And so we come to Gold Cup day. Sports journalist and racing fan, Murt Murphy, has some tips for the final day of the Cheltenham festival which has been very good indeed for the Irish. Good luck all!…
Yesterday was a good day for the Irish though many trebles were scuppered when , Unowhatimeanharry could only finish third in the Stayers Hurdle, but Presenting Percy was a good shout at prices varying from 14/1 into 10/1.
Anyone who read my musings closely would have gleaned that I suggested if Yorkhill won, Willie Mullins could have four and he did!
But I could not back him with the confidence I had pre Cheltenham because of the form shown by stable over first two days.
Thanks for all the good wishes and of course I also attracted some nasty trolls – mostly from those who never have a bet but are consumed by negativity.
They are the same people who suggest that Ruby would throw himself of a horse travelling at 40mph!! Keyboard Warriors should read Keyboard Cowards!
So to the big Day – let’s see can we point you in right direction!
It looks like the favourite in the opener of the day, the Triumph Hurdle (1.30pm), is going to win.
The JP Manus-owned Defi Du Seuil has incredible form and will be short odds, but there is a fancied Irish horse called Mega Fortune, trained by Gordon Elliott and that could be a good each way bet.
The 2.10 is the County Hurdle and good luck with that – I will not be having a bet but the ‘boss’ says you must come up with the winner, so maybe let’s stay local with Mick Jazz and Jack Kennedy each way and for small stakes from the same stable Tell Us More might not be far away.
Bryan Cooper is on board Death Duty in the Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle (2.50) and Gordon Elliott is having a good week so is this one of the naps of the day?
Well, a bit of inside info here folks from Bryan Cooper in Skelper Quanes last week – “I am not saying Death Duty will not win but I would not be suggesting that he is certainty or nap material. This is a real tough race for favourites and they have a poor record. Its attrition and it will be tough slog up that hill. Death Duty is a classy sort but at 9/4 I am not too sure”.
So the trainer says he is one of his bankers but the jockey urges caution. So I am going to serve Death Duty and put up an each way selection with Monalee.
The Gold Cup at 3.30pm is wide open. I don’t fancy Cue Card, so Native River has a very good chance as does Djakadam, especially after the day Willie Mullins and Ruby had yesterday. Djakadam was the choice of the panel of experts in Blennerville but he is now only 3/1. However he was second twice in the race so he has to be the fancy.
The Foxhunters is next (4.10pm) and that should go to the favourite, On The Fringe with Jamie Codd on board. In fact, despite his age, he has the course form and is my Nap of the Week. Wonderful Charm could follow him home.
The 4.50pm is a Handicap Hurdle and again anything could win it but if you must have a wager then Runfordave might finish in first four.
5.30pm. The final race and always hard to pick the right one, but Rock The World was third in last year’s Grand Annual so has course form and at 14/1 might be worth an each way wager to finish the Festival on a high for the Irish.
Nap and Double; On The Fringe and Defi Du Seuil