Thursday 17 March 2016

3:30 Cheltenham Racing Tips (18th March) TIMICO CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP CHASE (Grade 1) (CLASS 1) (5yo+)

For many, the highlight of Cheltenham comes with the Gold Cup Chase. This Grade 1 race over 3m 2f 70y is run on good going. 

Who do you fancy to win? 

Its inaugural winner, Red Splash, came in 1924, trained by Fred Withington in the silks of Major Wyndham.  

The greatest of all National Hunt horses have won this contest. Do you know the horse with the most wins? In a period of five years Golden Miller won five times (1932 - 1936). 

Other historic winners not to be forgotten include Vincent O'Brien's Cottage Rake (1948 - 50). L'Escargot, The Dilker & the incredible mare Dawn Run (1986). In this modern era, who could forget Best Mate, a three-time winner (2002 - 04), dual winner Kuato Star & Denman (2008). Last year saw Mark Bradstock's Coneygree prevail, ridden by Nico de Boinville at 7/1SP. With Coneygree out with injury, nine horses ply their trade. 

The betting suggests six horses have claims here with Gigginstown Stud fielding two runners Don Cossack & Don Poli for Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins respectively. The latter trainer has Djakadam and outsider On His Own. 

So who are we going for here? Cue Card - an Irish son of King's Theatre -  is no stranger to success and total earnings just under £1M. Fifth place or better would achieve that incredible goal. Colin Tizzard's ten-year-old is, perhaps, coming to the end of his glory days but you wouldn't doubt this gelding on his last three starts. Connections will be hoping this step up in distance and differing tactics will see a bold attempt and at each way prices is worth a small bet.