THE headline race of the meeting. Let’s hope Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) can find the winner?
Gold Cup | Friday 15:20 | Channel 4
It’s another fascinating Gold Cup coming up on Friday and there are four horses that I like. The favourite is not one of them.
There’s no doubt for me that Silviniaco Conti is the best horse in the field, but I’m still scratching my head how he didn’t win last year. This will be his third attempt at the Gold Cup and for me there are doubts how well he handles Cheltenham. Horses don’t won Gold Cup’s at the third time of trying!
Many Clouds has a decent chance. He’s been superb this year in winning the Hennessy Gold Cup and the Bet Bright Cup at Cheltenham in late-January. Does he deserve to be second favourite? Not for me, so I’ll swerve him.
I’ve liked Road To Riches for weeks in this race! He’s had a storming season in Ireland winning two key trials. The James Nicholson was captured by him in November when he cruised to an 11 length win over Rocky Creek, and then at Christmas he won Ireland’s top staying chase, the Lexus. He’s a big player for me.
Holywell deserves your respect. Is he the classiest amongst this field? Not for me, but crucially we know he loves Cheltenham. He’s won at the last two Festivals and that is a huge tick in my box.
Lord Windermere is another horse that’s won at the last two Festivals, and crucially his win last year came in this very race. He comes alive at Cheltenham and always goes off at a big price as he’s fairly average during the rest of the year. I have to back him each way.