A big crowd is expected at Exeter racecourse on Tuesday 6th November as they stage the 2018 Haldon Gold Cup Chase – a Grade 2 limited handicap run over 2m1f.
Here at JuiceStorm we’ve got all the key stats to look out for ahead of the 2018 renewal, this year run on Tuesday 7th November. Did you know that 11 of the last 16 winners were French-bred?
Recent Haldon Gold Cup Winners
2017 – POLITOLOGUE (5/2 fav)
2016 – SIR VALENTINO (10/1)
2015 – VIBRATO VALTAT (5/2 fav)
2014 – GOD’S OWN (8/1)
2013 – SOMERSBY (9/2)
2012 – CUE CARD (5/6 fav)
2011 – MEDERMIT (7/2)
2010 – TCHICO POLOS (3/1)
2009 – PLANET OF SOUND (4/1 fav)
2008 – ASHLEY BROOK (8/1)
2007 – PABLO DU CHARMIL (9/2)
2006 – IMPEK (9/1)
2005 – MONKERHOSTIN (10/1)
2004 – AZERTYUIOP (6/5 fav)
2003 – EDREDON BLEU (7/2)
2002 – EDREDON BLEU (10/1)
Haldon Gold Cup Betting Trends
16/16 – Returned 10/1 or shorter in the betting
15/16 – Had won a chase race over at least 2m2f before
15/16 – Having their 1st run of the new season
14/16 – Officially rated 150 or higher
13/16 – Had won at least 3 times over fences before
11/16 – Won by a French-bred horse
10/16 – Carried 10-9 or more
10/16 – Winning distance – 3 lengths or more
10/16 – Aged 6 or 7 years-old
9/16 – Finished in the top 3 last time out
9/16 – Ran at either Aintree (4) or Cheltenham (5) last time out
7/16 – Unplaced favourites
7/16 – Had won just 3 previous times over fences
4/16 – Carried 11-10
4/16 – Had won over fences at Exeter before
4/16 – Aged 7 years-old
4/16 – Trained by Paul Nicholls
5/16 – Winning favourites
3/16 – Ridden by Richard Johnson
3/16 – Won their last race
2/16 – Ridden by Ruby Walsh
2/16 – Trained by Philip Hobbs
2/16 – Trained by Tom George
The average winning SP in the last 16 years is 11/2
JUICESTORM VERDICT: It’s a shame the race has cut up a bit and we’ve only got five runners heading to post. Trainer Paul Nicholls, who took the prize 12 months ago, is responsible for two of those runners – Diego Du Charmil and San Benedeto. Both look to have decent chances too. Diego Du Charmil was a NICE winner of the Maghull Novices’ Chase at Aintree last season but despite having the form to take this isn’t the most consistent. He also ran well for much of the race behind Altior at Sandown last April but at just 6 years-old there should be more to come from him with another summer on his back, but there is a slight niggle about the longer trip here. He’s gone well fresh in the past too and the good ground will help him in staying this slightly longer trip, while 10 of the last 16 winners were also aged 6 or 7 years-old. However, of the Nicholls pair I prefer SAN BENEDETO, who is now 7 years-old, can be expected to be much better for a recent run at Kempton too. He finished ahead of his stablemate at Sandown when running Altior to just over 3 lengths back in May and that form would see he go close here. Add in that he was also a fair second (beaten just 2 lengths) in this 12 months ago, plus jockey Bryony Frost is able to claim a handy 3lbs then he seems to have a lot going for him. Of the rest, Gods Own can’t be ruled out as he won this race in 2014 but is a very hard horse to win with these days. He’s often placed in the top 2m chase races is now 10 races without a victory and been third in 4 of his last 5 starts. The Philip Hobbs team last won this race in 2009 and in Ozzie The Oscar they’ve a live chance too. This 7 year-old returned to the track with a fair third at Ffos Las last month and so far from his 5 chase starts is yet to finish out of the first three (winning three times). He’s a very consistent sort and still looks as if there is more to come. He’s improved around 15lbs over the last year and is hard to rule out he will also have the assistance of the champion jockey – Richard Johnson. THEO makes up the five runners and despite looking likely to be the outsider does have a squeak too with just 10st-8lbs to carry. He’s fit having won twice a few months ago and wasn’t disgraced when 5th of 8 in a Grade Two at Aintree last time over a trip that probably stretched him. He’ll like the ground too and will have Sam Twiston-Davies doing the steering. He probably rates the value in the race.
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