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Barry Geraghty exclusive: Here’s who I fear most in the Cheltenham Gold Cup (and it isn’t Silviniaco Conti!)

Bobs Worth is trying to make it two Cheltenham Gold Cups on the spin, and although the ground is going his way, jockey Barry Geraghty still has one to fear

by Josh Powell | March 13, 2014

It’s the last day of the Cheltenham Festival, and while a few bank balances around the office breathe a sigh of relief, it’s a shame the best week in racing has to come to an end. Luckily, before we all hit the pub to reminisce about just how close we were to picking the winner of the Cross Country, or how we heard that Joe from accounts clicked a huge acca, curled out a turd on the bosses desk and scampered to the Bahamas, we have Friday’s showpiece to enjoy.

The feature race of the day is, of course, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Barry Geraghty is on last year’s winner Bobs Worth who is aiming to become the first horse to win back-to-back Gold Cups since Best Mate a decade ago.

Nicky Henderson’s champ loves Cheltenham and takes off when he hits Cleeve Hill. He has won three different Festival races and is five for five at the Cotswolds track. No surprise then, that Barry Geraghty is sweet on his chances, especially as the ground is mostly good.

Barry isn’t too concerned about the threat of Silviniaco Conti, but Ruby Walsh obviously has different ideas. He’s a two-time Gold Cup winner courtesy of Kauto Star and doesn’t believe anything out of the top three in the betting can win the big race.

Ruby has said before that the best horse usually wins this race and he’s right – the last 13 winners have all come from the three at the top of the market. Luckily he’s decided to spend this minute of audio slating as many horses as he can without taking a breath – some aren’t even in this race anymore, but we didn’t want to stop his flow.

Meanwhile, we’ve given John Parrott the day off to go to the zoo with John Virgo and got Barry back in to give us his tip of the day.

Incredibly, the nice guy Geraghty is, didn’t just give us a tip of the day – but a banker for the week! There’s no prizes for guessing who it is to be honest, but we will tell you he runs tomorrow in the Albert Bartlett Hurdle.

Who will reign supreme in the Gold Cup? Will Barry’s banker come good and pay for our Paddy’s Day weekend? Where does John Parrott go disco dancing on a Friday night?

All will be revealed…

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