14:25 Cheltenham 17 Nov 2018

BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) (4YO plus)

Winner £90,032 - 20 declared to run - Draw Advantage: None

4

2m 4f 44y

Good-good to soft in places

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No.
Form
Horse
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Age / Wt / OR
Jockey / Trainer
Timeform says (star rating)
Timeform says (star rating)
Printouts
1
21350-1
iT
Royal blue, white chevron, hooped sleeves, white cap (Mr P J Vogt)

Frodon (FR)  20 

b g Nickname - Miss Country (Country Reel)

6 11-12 t
161 WS2
6 11-12 t
161 WS2

Prolific as a novice and posted a high-class efforts to defy top weight in valuable handicaps at Cheltenham in January and Aintree on return. Rider has since lost claim so effectively 6 lb higher now.

Prolific as a novice and posted a high-class efforts to defy top weight in valuable handicaps at Cheltenham in January and Aintree on return. Rider has since lost claim so effectively 6 lb higher now.

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2
31211-1
iT
Dark green, maroon stars, maroon cap (Mr T P Radford)

Mister Whitaker (IRE)  13 

b g Court Cave - Benbradagh Vard (Le Bavard)

6 11-3
152
6 11-3
152

Went from strength to strength over fences last season, winning 19-runner Close Brothers Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival on final start. Impressive win at Carlisle on return and lots to like.

Went from strength to strength over fences last season, winning 19-runner Close Brothers Handicap at the Cheltenham Festival on final start. Impressive win at Carlisle on return and lots to like.

3
U1U1/12
iT
Dark blue, white sleeves, dark blue diamonds and cap (Axom Lii)

Javert (IRE)  20 

b g Kayf Tara - Royalrova (Garde Royale)

9 11-1
150
9 11-1
150

Winner of all his completed starts over fences before good second to Frodon in Old Roan at Aintree 3 weeks ago. Remains low mileage for his age.

Winner of all his completed starts over fences before good second to Frodon in Old Roan at Aintree 3 weeks ago. Remains low mileage for his age.

4
4/1113-4
iT
Light green, royal blue chevron, chevrons on sleeves (Mr Ashley Head)

Benatar (IRE)  36 

b g Beneficial - Carrigeen Lily (Supreme Leader)

6 11-0
149
6 11-0
149

Took record to 3 from 3 in this sphere at Ascot last season before creditable third in Grade 1 JLT at Cheltenham Festival. Should prove better for return (pulled hard) and big field likely to suit.

Took record to 3 from 3 in this sphere at Ascot last season before creditable third in Grade 1 JLT at Cheltenham Festival. Should prove better for return (pulled hard) and big field likely to suit.

5
18/1U12-
iT
Black, white seams, white sleeves, black armlets, black cap (Matt & Lauren Morgan)

Rather Be (IRE)  249 

b g Oscar - Irish Wedding (Bob Back)

7 11-0
149
7 11-0
149

Progressive in light campaign over fences in 2017/18, winning 2 of first 3, and producing best effort when head second to Mister Whitaker in Close Brothers over C&D at the Festival. Big player.

Progressive in light campaign over fences in 2017/18, winning 2 of first 3, and producing best effort when head second to Mister Whitaker in Close Brothers over C&D at the Festival. Big player.

6
12143-F
iT
Dark blue, yellow stripe, yellow and dark blue striped sleeves, dark blue cap, yellow star (Mr J Henderson (Co Durham))

Kalondra (IRE)  104 

b g Spadoun - Mystic Vic (Old Vic)

7 10-13 t
148
7 10-13 t
148

Smart as a novice last season, winning twice, including here. In process of showing improved form when departing at Galway when last seen in August and potentially well handicapped on that evidence.

Smart as a novice last season, winning twice, including here. In process of showing improved form when departing at Galway when last seen in August and potentially well handicapped on that evidence.

7
12122/2
iT
White, dark green hoops, white sleeves and cap (Mr John Stone)

Baron Alco (FR)  34 

ch g Dom Alco - Paula (Network)

7 10-11
146
7 10-11
146

Fine second in C&D handicap at the Festival in 2017 and almost defied a 19-month absence at Chepstow 5 weeks ago, a stuttering leap at the last proving costly. Respected.

Fine second in C&D handicap at the Festival in 2017 and almost defied a 19-month absence at Chepstow 5 weeks ago, a stuttering leap at the last proving costly. Respected.

8
843156
iT
Emerald green and light blue stripes, diabolo on sleeves, emerald green cap, light blue diamond (Mrs Jane Gerard-pearse)

Shantou Village (IRE)  21 

b g Shantou - Village Queen (King's Theatre)

8 10-8 t1 p
143
8 10-8 t1 p
143

Took advantage of career low-mark to win 11-runner handicap chase (3/1) at Worcester (23f, good to soft) but below par here 3 weeks ago and back in trip/tongue tied now.

