It’s a tricky enough card to sort your way through the Paddy Power Gold Cup day card. Lots of promising youngsters go head to head with the wiley old timers and we’re never sure how it’ll pan out. Throw in the eccentricity of the Cheltenham track and you tend to get some thrilling racing. And that’s what we want. But some winners would also be nice.
We’ve had a look at two of the big chases on Paddy Power Gold Cup day to see if we can sort some wheat from the chaff or at least make sure we don’t back too much chaff. Chaff is the shite part right?
This is classic ‘youth versus experience’ race. A few big names that have been around the block more times than a hooker on a moped take on younger horses looking to move up in the world. The likes of The Package and Chicago Grey are certainly capable of supplying the required quality to win this, but the form is far from rock solid. The name that stands out as having the right mix of recent form, a taste for the going and seems to be moving in the right direction in terms of progress is Lamb Or Cod. He’s won three of his last five races, one of which was at Cheltenham’s April meeting. There are a lot of potential dangers in the race, but there’s a bit of value about Phillip Hobbs’ seven year old.
Narrowing down the field in the Paddy Power Gold Cup is harder than sitting through a Hugh Grant movie, but we’ve tried and got a handful of runners that stand out from the crowd. Present View, Buywise and Oscar Whisky have obvious claims and are right at the top of the market, but one who ticks a lot of boxes and isn’t burdened with a huge weight to carry is Indian Castle. This race has been one in which emerging stars have chosen to announce themselves to the jumps world and the improving six year old could prove to be a classy name we get very familiar with in the near future.