It’s here. Paddy Power Gold Cup day at Cheltenham one of the most special afternoon’s sport in the jumps season – but much though I congratulate the old boy on his sponsorship our mission remains the same, to make Paddy lose a few quid.
I hope you jumped on my 14/1 winning tip Bold Henry (1.50pm) on Friday. Now I’m coming back for more! You hear me Paddy?
Right let’s start with the big race, the Paddy Power Gold Cup (2.30pm), and the simple thing to do is watch my Paddy Power video!……………….
There’s a cracking novice chase at 1.15pm, and stamina is absolutely key despite the going not being as bottomless as it could be. Kings Palace could be anything, but I’ve long been a fan of the master trainer Philip Hobbs’s SAUSALITO SUNRISE who appears to be a much better chaser than hurdler. He stays all day and jumps nicely so has every chance.
At 3pm we are offered an extended 3m1f handicap hurdle, and all eyes here are on the Cesarewitch winner BIG EASY, who is chucked in off a mark of 135, the same mark he scored off at Cheltenham in a similar race in April 2013. Provided he’s still in love with jumping he has terrific claims.
Finally at Cheltenham take a look at the Triumph Hurdle Trial, in which I like GOLDEN DOYEN. The French import ran well on his hurdles debut at Chepstow, and then hacked up at Warwick. He could be anything on what could prove a fine day for the Hobbs team.
Elsewhere, there’s a good renewal of the 3m1f chase at Wetherby, and here I’d have a wager on PRESENTED, who runs first time out for the talented Brian Ellison. This horse stays all day, and although he was pulled up the last time we saw him he’s much better than that.
So enjoy Paddy Power day. I’m off to Cheltenham to support the cause – the cause of taking Paddy’s cash. Yeeehaaa!