Cheltenham’s November Meeting: Gloucestershire-trained Splash of Ginge wins BetVictor Gold Cup

Three days of exhilarating Jump racing concluded when Cheltenham’s November Meeting ended yesterday afternoon.
The biggest story for the county came when Gloucestershire trained outsider Splash of Ginge took a shock victory in the BetVictor Gold Cup on Saturday, ridden by jockey Tom Bellamy. The 25-1 shot, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, took the lead late on and held off Starchitect (10-1) and Le Prezien (6-1) in an intense finish.

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Kylemore Lough (4-1) was favourite going into the race and moved into the lead at the halfway mark, but struggled after a mistake at the ninth fence.


Ian Renton, the Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses in the South West, said: “We have had a fantastic three days, and it is always lovely to start in the sort of glorious weather we enjoyed on Friday. The ground was fantastic, thanks to the work of Simon Claisse and the team.
“That was followed by a deluge on Saturday that none of us expected, but it was good to see such great racing despite that, and a crowd that came here and enjoyed the facilities despite the conditions.”
Reflecting on Gloucestershire trained Splash Of Ginge’s win in the BetVictor Gold Cup, Renton said: “We all love pictures of jockeys winning under blue skies and sunshine, but seeing the mud-spattered scenes of Saturday was true Jump racing. Everyone comes out in all conditions and it shows how stalwart the Jumping fraternity and racegoers are.
“The Sunday of the November Meeting, is one of my favourites, with some real quality. The first and second from last season’s Betway Champion Chase, Special Tiara and Fox Norton, came back, albeit they finished in reverse order today. They were lovely to see.

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“The attendance was very similar to last year, and while we didn’t quite hit the 70,000 mark over three days it was still a very good turnout.
“It’s a huge honour for me to be part of this wonderful racecourse. I’ve been lucky enough to work here for five years and to be involved with the development, and to see it grow and change. The racegoers now have the space and the facilities that a racecourse of this stature deserves.”
The Stats:
Trainer      1st  2nd  3rd
Nicky Henderson    3  2  –
Colin Tizzard     3  –  1
Paul Nicholls     2  2  2
Philip Hobbs     1  1  3
Fergal O’Brien     1  1  1
Harry Fry     1  1  –
David Pipe     1  1  –
Dan Skelton     1  1  –
Nigel Twiston-Davies    1  1  –
Michael Blake     1  –  –
Paul Henderson     1  –  –
Alan King     1  –  –
Kerry Lee     1  –  –
Michael Scudamore    1  –  –
Tom George     –  2  1
Emmanuel Clayeux FR    –  1  1
Gavin Cromwell IRE    –  1  –
Malcolm Jefferson     –  1  –
Sophie Leech     –  1  –
Joseph O’Brien IRE    –  1  –
Jockey      1st  2nd  3rd
Paddy Brennan     2  2  1
Harry Cobden     2  1  –
Bryan Cooper     2  –  –
Richard Johnson     1  2  3
Tom Scudamore     1  2  1
Nico De Boinville     1  1  1
Barry Geraghty     1  1  1
Harry Skelton     1  1  –
James Bowen     1  –  1
Bryony Frost     1  –  1
Tom Bellamy     1  –  –
Kieron Edgar     1  –  –
Mr Richard Harding    1  –  –
Wayne Hutchinson    1  –  –
Richard Patrick     1  –  –
Brendan Powell     1  –  –
Adrian Heskin     –  2  1
Charlie Deutsch     –  1  –
Brian Hughes     –  1  –
Mr Hugo Hunt     –  1  –
Countryside Day – Friday, November 17
12.40pm Markel Insurance Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase
What A Moment (Bryan Drew & Steve Roper) David Pipe/Mr Richard Harding 11/1
1.15pm Fairlight Books Novices’ Handicap Hurdle
Magic Dancer (Mark E Smith & The Magic Partnership) Kerry Lee/Richard Patrick 100/30 Fav
1.50pm BetVictor Handicap Chase
Doitforthevillage (The Rockbourne Partnership) Paul Henderson/Paddy Brennan 13/2
2.25pm Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase
Finian’s Oscar (Ann & Alan Potts Limited) Colin Tizzard/Bryan Cooper 10/11 Fav
3.00pm Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase
Kingswell Theatre (John Murray) Michael Scudamore/Tom Scudamore 14/1
3.35pm Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)
On The Blind Side (Alan Spence) Nicky Henderson/ Nico de Boinville 9/2
BetVictor Gold Cup Day – Saturday, November 18
12.40pm JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)
Apple’s Shakira (J P McManus) Nicky Henderson/Barry Geraghty Evens Fav
1.15pm Novices’ Chase
Black Corton (The Brooks, Stewart Families & Jeremy Kyle) Paul Nicholls/Bryony Frost 4/1
1.50pm Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Perfect Candidate (ISL Recruitment) Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan 7/1
2.25pm BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
Splash Of Ginge (J D Neild) Nigel Twiston-Davies/ Tom Bellamy 25/1
3.00pm Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle (Listed Race)
Thomas Campbell (Richard & Lizzie Kelvin Hughes) Nicky Henderson/ James Bowen 13/8 Fav
3.30pm Martin & Co Jewellers Intermediate Handicap Hurdle
Coole Cody (Wayne Clifford) Michael Blake/ Brendan Powell 25/1
4.00pm Experience The Theatre At The Festival Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed Race)
Posh Trish (Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Posh Trish) Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden 9/4 Fav
The Open Sunday – Sunday, November 19
1.15pm Velcourt Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
Melrose Boy (Paul & Clare Rooney) Harry Fry/Kieron Edgar (3) 11/4 Fav
1.50pm Racing Post Arkle Trophy Trial Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)
North Hill Harvey (Mrs G Widdowson & Lizzie Kelvin Hughes) Dan Skelton/Harry Skelton 6/4
2.25pm Shloer Chase (Grade 2)
Fox Norton (Ann & Alan Potts Limited) Colin Tizzard/Bryan Cooper 4/5 Fav
3.00pm Unibet Greatwood Handicap Hurdle
Elgin (Elite Racing Club) Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson 10/1
3.30pm Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)
Slate House (Eric Jones, Geoff Nicholas, John Romans) Colin Tizzard/Harry Cobden 5/2
4.00pm High Sheriff of Gloucestershire’s Standard Open NHF Race (Listed Race)
Crooks Peak (Andy Tilley) Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson 4/1
2017 2016
Friday, Countryside Day – 21,612  20,933 
Saturday, BetVictor Gold Cup Day – 30,634  31,942
Sunday, The November Meeting Sunday – 16,172  16,293
Totals – 68,418  69,168

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