It’s nearly here, and I’ve got a ‘Yeeehaaa!’ all ready for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham this Saturday.
It looks like another cracking renewal so here’s my video take on how to pick a winner…
Johns Spirit is bidding to become the sixth dual winner of the extended two and a half-mile handicap chase, and the first since Cyfor Malta in 2002, having beaten Colour Squadron 12 months ago.
Uxizandre and Oscar Whisky could re-oppose after fighting out the finish to the Grade 1 Pinsent Masons Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree in April, while Buywise captured the Grade 2 Silver Trophy Chase at Cheltenham’s April Meeting.
Indian Castle is set to make his debut for Ian Williams after joining the Alvechurch handler from Donald McCain. The six-year-old beat Grade 1 scorer Annacotty when taking the Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase on Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham in January and was seventh at The Festival in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase despite blundering badly at the final fence.
However, my idea of the winner is PRESENT VIEW, who was most progressive last season which included a victory at The Festival in the Listed Rewards4Racing Handicap Chase.
There are so many positives about Present View – he’s the right age for this race at six, with six, seven, and eight-year-olds having the edge in recent times.
He’s just about in the right rating range off 144 – 140s is the zone you are looking at for most winners – has decent track and distance form. The brucie bonus is he had a prep run over hurdles which will give him a fitness edge, and that run was a good one. The only downside is he picked up a little cut that day, but Jamie Snowden is confident that has not affected him, as the trainer exclusively told us here.
Finally, horses in the first four in the betting have a great record in the Paddy Power, which is bad news for Paddy but great news for us punters. So let’s hope he storms in and makes Paddy miserable on his big day. You hear me Paddy? Yeeehaaa!
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