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15:30 Cheltenham Racecard - 15th March 2019

15:30 Cheltenham
Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1)
  • 5YO plus, 16 Runners
  • Winner £351,688, 2nd £132,500, 3rd £66,312, 4th £33,125, 5th £16,625, 6th £8,312, 7th £4,125, 8th £2,125
  • Distance 3m 2f 70y
  • Going Good to soft-soft in places
Race Conditions
Course Winner
Distance Winner
Horse Form
Won Last Time Out
Ran Within 30 Days
Order By Odds
# Runner
Silk
1
Al Boum Photo P Townend W P Mullins 7 yrs, 11-10 73 Form: F2F1R-1 Winner of two hurdle races and three chases from 2m to 2m 5f on ground varying from soft to soft - heavy. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 2-1fav at Tramore over 2m 5f (soft) in January, beating Total Recall by 6l.
Silk
2
Anibale Fly B J Geraghty A J Martin 9 yrs, 11-10 27 Form: 1F34-62 Winner of two hurdle races, two NH flat races and three chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good - yielding to yielding - soft. Beaten 2l by Monalee when second of 4 at 13-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase in the Group 2 Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park over 2m 4f (yielding - soft) last month.
Silk
3
Bellshill R Walsh W P Mullins 9 yrs, 11-10 40 Form: 3/151-41 Has won four hurdle races, two NH flat races and five chases from 2m to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to yielding - soft. A winner at 2-1 in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Unibet Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown over 3m (good) on his latest outing last month, beating Road To Respect by a short head.
Silk
4
Bristol De Mai D A Jacob N A Twiston-Davies 8 yrs, 11-10 79 Form: 1632-1F Has won two hurdle races and eight chases from 2m to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy. Fell at the 9th when 8-1 in the Group 1 King George VI Chase at Kempton over 3m (good to soft) in a Grade 1 chase won by Clan Des Obeaux in December last year on his latest outing.
Silk
5
Clan Des Obeaux Harry Cobden P F Nicholls 7 yrs, 11-10 27 Form: 123-411
7 Tips
Winner of a hurdle race, a NH flat race and five chases from 1m 4f to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase when 2-5fav in the Group 2 Betfair Denman Chase at Ascot over 3m (good to soft) last month, beating Terrefort by 11l. Has also won at Kempton this season.
Silk
6
Definitly Red Danny Cook B Ellison 10 yrs, 11-10 29 Form: 16U-112
1 Tip
Has won three hurdle races, three NH flat races, eight chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m 2f on ground varying from good to heavy. Beaten 2l by Captain Redbeard in a match at 1-6fav on his latest outing in a chase at Kelso over 2m 7f (good) last month. Has won at Aintree and Wetherby this season.
Silk
7
Double Shuffle J J Burke T R George 9 yrs, 11-10 20 Form: 74-F252 He has won two hurdle races and two chases from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good to soft, but last win was over two years ago. Beaten 1l by Walt when second of 10 at 8-1 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 888Sport Handicap Chase at Kempton over 3m (good) last month.
Silk
8
Elegant Escape T J O'Brien C L Tizzard 7 yrs, 11-10 48 Form: 33-1212
2 Tips
Winner of two hurdle races and four chases from 2m 3f to 3m 5f on ground varying from good to soft to heavy. Beaten 3/4l by Frodon when second of 6 at 2-1fav on his latest outing in a Grade 2 chase here over 3m 1f (good to soft) in January. Has won at Chepstow and Sandown this season.
Silk
9
Invitation Only Mr P W Mullins W P Mullins 8 yrs, 11-10 50 Form: 3P3U-31 Winner of a hurdle race, two NH flat races, three chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m 1f on ground varying from good - yielding to soft - heavy. Won on his latest outing in a chase when 4-1fav at Gowran Park over 3m 1f (soft) in January, beating Alpha Des Obeaux by 1 1/4l.
Silk
10
Kemboy D J Mullins W P Mullins 7 yrs, 11-10 77 Form: 4F11-11
1 Tip
Winner of a hurdle race and five chases from 2m 3f to 3m on ground varying from good to heavy. A winner at 8-1 in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown over 3m (good) on his latest outing in December last year, beating Monalee by 8l.
Silk
11
Wind Ops
Might Bite Nico de Boinville N J Henderson 10 yrs, 11-10 79 Form: 1121-57
1 Tip
Has won three hurdle races and seven chases from 2m 3f to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to soft. Well beaten at 3-1fav behind Clan Des Obeaux when seventh of 10 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 King George VI Chase at Kempton over 3m (good to soft) in December last year.
