BetVictor Greatwood Gold Cup
Grade 3 Handicap, Newbury 13:55
£100,000 guaranteed,
5yo plus,
2m 3f 187y, Class 1  
Saturday 2nd March 2024


1 Heltenham 17/2
2 Kandoo Kid 9/2C
3 Gustavian 11/1
9 ran Distances: 2l, 8l, 1l
Time: 5m 10.80s (slow by 17.80s)

Just a week after narrowly missing out on victory at Kempton, Dan Skelton’s seven-year-old gelding, Heltenham, returned to the track as a 17-2 shot. Under the skilled guidance of jockey Ciaran Gethings, Heltenham made a strong move in the home straight, surging past the leaders and taking the lead before the second-to-last obstacle.

Despite a spirited challenge from Kandoo Kid, a 9-2 joint-favorite aiming to secure Paul Nicholls’ 10th Greatwood Gold Cup win, Heltenham held his ground. When pressed, he found an extra gear and crossed the finish line with a comfortable two-length margin, securing his second course and distance victory.

“It’s definitely the biggest pot I’ve won, it’s just brilliant to be riding horses like this for a brilliant outfit like the Skeltons,” Gethings told Sky Sports Racing.

“I got instructions from both Harry and Dan and it’s a nice payday. He loved the ground, he was very unlucky last week in Cheltenham and the track would have suited him a lot better today. 

“When you’re surrounded by people like the Skeltons and Stuart Edmunds and Kim Bailey you’re going to find a good one at some point, it was nice”

Greatwood Gold Cup (Grade 3 Handicap)
£100,000 guaranteed, 5yo plus, 2m 3f 187y, Class 1
9 ran
Going: Heavy, Soft in places

1    Heltenham 7 10-9 Dan Skelton Ciaran Gethings 17/2
2 Kandoo Kid 8 11-5 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 9/2C
8 Gustavian 9 10-10 Anthony Honeyball Rex Dingle 11/1
1 Sir Psycho 8 11-1 Harry Derham Paul O'Brien 8/1
10 Gemirande 8 10-13 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 12/1
Bill Baxter 8 11-0 Warren Greatrex James Bowen 9/2C
PU Jetoile 9 12-0 Ryan Potter Dylan Johnston 8/1
PU Grandeur D'Ame 8 10-12 Alan King Tom Cannon 8/1
PU Highstakesplayer 8 10-9 Tom Lacey Stan Sheppard 9/2C

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