Unfortunately due to travel commitments or work I don’t have the time for a full run down of Friday’s action.
1.30 – JCB Triumph Hurdle Grade 1 (CLASS 1) (4yo)
I think Calipto may be very good. I also think that after a break Royal Irish Hussar will play a part.
2.05 – Vincent O´Brien County Handicap Hurdle Grade 3
A wide open renewal. I like the chances of two at a price they are Lac Fontana (12/1) and Lyvius (20/1). Play them both each way.
2.40 – Albert Bartlett Novices´ Hurdle (Registered As The Spa Novices´ Hurdle) Grade 1 (CLASS 1) (4yo+)
Briar Hill last year’s bumper winner is unbeaten over hurdles but he has hardly been tested and his jumping hasn’t been foot perfect. I am a really big fan of KINGS PALACE and think he will continue the excellent week for the Pipe team.
3.20 – Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Grade 1 (CLASS 1)
Whilst you can make a case for one or two of the others this does look a match between BOBS WORTH and SILVIANACO CONTI. I massively respect the pair of them and slightly prefer BOBS WORTH. He’s unbeaten around here and absolutely loves the hill. Barry has always had the opinion that he is a better horse on better ground too. If all goes to plan he should retain his crown.
4.00 – CGA Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup (CLASS 2) (5yo+)
4.40 – Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys´ Handicap Hurdle
I really like the look of VIEUX LION ROUGE who has always been well-regarded. He’s unbeaten over hurdles and is potentially better than 139. Full Shift is likely to play a big part and I also think that Leo Luna will be involved back on better ground.
Selection: Vieux Lion Rouge
Danger: Leo Luna
5.15 – Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Chase Challenge Cup Handicap Grade 3 (CLASS 1) (5yo+)
Some familiar faces. It will take an AP masterclass to get Mr Mole home in front. I very much like the chances of Eastlake who could run very well at a big price. I also really like the look of CLARET CLOAK who has threatened to win a big handicap for some time and finally has ideal conditions and the right man on board.
Selection: Claret Cloak
Each Way shout: Eastlake
Enjoy Gold Cup Day!