bet365 Gold Cup
Grade 3 Handicap,
£160,000 guaranteed, 5yo plus,
3m 4f 166y, Class 1
|Saturday 23rd April 2022|
1 Hewick 16/1
2 Musical Slave 5/1
3 Kitty''s Light 4/1F
15 ran Distances: 8l, ½l, 16l
Time: 7m 26.58s (slow by 7.58s)
Winner of the Durham National at Sedgefield in the autumn, Shark Hanlon’s Hewick was pulled up on his return from a break in last month’s Midlands National at Uttoxeter.
But back on a sounder surface for the traditional seasonal finale, the seven-year-old proved a different proposition in the hands of leading Irish conditional Jordan Gainford.
Step Back, winner of the race four years ago, gave a bold sight in front for much of the three-mile-five-furlong journey under amateur rider Lily Bradstock, but was a tired horse turning for home.
As he faltered, Hewick swept to the lead and never really looked in danger of being caught as he galloped all the way up the hill to score comfortably by eight lengths.
Musical Slave filled the runner-up spot, just ahead of 4-1 favourite Kitty’s Light in third.
Bet365 Gold Cup Chase
£160,000 guaranteed, 5yo plus, 3m 4f 166y, Class 1
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
POS. DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 Hewick 7 11-7 John Joseph Hanlon Jordan Gainford 16/1
2 8 Musical Slave 9 10-2 Philip Hobbs Tom O'Brien 5/1
3 ½ Kitty's Light 6 11-3 Christian Williams Jack Tudor 4/1F
4 16 Step Back 12 10-2 Mark Bradstock Miss Lily Bradstock 33/1
5 13 Cap Du Nord 9 10-7 Christian Williams Sam Twiston-Davies 16/1
6 13 Streets Of Doyen 8 10-11 John C McConnell Brian Hayes 15/2
FELL Win My Wings 9 11-12 Christian Williams Mr R James 13/2
PU Fidux 9 10-12 Alan King Daryl Jacob 25/1
PU Prime Venture 11 10-5 Evan Williams Adam Wedge 50/1
PU Via Dolorosa 10 10-7 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 80/1
PU Potterman 9 11-7 Alan King Tom Cannon 16/1
PU Enrilo 8 11-2 Paul Nicholls Harry Cobden 9/2
PU Flegmatik 7 10-11 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 12/1
PU Domaine De L'Isle 9 10-12 Sean Curran Brian Hughes 25/1
PU El Paso Wood 8 10-0 David Pipe Philip Armson 50/1