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2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup

2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup
Horse Racing
Location Cheltenham Racecourse
Date 16 March 2012
Winning horse Synchronised
Starting price 8/1
Jockey Tony McCoy
Trainer Jonjo O'Neill
Owner J. P. McManus
Conditions Good, good to soft in places

The 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup (known as the Betfred Gold Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 84th annual running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup horse race held at Cheltenham Racecourse on 16 March 2012.

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.

The Gold Cup was sponsored by Betfred for the first time. Betfred had purchased The Tote, sponsors of the race since 1980, in June 2011.


  • 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

Full result

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.

Position Horse Jockey Trainer SP Distance/Fate Prize money
1 Synchronised (IRE) Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill 1008 8/1 Won by 2¼ lengths £284,750
2 The Giant Bolster Tom Scudamore David Bridgwater 1050 50/1 ¾ length £106,850
3 Long Run (FRA) Mr. Sam Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson 1001.75 7/4 fav 5 lengths £53,500
4 Burton Port (IRE) Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson 1008 8/1 1½ lengths £26,650
5 Time For Rupert (IRE) Denis O'Regan Paul Webber 1033 33/1 10 lengths £13,400
6 Knockara Beau (IRE) Jan Faltejsek George Charlton 1066 66/1 11 lengths £6,700
7 Midnight Chase Dougie Costello Neil Mulholland 1012 12/1 17 lengths
8 China Rock (IRE) Andrew Lynch Mouse Morris (IRE) 1100 100/1 15 lengths
9 The Midnight Club (IRE) Paul Townend Willie Mullins (IRE) 1100 100/1 7 lengths
10 Carruthers Mattie Batchelor Mark Bradstock 1100 100/1 Last to complete
DNF Diamond Harry Noel Fehily Nick Williams 1020 20/1 Pulled up, 18th fence
DNF Weird Al (IRE) Jason Maguire Donald McCain 1008 8/1 Pulled up, 18th fence
DNF Kauto Star (FRA) Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls 1003 3/1 Pulled up, 10th fence
DNF What A Friend Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls 1025 25/1 Fell, 2nd fence
  • Amateur jockeys indicated by ""Mr"".

† Trainers are based in Great Britain unless indicated.

Winner's details

Further details of the winner, Synchronised, ridden by jockey Tony McCoy:

See also

  • Horseracing in Great Britain
  • List of British National Hunt races
  • 2012 Grand National
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