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Gold Cup Tips
Gold Cup Tips – Picture perfect again for Al Boum?
AL BOUM PHOTO is certainly the right market leader looking to claim back to back Gold Cup‘s and his trainer has mapped out the exact same route that saw him successful in 2019.
His performance at Tramore this term was an improved effort on that of last season and the eight-year-old comes here with valid claims. The fact that he jumped so poorly in last seasons race suggests that he was value for much more than the 2 ½ length winning margin and he is a major player this term.
Gold Cup Tips – Working up to glory?
I have always been a big fan of DELTA WORK and felt he was given a poor ride in the RSA by Davy Russell when beaten by Gold Cup rival Santini and he has rewarded supporters this season with a valuable Irish double in the Savills Chase and the Irish Gold Cup.
He will look to emulate Sizing John to do the illustrious Irish/Cheltenham Gold Cup double and he rates a serious player with his improvement in the jumping department a huge positive for a horse who has unlimited petrol and rates a seriously player.
Gold Cup Tips – Questions to answer for Santini
A horse whose performances I have publicly criticized on more than one occasion, but despite that, the general feeling is that SANTINI has plenty of improvement to come. His jumping will stand him in good stead and his sizeable engine means he will likely be involved at the finish.
A positive early position in the field from his jockey would perhaps hold the key to his chances and while I am not his biggest fan he does rate a considerable danger to any runner in the field.
Gold Cup Tips – Unexposed and with a big chance
LOSTINTRANSLATION has been a heavily fancied runner for much of the early part of the season until an underwhelming effort in the King George when pulled up but his previous run when defeating Bristol De Mai in the Betfair Chase at Haydock reads very well.
I personally rate that performance ahead of Santini’s Cotswold Chase win at Cheltenham considering Bristol De Mai jumped faultlessly against Lostintranslation and that horse is proven to be a flat-track specialist. He needs to bounce back but he is unexposed over 3m and has improved to a tune of 16lbs since stepping up in trip and rates a serious player here!
Gold Cup Tips – Kempton hero to fall short
An outstanding winner at Kempton in the King George to retain his title but CLAN DES OBEAUX was comfortably out-stayed in this contest last year and people should avoid falling into the same trap. I don’t think he’s a Cheltenham horse.
Gold Cup Tips – Dodgy jumper needs to recapture form
KEMBOY fell at the first in last year’s Gold Cup but went from strength to strength last season including beating the Gold Cup winner Al Boum Photo at Punchestown.
This season hasn’t really gone to plan (in more ways than one) and has twice been beaten by rival Delta Work, his jumping needs serious work to be a player in this field but a return to his best efforts last term would see him in the frame.
Gold Cup Tips – Patience wearing thin
PRESENTING PERCY has been a disappointment since his stunning RSA victory in 2018 and patience is now wearing thin with him unable to finish out his races the last twice, both times behind Delta Work. It requires a leap of faith to see him succeeding here.
Gold Cup Tips – Outsider to watch
Of those at wild prices ALPHA DES OBEAUX has it all to do on the ratings but he has a good performance in him and the extreme distances such as this stiff Gold Cup trip could be what he needs. His staying on third in the Becher Chase at Aintree is a world away from this contest but he carried a big weight that day and stamina is his forte, he is 100/1 general price.
Gold Cup Tips – Big race verdict
I’ll be honest with you, I’m finding this puzzle hard to unravel at this stage of proceedings and I don’t really have a strong view on the idea of the winner. If pushed though, my selection would be DELTA WORK. He seems to be improving this season and ran well at the course last year when part of that epic RSA Chase conclusion.