Coole Cody stuck at it to take the Paddy Power Gold Cup on day two of the Paddy Power Cheltenham November Meeting. It was far from flawless, but he kept going under Tom O’Brien to stretch away from the rest and take the Grade 3 contest in style.
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Every race today was available to watch live and completely free on Paddy’s app and on PP.com and yes, that included the ones that weren’t on the telly. It’s the same for the final day of the November Meeting on Sunday as well.
Congratulations if you opted in and backed Stimulating Song to win in the 15:25 with a minimum stake of £5. You’re safely in the hat for the Millionaire’s Chase on New Year’s Day!
Essential reading for Day Three Of the November Meeting
- Frank Hickey’s Thinking about 14/1 shot at Cheltenham on Sunday
- A runner-by-runner guide to Sunday’s Greatwood Handicap Hurdle
- Sunday’s best bets on day three of the November Meeting
A scrappy opener was taken by Duffel Coat in a race that was run at a brisk pace. Cabot Cliffs tried to string them out from the off and enjoyed a five to six length lead for most of this contest. He faded from two out and it was Duffel Coat, the back marker for much of the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle, who sprung forward to maintain his winning run.
Storm Control and Athurs Gift led the 11-strong field for most until the former started to turn up the heat and edged away into a four-length lead three from home. A slight stumble over the last couldn’t stop Storm Control from winning the South West Syndicate Handicap Chase. He headed off the late challenges of Bermeo and Lamanver Pippin but it was rather impressive from the winner who made all and proved his stamina over this distance on soft ground.
Gumball made the early running and was looking in good shape in the From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast Novices’ Chase until a heavy fall at the second last which hampered all but Eldorado Allen who was able to saunter home as the others took evasive action. Quel Destin and Le Patriote battled it out for second and it was the former who crossed the line as the next best.
Coole Cody led early, perhaps fired up by the loose horse, but made plenty of errors around the first two thirds of the race and was reeled in as the rain lashed down at Cheltenham. However, he was still just in front over the last and somehow found more in the tank to extend away after the final jump to take the Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase. Spiritofthegames, Al Dancer and Kauto Riko all had a go but couldn’t match Coole Cody’s kick and they finished in that order.
The field bunched up with all in contention two jumps from home. Dandy Dan did the early running but it was On The Blind Side, Mrs Milner and Golan Fortune who broke clear to contest the Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle. Nico De Boinville’s ride, On The Blind Side, just had enough to fed off Mrs Milner and Golan Fortune faded a shade to finish third.
Topofthecostwolds made the running in the Paddy Power First Millionaire Qualifier Intermediate Handicap Hurdle until Whatsupwithyou took the mantle two from home, quickly opening a big lead into the last. However, he faded and started to head towards the far rail giving Stimulating Song the chance to pounce which he duly took to win inside the final 1/2 furlong by a couple of lengths.
Congratulations if you opted in and backed Stimulating Song to win with a minimum stake of £5. You’re safely in the hat for the Millionaire’s Chase on New Year’s Day!
Ucanaver strolled into a 10-length lead in the growing gloom at Cheltenham in the final race of the second day of the November Meeting. But the pack cut the deficit and a number had a chance as they were spread out across the track up the home straight. Like yesterday, the best finish was saved ’til last as the front two, Ishkhara Lady and Elle Est Belle, couldn’t be separated by a photo in the darkness and it was declared a dead heat. Jersey Lady was some way back in third.
Results for day two of Cheltenham’s November Meeting on Saturday
12:30 JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2, 2m ½f)
1: 1. Duffel Coat 2/1
2: 2. Adagio 6/1
3: 3. Balko Saint 18/1
13:05 South West Syndicate Handicap Chase (3m1f)
1: 7. Storm Control 5/1
2: 12. Bermeo 15/2
3: 6. Lamanver Pippin 9/2
13:40 From The Horse’s Mouth Podcast Novices’ Chase (Grade 2, 2m)
1: 2. Eldorado Allen 13/2
2: 5. Quel Destin 7/2
3: 4. Le Patriote 18/1
14:15 Paddy Power Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3, 2m 4f)
1: 16. Coole Cody 10/1
2: 8. Spiritofthegames 14/1
3: 4. Al Dancer 5/1
4: 12. Kauto Riko 50/1
14:50 Paddy Power Games Handicap Hurdle (Listed, 3m)
1: 2. On The Blind Side 7/1
2: 11. Mrs Milner 4/1
3: 5. Golan Fortune 4/1
15:25 Paddy Power First Millionaire Qualifier Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (2m 5f)
1: 7. Stimulating Song 9/1
2: 4. Whatsupwithyou 9/2
3: 8. Captain Tom Cat 3/1F
15:55 Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed, 2m½f)
1: 6. Ishkhara Lady 11/2
1: 4. Elle Est Belle 16/5
3: 7. Jersey Lady 33/1
4: 1. Allavina 14/1
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