Loader’s Lucky 15 – Best Bets on Gold Cup day

Paul Nicholls Cheltenham team. Clan Des Obeaux heads to the Gold Cup.Paul Nicholls Cheltenham team. Clan Des Obeaux heads to the Gold Cup.

Chris Loader rolls his four best bets into this Lucky 15 on Gold Cup day at Cheltenham on Friday 13th March.

It’s been a tough week on the EW Lucky15 front with Racing Tips, but I’m hoping we can turn it around on Gold Cup Day. I’ve got four of my best bets across the card including a selection in the feature race of the Festival. Best odds available here with bet365.

Friday’s Lucky 15

1.30 Triumph Hurdle – Solo

After the disappointment of the heavy weight trio in the Champion Chase either not turning up or running there race, this could the best race of the week with four top contenders. However I am going to be siding with Solo in the opening race of the day. I was just impressed by how he travelled through his race at Kempton in the Adonis Hurdle and he showed plenty of gears and speed, getting stronger the further he went. The opposition weren’t the classiest bunch of rivals but it was brilliant first run for Paul Nicholls on his British debut, Furthermore Nicholls won did the same thing with Zarkandar back in 2011 winning at Kempton and then winning the Triumph on his next start. Also from my sources in France they rate Solo very highly. If the likes of Allmankind & Goshen go hard early on I think the race will play into the four-year-old hands.

2.50 Albert Bartlett – Ramses De Teilee

There appears to be a list of high class names in this field for the future, but I am going to be siding with Ramses De Teilee who seems like he’s been around for a while for David Pipe. He’s been a very good stayer over fences finishing second in a Welsh National behind Elegant Escape. His main target this year has been the Grand National and it was David Pipe’s idea to keep over hurdles as he’s a novice. However as a result he’s put some impressive performances together with wide margin wins at Cheltenham & Doncaster. To win this race you often need a dougher styayer and he fits the bill. For me he surely has to go close at a double-figure price.

3.30 Cheltenham Gold Cup – Clan Des Obeaux

The feature of the Festival looks to have a stellar line up and I am siding with my King George hero Clan Des Obeaux. Paul Nicholls is adamant that he’s got him right this year and found the key to him by running him fresh. He was last seen bolting up in the King George at Kempton with ease despite the form not working out. However I would overlook that because his jumping was superb and he was never asked to get out of second gear. The mistake Nicholls thought he made last season was running him in the Denman. I tend to agree with him there as he didn’t go to the Betfair Chase at Haydock and the result can be seen with Politologue winning the Champion Chase fresh. Also the drier ground will help him and his record at Cheltenham as been overlooked. I suspect his speed compared to the likes of Santini can be the difference.

5.30 Martin Pipe – Column Of Fire

Eoin Walsh did us a favour last weekend by winning the Leinster National on Cap York and he’s been given a great opportunity here by Gordon Elliott. Elliott likes to target this race winning on two occasions in 2017 & 2018 and looks like Column of Fire is his first string. The son of Robin Des Champs as been progressing nicely this season and finished a very creditable third behind Treacyenniscorthy in decent handicap at Leopardstown over three miles. The drop back in trip shouldn’t be an issue and his mark of 143 is workable. He’s my banker of the day.