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Barry Geraghty exclusive: Sir Des Champs’ form isn’t good enough to win the Gold Cup

by Sean Goff | March 15, 2013

Barry Geraghty Cheltenham 2013

Cheltenham 2013 

It’s official. AP McCoy rides Sir Des Champs in today’s Cheltenham Gold Cup (3.20) – but Barry Geraghty thinks Britain’s champion jockey has his work cut out to win it.

Geraghty rides Gold Cup favourite Bobs Worth and despite Sir Des Champs’ trainer Willie Mullins having five winners at the meeting so far – the Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the few big races missing from his outstanding CV.

McCoy won the Gold Cup on the Johnjo O’Neill trained Synchronised last year while Geraghty rode Kicking King to victory in 2005.

And the Meathman thinks his mount Bobs Worth rather than Sir Des Champs will be victorious come 3.30pm on Friday afternoon.

He told the Paddy Power blog:

There’s no doubt he’s a very good horse but he beat Court in Motion in the Jewson last year and you would think he’ll have to step up on that run to win a Gold Cup. Flemenstar stuffed him over 2m 4f at Punchestown and was just beaten by him in the Hennessy even though Peter Casey’s runner had a lung infection.

If Sir Des Champs wins then you’d nearly say that Flemenstar would have been a penalty kick. There was only 30 lengths back to Joncol and a prospective Gold Cup winner should be more than 30 lengths in front of Joncol – he hasn’t won in two or three years.

If he was trained by a smaller trainer he’d be a bigger price for the Gold Cup.

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