2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup
|Cheltenham Gold Cup|
|Date||16 March 2012|
|Owner||J. P. McManus|
|Conditions||Good, good to soft in places|
Fourteen horses ran and the steeplechase was won by 8/1 shot Synchronised, who was trained by Jonjo O'Neill and ridden by Tony McCoy. Synchronised completed the course in a time of 6 minutes 36.19 seconds and won by a distance of 2¼ lengths from second-placed The Giant Bolster.
Kauto Star was attempting to win the Gold Cup for the third time and made a prominent start, but was weakened by a poor jump at the eighth fence and pulled-up by jockey Ruby Walsh before the tenth of the 22 fences.
- Sponsor: Betfred
- Winner's prize money: £284,750
- Going: Good, good to soft in places
- Number of runners: 14
- Winner's time: 6 mins 36.19 secs
Fourteen ran in the race; the Irish-trained Quel Esprit made the card but did not run. Ten completed the course, three were pulled-up by their jockeys during the race, and one, What A Friend, fell at the second fence.
|1||Synchronised (IRE)||Tony McCoy||Jonjo O'Neill||8/1||Won by 2¼ lengths||£284,750|
|2||The Giant Bolster||Tom Scudamore||David Bridgwater||50/1||¾ length||£106,850|
|3||Long Run (FRA)||Mr. Sam Waley-Cohen||Nicky Henderson||7/4 fav||5 lengths||£53,500|
|4||Burton Port (IRE)||Barry Geraghty||Nicky Henderson||8/1||1½ lengths||£26,650|
|5||Time For Rupert (IRE)||Denis O'Regan||Paul Webber||33/1||10 lengths||£13,400|
|6||Knockara Beau (IRE)||Jan Faltejsek||George Charlton||66/1||11 lengths||£6,700|
|7||Midnight Chase||Dougie Costello||Neil Mulholland||12/1||17 lengths|
|8||China Rock (IRE)||Andrew Lynch||Mouse Morris (IRE)||100/1||15 lengths|
|9||The Midnight Club (IRE)||Paul Townend||Willie Mullins (IRE)||100/1||7 lengths|
|10||Carruthers||Mattie Batchelor||Mark Bradstock||100/1||Last to complete|
|DNF||Diamond Harry||Noel Fehily||Nick Williams||20/1||Pulled up, 18th fence|
|DNF||Weird Al (IRE)||Jason Maguire||Donald McCain||8/1||Pulled up, 18th fence|
|DNF||Kauto Star (FRA)||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls||3/1||Pulled up, 10th fence|
|DNF||What A Friend||Daryl Jacob||Paul Nicholls||25/1||Fell, 2nd fence|
† Trainers are based in Great Britain unless indicated.
- Foaled: 7 March 2003, in Ireland
- Sire: Sadler's Wells; Dam: Mayasta
- Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill
- Owner: J. P. McManus
- Breeder: Mrs. Noreen McManus
- Paul Eacott (2011-06-02). "GOLD CUP Synchronised outstays rivals under McCoy - Horse Racing News". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
- "Results from the 3.20 race at CHELTENHAM - 16 March 2012". Racing Post. 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2012-03-19.