ascot in November.

Coleman said: "It's great for Venetia and the team - they're a great team. He's quite a few pounds higher (than Ascot), but it was a brilliant performance.

"He's bull ignorant and not the most well-mannered horse, but he's everything you want in a racehorse. He's a star."

Williams added: "Hopefully this is the start, rather than the end. We've had him since he was a two-year-old, he's by a sprinter and it's been a while getting him here. I didn't want to bring him until he was worthy. I always said when he was fully matured we'd see the best of him.

"The plan was to sit handy, but his jumping really put them under pressure. I was praying he didn't walk up the hill. People were wanting to celebrate with me almost before the last fence, but I was trying to tell them all he hadn't won yet.

"It had been quite a task to get him here so I don't want to look beyond this yet."

Barrakilla's trainer Evan Williams said: "I'm very happy with that. He got a bit outpaced, but the winner was very impressive.

"It's very difficult to win these races, but even more so with a young horse. It was only his fifth run over fences so he's run really well."


The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup
£100,000 added, 4yo plus, 2m 5f, Class 1
12 runners
Going: Good to Soft

Pos Dist Horse / Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Niceonefrankie 16/1
Aidan Coleman
11-5 Miss V Williams 8
2nd 6 Barrakilla (IRE) 9/2j
Paul Moloney
10-12 Evan Williams 7
3rd ½ Edgardo Sol (FR) 14/1
N D Fehily
11-12 Miss E C Lavelle 7
4th 12 Carrigmorna King (IRE) 25/1
R Johnson
11-3 P J Hobbs 8
5th 11 Darna 12/1
A P McCoy
11-7 K C Bailey 8
6th Easter Meteor 20/1
T Scudamore
11-10 D Pipe 8
7th 15 Attaglance 9/1
B Hughes
11-6 J M Jefferson 8
PU Caid Du Berlais (FR) 9/2j
S Twiston-Davies
11-11 P F Nicholls 5
PU Ericht (IRE) 8/1
B J Geraghty
11-0 N J Henderson 8
F Splash of Ginge 11/1
Ryan Hatch (5)
11-8 N A Twiston-Davies 6
F No Buts 13/2
J E Moore
11-3 D G Bridgwater 6
F Workbench (FR) 18/1
Harry Skelton
10-7 D Skelton 6
NR Tatenen (FR)
Non Runner
11-2 R Rowe 10