Silk
12
Native River R Johnson C L Tizzard 9 yrs, 11-10 79 Form: 13/11-23
3 Tips
Has won three hurdle races and eight chases from 2m 1f to 3m 5f on ground varying from good to soft. Third of 10 behind Clan Des Obeaux beaten 14l at 9-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 King George VI Chase at Kempton over 3m (good to soft) in December last year.
Silk
13
Presenting Percy D N Russell P G Kelly 8 yrs, 11-10 50 Form: 31121-1
6 Tips
Has won six hurdle races, a NH flat race and three chases from 2m to 3m 5f on ground varying from good to heavy. Won on his latest outing in a Grade 2 hurdle race when 9-4fav in the Group 2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park over 3m (soft) in January, beating Bapaume by 1 1/4l.
Silk
14
Thistlecrack T Scudamore C L Tizzard 11 yrs, 11-10 79 Form: 12/54-32
4 Tips
Has won eight hurdle races, a NH flat race and four chases from 2m to 3m 1f on ground varying from good to heavy, but last win was over two years ago. Beaten 1 1/2l by Clan Des Obeaux when second of 10 at 15-2 on his latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 King George VI Chase at Kempton over 3m (good to soft) in December last year.
Silk
15
Yala Enki Charlie Deutsch Miss V Williams 9 yrs, 11-10 27 Form: 166-135 Has won three hurdle races and six chases from 2m 1f to 3m 4f on ground varying from good to heavy. Well beaten at 6-1fav behind Robinsfirth when fifth of 15 on his latest outing in a Grade 3 chase in the Group 3 William Hill Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Haydock over 3m 4f (good) last month.
Silk
16
Wind Ops
Shattered Love J W Kennedy G Elliott 8 yrs, 11-3 77 Form: 125-220 Has won three hurdle races, a NH flat race, five chases and a point-to-point from 2m to 3m on ground varying from good - yielding to soft - heavy. Well beaten at 6-1 when 10th of 11 on her latest outing in a Grade 1 chase in the Group 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown over 3m (good) in December last year.
View Race Verdict And 25 Tips
Newspaper Tips
Silk Nap Tips Tipsters Odds
Clan Des Obeaux
7 Tips
7 Tips
  • Fortunatus Sheffield Star
  • Whistler Sunday Telegraph
  • The Guardian
  • Lawrence Taylor attheraces.com
  • POSTDATA
  • TOPSPEED
  • Rob Wright The Times
Presenting Percy
6 Tips
6 Tips
  • Garry Owen Daily Record
  • Karl Hedley Irish Post
  • Chris Goulding Scottish Express
  • The Scout Daily Express
  • Robin Goodfellow Daily Mail
  • Marlborough Telegraph
Thistlecrack
4 Tips
4 Tips
  • Wise Owl Belfast Newsletter
  • Spotlight Racing Post
  • Ebor The Press, York
  • Andrew King WEST COUNTRY
Native River
3 Tips
3 Tips
  • RP Ratings Racing Post
  • Patrick Weaver The Star
  • Jason Heavey The Star
Elegant Escape
2 Tips
2 Tips
  • Newsboy Daily Mirror
  • Templegate The Sun
Kemboy
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • Jim Delahunt Scottish Sun
Definitly Red
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • Richard Young THE NORTH
Might Bite
1 Tip
1 Tip
  • James Burn LAMBOURN
The Sportsman's Verdict
There seems no better place to start than with last year's winner NATIVE RIVER and, with Colin Tizzard's star gelding likely to get his ground conditions once again, he could complete a famous double in the race. Considering neither the tracks or ground would have been ideal in the Betfair and King George this season, there was plenty of positives to take from those performances and he will be much happier with the demands of this contest. Like 12 months ago, Richard Johnson is expected to be forcing the pace, booting his willing partner into every fence, and it will take a good, tough sort to get past him coming up the famous hill. Presenting Percy's Festival record speaks for itself, winning the Pertemps Final and RSA over the last couple of seasons, and despite the lack of a recent run over the larger obstacles, he demands respect representing a lethal trainer/jockey combination. Willie Mullins bids to win the Blue Riband event for the first time in his career and a four-man team of Kemboy, Al Boum Photo, Bellshill and Invitation Only give him a definite chance of doing just that, while Anibale Fly, third in this race last year, caught the eye staying on strongly over 2m4f at Gowran last time he looks to have an each-way squeak. Welsh National winner Elegant Escape would love a real test of stamina and is respected, while Clan Des Obeaux can't be overlooked following a couple of impressive Graded victories but his course record (0 from 4) is a concern.
The Sportsman's Prediction
Silk Pos Runner
1st Native River
2nd Kemboy
3rd Presenting Percy
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