Took advantage of career low-mark to win 11-runner handicap chase (3/1) at Worcester (23f, good to soft) but below par here 3 weeks ago and back in trip/tongue tied now.

9
1356P-3
iT
Orange, black triple diamond, chevrons on sleeves (John And Heather Snook)

West Approach 21 

b g Westerner - Ardstown (Ardross)

8 10-7 b
142
8 10-7 b
142

Useful hurdler but didn't progress over fences in the way that looked likely early on last season. However, big step back in right direction when third here on return and drop back in trip will suit.

Useful hurdler but didn't progress over fences in the way that looked likely early on last season. However, big step back in right direction when third here on return and drop back in trip will suit.

10
17P82-5
iT
Royal blue, red star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap (Mr J D Neild)

Splash Of Ginge 9 

b g Oscar - Land Of Honour (Supreme Leader)

10 10-6
141
10 10-6
141

Inconsistent type but produced career-best effort to win this race 12 months ago from 7 lb lower. Ran respectably on return over hurdles at Newbury last week.

Inconsistent type but produced career-best effort to win this race 12 months ago from 7 lb lower. Ran respectably on return over hurdles at Newbury last week.

11
21121-2
iT
Yellow, purple star, purple sleeves, yellow armlets, purple cap (Mr Will Roseff)

Happy Diva (IRE)  13 

b m King's Theatre - Megans Joy (Supreme Leader)

7 10-5 t
140
7 10-5 t
140

Useful mare who won novices at Ludlow, Bangor and Ascot last season, and shaped well when good second to Mister Whitaker at Carlisle on return, but unlikely to reverse that form.

Useful mare who won novices at Ludlow, Bangor and Ascot last season, and shaped well when good second to Mister Whitaker at Carlisle on return, but unlikely to reverse that form.

12
2/423P-U
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Movewiththetimes (IRE)  17 

ch g Presenting - Dare To Venture (Darazari)

7 10-5
140
7 10-5
140

Smart hurdler who raced exclusively at Cheltenham in novice campaign over fences, often shaping well. Let down by jumping on return but remains unexposed.

Smart hurdler who raced exclusively at Cheltenham in novice campaign over fences, often shaping well. Let down by jumping on return but remains unexposed.

13
152/35P-
iT
Orange, dark blue star, orange sleeves, dark blue stars, dark blue cap (Bryan Drew)

King's Socks (FR)  219 

b g King's Best - Alexandrina (Monsun)

6 10-4 t1
139 WS
6 10-4 t1
139 WS

Some very good form over hurdles/fences in France. Promise over fences first 2 starts for this yard, including when fifth in C&D handicap at Festival, but disappointed at Aintree since. Tongue tied.

Some very good form over hurdles/fences in France. Promise over fences first 2 starts for this yard, including when fifth in C&D handicap at Festival, but disappointed at Aintree since. Tongue tied.

14
5507-43
iT
Purple, white disc, yellow sleeves, purple diamonds, purple and yellow quartered cap (Mr Chris Giles & Mr Dan Macdonald)

Romain De Senam (FR)  7 

b g Saint Des Saints - Salvatrixe (Housamix)

6 10-3 t h
138 1
6 10-3 t h
138 1

Mixed record after winning first 2 starts last season but shaped well when fourth at Maket Rasen on return and failed to settle at Aintree last week. Not impossible with hood back on.

Mixed record after winning first 2 starts last season but shaped well when fourth at Maket Rasen on return and failed to settle at Aintree last week. Not impossible with hood back on.

15
14/14P-3
iT
Red, white disc, diabolo on sleeves (Options O Syndicate)

Ballyandy 31 

b g Kayf Tara - Megalex (Karinga Bay)

7 10-2
137
7 10-2
137

Champion Bumper/Betfair Hurdle winner who made successful chase bow last autumn. Failed to progress in 3 runs since, however, often let down by jumping.

Champion Bumper/Betfair Hurdle winner who made successful chase bow last autumn. Failed to progress in 3 runs since, however, often let down by jumping.

16
4113-57
iT
Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap (Mr John P McManus)

Geordie Des Champs (IRE)  14 

br g Robin Des Champs - Kilcoleman Lady (Presenting)

7 10-2
137
7 10-2
137

Won novice handicap at Taunton and novice at Hereford in 2017/18. Ran creditably on return at Uttoxeter, but below form in Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot last time. Others preferred.

Won novice handicap at Taunton and novice at Hereford in 2017/18. Ran creditably on return at Uttoxeter, but below form in Sodexo Gold Cup at Ascot last time. Others preferred.

17
91U68-2
iT
Dark blue, yellow diamond and sleeves, royal blue cap, red diamond (Mrs Pat Sloan)

Guitar Pete (IRE)  15 

gr g Dark Angel - Innishmore (Lear Fan)

8 10-2
137
8 10-2
137

Had a fine campaign in 2017-18, winning Caspian Caviar Gold Cup on new course here. All the better for return when good second at Wetherby and likely to give his running once more.

