Sportingbet Haldon Gold Cup Chase
Grade 2, Exeter 14:20
£62,500 added,
4yo plus,
2m 1f 110y, Class 1  
Tuesday 3rd November 2015

1 Vibrato Valtat 5/2F
2 Third Intention 15/2
3 God's Own 7/2
NR: Court Minstrel (IRE)
5 ran Distances: 4l, 2¼l, 5l
TIME 4m 26.30s (slow by 23.30s)

Despite a last fence blunder Vibrato Valtat won with plenty in hand. Sire de Grugy was last of the 5 after early error and tired very quickly

After that impressive win Coral made Vibrato Valtat the 3/1 fav for the Tingle Creek, in from 12s

Vibrato Valtat
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Vibrato Valtat

Vibrato Valtat travelled powerfully throughout under Sam Twiston-Davies, but there were still four horses in with a realistic chance on entering the home straight.

Dunraven Storm, last year's winner God's Own, former Champion Chase winner Sire De Grugy and the eventual winner all jumped the fourth-last in a line. Sire De Grugy and Vibrato Valtat soon pulled clear, but Gary Moore's stable star blew up at the second-last, leaving the grey with a clear advantage.

Paul Nicholls' charge fluffed the last but the 5-2 favourite won by an eased-down four lengths from the staying-on Third Intention.

Nicholls said: "The faster they go, the better for him as he loves coming off a fast pace.

"The idea was to get a lead as long as we could as he doesn't want to be in front too soon but he just cruised to the front two out. He missed the last but galloped on nicely.

"He could go to Cheltenham in a week and a bit (Shloer Chase) but I would love to run him in the Tingle Creek.

"He loves Sandown and won the Henry VIII and it might be the right thing to do."

Twiston-Davies said: "It's a great starting point for his season, Paul had this lined up at the back end of last season.

"Bar the last, he's done everything right.

"He's a horse you like to have a target on so when Dicky (Richard Johnson on Dunraven Storm) was in front it was ideal, but when he was left in front for so long that might have contributed to his mistake.

"Paul was saying if he ended up at Sandown (Tingle Creek) it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world."

Sire De Grugy's jockey Jamie Moore said: "I'm disappointed but I don't think he is as good as he was. It is as simple as that.

"We had a great couple of years and maybe he is not quite up to this level any more.

"I don't think he will be winning a Queen Mother as he would have to improve a lot. Hopefully he can come back, though."

Sportingbet Haldon Gold Cup Chase
(Limited Handicap)
£62,500 added, 4yo plus, 2m 1f 110y, Class 1
5 ran
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Vibrato Valtat (FR) 5/2f Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 6
2nd 4 Third Intention (IRE) 15/2 D A Jacob
C L Tizzard 8
3rd God's Own (IRE) 7/2 P J Brennan
T R George 7
4th 5 Dunraven Storm (IRE) 7/2 R Johnson
P J Hobbs 10
5th 28 Sire De Grugy (FR) 11/4 J E Moore
G L Moore 9
NR Court Minstrel (IRE) 14/1 Paul Moloney
Evan Williams 8