Coral Gold Cup
Grade 3 Handicap,
Newbury 14:50
£250,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus,
3m 1f 214y, Class 1  
Saturday 2nd December 2023

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1 Datsalrightgino 16/1
2 Mahler Mission 15/2
3 Monbeg Genius 13/2
4 Eldorado Allen 18/1
20 ran Distances: 3¾l, 6½l, 2l
Time: 6m 38.12s (slow by 10.12s)

Datsalrightgino, ridden by Gavin Sheehan, secured victor for Jamie Snowden, moving from last to first.

The Lambourn handler continues to build on his success, adding this prestigious win to his achievements, including the Paddy Power Gold Cup with Ga Law and the Cheltenham Festival triumph with You Wear It Well.

Despite originally being slated to ride his stablemates in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle and Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle, Sheehan's plans changed due to the meeting's cancellation because of snow and frost. He substituted for Tom Cannon and delivered an exceptional ride on the 16-1 winner.

As Cloudy Glen faded from the lead, Shakem Up’Arry and Mahler Mission took charge. Mahler Mission briefly seemed poised for redemption after a late fall at Cheltenham in March, but Sheehan expertly guided Datsalrightgino, addressing concerns about stamina. The result was a convincing win, crossing the finish line three and three-quarter lengths ahead, with Monbeg Genius in third and Eldorado Allen in fourth.


Snowden said: “These big handicaps are very hard to win and fair play to the whole team.

“He’s not short of speed and we’ve been mainly campaigning over two miles as a novice chaser and he improved 20lb and Gavin said ‘I can’t wait to go up to three miles’. He was right, that was the first time up at three miles and how right was Gavin.

“It’s the Coral Gold Cup, it’s a wonderful, wonderful race and one of the biggest chases of the season, so you can’t really have high expectations but we knew he was in good order and we knew there might be some exposure in his mark over that trip if it worked.

“It’s weird how things work out, but thankfully Gav was on board and he knows the horse so well. Thankfully it all worked well in the end.

“He was second preference up there (at Newcastle). We did talk about it. The plan was always to come here, but you have to keep your options open. The Rehearsal was a possibility but thankfully this was on and it all came right in the end.”

Despite his big winners at Cheltenham, it was a special moment for the handler to win his local track’s feature contest.

“It is really special, the Coral Gold Cup is a home match and it is what training in Lambourn is all about, it’s the home racecourse, it’s a dream come true,” Snowden added.

“It’s the jumping centre of England in my mind – Nicky Henderson trains from there – and it’s a great place to train.

“We all need these big races and to win the Paddy Power last year was great and to win the Coral Gold Cup is wonderful, it’s a dream come true and what we are in it for.

“As boys growing up, you come here as a young lad thinking about it and here we are, it’s great.

“We’ll enjoy today and think about the future tomorrow.”


Coral Gold Cup (Grade 3 Handicap)
£250,000 guaranteed, 4yo plus, 3m 1f 214y, Class 1
20 ran
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places

1    Datsalrightgino 7 10-7 Jamie Snowden Tom Cannon 16/1
Mahler Mission 7 10-10 John C McConnell Ben Harvey 15/2
Monbeg Genius 7 10-6 Jonjo O'Neill Jonjo O'Neill Jr 13/2
2 Eldorado Allen 9 10-13 Joe Tizzard Brendan Powell 18/1
Cloudy Glen 10 10-2 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 20/1
¾ Shakem Up'Arry 9 10-2 Ben Pauling Ben Jones 33/1
shd Ga Law 7 10-11 Jamie Snowden Jonathan Burke 33/1
Bill Baxter 7 10-2 Warren Greatrex Paul O'Brien 18/1
nk Stolen Silver 8 11-2 Sam Thomas Sam Twiston-Davies 14/1
2 Complete Unknown 7 10-11 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 4/1F
Twig 3 8 10-2 Ben Pauling Beau Morgan 9/1
nk Zanza 9 10-13 Philip Hobbs & Johnson White Micheal Nolan 33/1
18 Kitty's Light 7 10-6 Christian Williams Nick Scholfield 28/1
FELL Our Power 8 10-5 Sam Thomas Adam Wedge 33/1
FELL Midnight River 8 11-1 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 10/1
PU Remastered 10 10-9 David Pipe Jack Tudor 33/1

PU Ahoy Senor 8 12-0 Lucinda Russell Derek Fox 12/1
PU Max Flamingo 8 10-2 Francis Casey Simon Torrens 50/1
PU Dusart 8 10-13 Nicky Henderson James Bowen 22/1
PU Stumptown 6 10-2 Gavin Cromwell Danny Mullins 9/1