Had a fine campaign in 2017-18, winning Caspian Caviar Gold Cup on new course here. All the better for return when good second at Wetherby and likely to give his running once more.

18
F1/16F-2
iT
Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap (Mr A Brooks)

Willie Boy (IRE)  31 

b g Tikkanen - Pandora's Moon (Tamayaz)

7 10-1
136 WS2
7 10-1
136 WS2

Useful form over fences for Venetia Williams and ran to a similar level on debut for new yard when second in handicap at Wetherby last month. Remains unexposed.

Useful form over fences for Venetia Williams and ran to a similar level on debut for new yard when second in handicap at Wetherby last month. Remains unexposed.

19
1319P-8
iT
Black, mauve hoops, white sleeves, mauve cap (The Angove Family)

Eamon An Cnoic (IRE)  20 

b g Westerner - Nutmeg Tune (Accordion)

7 10-0 t p
135
7 10-0 t p
135

Won novice at Haydock and novice handicap at Plumpton in 2017/18. Not unduly punished on return over hurdles at Aintree last month, and likely to strip fitter now, but work to do from this mark.

Won novice at Haydock and novice handicap at Plumpton in 2017/18. Not unduly punished on return over hurdles at Aintree last month, and likely to strip fitter now, but work to do from this mark.

20
22-3211
iT
Light blue, white epaulets, halved sleeves, red cap (Foxtrot Racing: Whoshotwho)

Whoshotwho (IRE)  119 

br g Beneficial - Inishbeg House (Glacial Storm)

7 10-0
135 1
7 10-0
135 1

Confirmed the promise of chasing debut when winning at Market Rasen last 2 starts (dead-heating last time) but likely to find this too competitive.

Confirmed the promise of chasing debut when winning at Market Rasen last 2 starts (dead-heating last time) but likely to find this too competitive.

Verdict

A contest that usually goes to progressive chasers and MISTER WHITAKER looks to fit the bill. Mick Channon's gelding improved 27lb in the handicap last season with his season ending with success over C&D in the Close Brothers at the Festival when denying Rather Be by a head. Despite the fact the latter is 9lb better off on this occasion, the former produced an excellent performance on his return 13 days ago in the Colin Parker Memorial at Carlisle, beating Happy Diva by two and a quarter lengths, and still looks to have further improvement in him. The aforementioned Rather Be will appreciate a sounder surface to what he encountered for most of last season and bids to give Nicky Henderson his second victory in the race after Fondmort in 2003. Baron Alco and Benatar both hold solid claims for Gary Moore, but the pair have a couple of questions to answer with the former needing to back up a fine effort when second to Charbel at Chepstow after a long absence and the latter needs to be less headstrong to aid his cause. A safer each-way proposition looks to be Old Roan winner Frodon. Paul Nicholls' gelding has a fine record in handicaps of this nature, winning two around here, and cannot be discounted despite a 3lb rise in the weights.

Verdict

KALONDRA has long since threatened to win a race of this nature, and with conditions likely to be in his favour, is fancied to enhance the fine record of second-season chasers in this race. Rather Be and Mister Whitaker look obvious threats, while Movewiththetimes is another who has the ability to be involved at a bigger price.

Previous Winners
Year Going Ran Winner Draw Age Weight OR Form Last run Trainer (Distance) Jockey SP Time
2017 Soft 17 Splash of Ginge 9 10 6 134 12500-4 15 days N Twiston-Davies (1 miles) T Bellamy 25/1 5:23.20
2016 Soft 17 Taquin Du Seuil 9 11 11 156 49165-6 35 days Jonjo O'Neill (1 miles) A Coleman 8/1 5:16.10
2015 Good to Soft 20 Annacotty 7 11 0 147 8-3P10F 218 days A King (44 miles) I Popham 12/1 5:12.40
2014 Soft 18 Caid Du Berlais 5 10 13 143 21532-7 108 days P Nicholls (69 miles) S Twiston-Davies 10/1 5:25.50
2013 Good 20 Johns Spirit 6 10 2 139 26733-1 28 days Jonjo O'Neill (1 miles) R McLernon 7/1 5:07.50
2012 Soft 18 Al Ferof 7 11 8 159 1-11343 219 days P Nicholls (69 miles) R Walsh 8/1 5:25.75
2011 Good to Soft 20 Great Endeavour 7 10 3 147 41-62F6 217 days D Pipe (100 miles) T J Murphy 8/1 5:01.20
2010 Good to Soft 18 Little Josh 8 10 8 146 F1F16-1 13 days N Twiston-Davies (1 miles) S Twiston-Davies 20/1 5:12.80
2009 Soft 16 Tranquil Sea 7 10 13 148 1556-21 14 days E J O'Grady A J McNamara 11/2 5:23.50
2008 Soft 19 Imperial Commander 7 10 7 139 173-114 337 days N Twiston-Davies (1 miles) P Brennan 13/2 5:17.34