The curtain comes down on Cheltenham 2014 and reigning champion Bobs Worth will become the first back-to-back winner of the Gold Cup since Best Mate in 2003 if he passes the post in front shortly after 3.20pm this afternoon.
Hammered on his debut at Haydock, he bounced back to his best at Leopardstown when the turbo boost kicked in half-way up the straight. But Silviniaco Conti was a gutsy winner of the King George and fell when travelling well in the race last year.
Last Instalment may take his chance despite the ground being a bit quicker than he’s raced on recently, But he was an impressive winner of the Irish Hennessy last month.
Even though the winner of the Blue Riband has come from the first three in the betting for the past 13 years, Triolo D’Alene has been well backed this week and continues to shorten in the market.
The day starts with Paul Nicholls’ Calipto at the head of the market in the 16-runner Triumph Hurdle where Paddy giving Money back on the second and third. Team Mullins didn’t draw yesterday but have two leading chances in the first three races.
Their Arctic Fire is favourite for the 28-runner Coral Cup where Paddy is paying the first five home while Briar Hill (2.40pm) could push Paddy over the edge in what could be a two-race smash up with David Pie’s Kings Palace.
What the tipsters say…
Barry Geraghty and Ruby Walsh have their own battle at the top of the leading jockey’s challenge to sort out and Walsh rides BG’s nap of the meeting in the third race. Ruby can’t see anything outside the first three in the market winning Gold. Matt Chapman’s had a decent week in the Graded races and previews all Friday’s action.
The Blog’s Aidan Elder has strapped himself in with just enough room to move his fingers and will be LIVE BLOGGING all the action – on and more importantly, off the track.