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were sent off no bigger than 8/1 last time out and finished in the first 6
had raced left-handed at least three times
had been ridden by the declared jockey 2+ times and recorded a win
were sent off no bigger than 8/1
Should We Avoid The Veterans?
One of the regular trends that come up for the Gold Cup each year is the seemingly poor recent record of horses aged ten and above. Cool Dawn’s 25/1 victory in 1998 was the last time a horse in that age group recorded a win.
These statistics seem to suggest that older horses are unlikely to be winning in 2017 but is that really the case?
Ten-year-old On His Own was beaten just a short-head by Lord Windermere in 2010 and Denman (twice), Kauto Star and Mon Mome were all placed in the Gold Cup when ten or older. Cue Card was ten years old in last year’s race but looked all set to be involved in the finish before taking a bad fall at the third last fence.
The reality of the actual numbers for horses aged ten or over in the last ten renewals are as follows:
• 34 horses aged 10 to 12 have run in the Gold Cup in the last ten years
• 0 have won
• 5 have been placed
• 11 failed to complete the course
• 18 completed the course outside of the places
• 10 were priced at 66/1 or above
• 6 were priced at 5/1 or shorter and recorded the following finishes: F, PU, 3, PU, 2, F
Gold Cup Last Ten Winners
Table below shows the last ten Gold Cup winners, their age at the time of winning their trainer, jockey and starting price betting odds.
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Mr S Waley-Cohen
Gold Cup Tips from Trainers Ten Year Record
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Willie Mullins has become the dominant trainer at the Cheltenham Festival over the last couple of years but he has yet to win the Gold Cup despite finishing runner-up on no less than six occasions, including in each of the last four years.
Paul Nicholls is a four time winner of the Gold Cup and sent out the winner or the runner up in every year from 2007 to 2011. 2016 was the first year Nicholls did not have a runner in the Gold Cup since 2004.
Nicky Henderson has won the Gold Cup twice in the last six years but does not appear to have an obvious candidate for 2017.
Jonjo ONeills runners in the Gold Cup are usually extremely well supported with five of his six runners in the last ten years going off at odds of under 10/1.
Gordon Elliott won the Gold Cup with his first ever runner in 2016 and with his powerful connections looks sure to add to this win in the next few years.
Gold Cup Tips from Jockeys Ten Year Record
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Ruby Walshs six rides where he has completed the course in the last ten years have all made the frame at least.
Barry Geraghty has rewarded each-way punters just once in the last ten years when successful on Bobs Worth at 11/4 in 2013.
Paddy Brennan won on 7/1 shot Imperial Commander in 2010 and would surely have gone close again last year had Cue Card not fallen at the third last fence.
Davy Russell rode the biggest priced winner of the Gold Cup since 1998 when partnering Lord Windermere to success in 2014.
Bryan Cooper has had just two rides in the Gold Cup but he has rewarded each-way support on both occasions finishing third on Road To Riches in 2015 and winning on Don Cossack in 2016.
Amazingly Champion Jockey Richard Johnson has had just two rides in the Gold Cup in the last ten years partnering Captain Chris into sixth in 2013 and finishing fourth on Monkerhostin in 2007.
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OLBG member richard1963 feels that double runner-up Djakadam can finally come good in the Gold Cup:
Djakadam is the one horse in the field with proven top class form in the Gold Cup itself. Unlucky not to win in 2015 when runner up to Coneygree, Djakadam bettered that performance last year when runner up to top class Don Cossack who would no doubt be a strong favourite here if still in training. Djakadam ran a cracking race in the Lexus Chase when third to Outlander and Don Poli. Prior to that Djakadam had shown in the John Durkan that he has the pace to win over a shorter trip. I just have the feeling that this pace and proven ability to stay will prove decisive over the Gold Cup trip and the Lexus form can be turned on its head. Willie Mullins has rightly given Djakadam a break since the Lexus and he will arrive fully fit and fresh.
It is interesting that horses not having a run in the same calendar year have a decent strike and rate in the Gold Cup and I think that the runs in January prior to the 2015 and 2016 Gold Cups may have just taken the edge of Djakadan and am pleased Mullins has changed routine this year. Still only a 8 year old, Djakadam will be near the peak of his career come Gold Cup day and can deliver a long overdue Gold Cup for Willie Mullins.