It’s a huge day of racing at Cheltenham Saturday with Paddy’s own race, the Paddy Power Gold Cup, taking centre stage.
It should be a fun day for Paddy – though I want to make it a miserable one with a few winners! We had a 12/1 second and a 5/4 winner on Friday so lets keep that up.
The main feature is massively competitive. I like the look of Vino Griego (2.30pm)
Despite unseating last time he’s got good Cheltenham form having won there in January. That was a pity as the blow out would have done him good, but at least he ran for a mile or so.
Gary Moore’s runner (above, centre) was also second to Carrickboy in the Byrne Group Plate at the Festival. That race was over three miles but he can cope well with the drop in trip.
The one I like before the main event is the much-improved Quentin Collonges (1.50). He’s on a three-timer after winning Sandown’s Gold Cup at the back-end of last season.
Good ground is the key to him, so although he is up 8b for his latest big success, he could land another decent pot.
We have an extended 3m 1f handicap hurdle straight after and the improver might be Silver Eagle (3pm). He’s only raced five times for Kim Bailey but appears to stay well and could be well handicapped.
A fine second to Thomas Crapper at Cheltenham in October (who won here on Friday at 16/1!).
All eyes will be on Timesremembered (3.35) – the Grade 2 novices’ hurdle. The Emma Lavelle-inmate has looked a little special in wins at Uttoxeter and Chepstow.
Provided his stamina hold ups should be hard to beat and put a market down for the Festival next spring.