Our Duke Can Win The Cheltenham Gold Cup
When Best Mate won three Cheltenham Gold Cups in a row from 2002 to 2004 the story was just as much about the trainer and her partner as the horse. Henrietta Knight and Terry Biddlecombe were an unlikely pairing but the truth is they managed to get Best Mate to Cheltenham on Gold Cup day in his prime for three successive years. Sizing John won’t be winning another Gold Cup this year because the horse has been ruled out through injury. Jockey Robbie Power now rides Out Duke.
The jockey’s new mount will be a massive factor at Cheltenham next Friday if jumping well. Our Duke made the Irish Grand National a procession last year and was clearly a Grade 1 horse running in a handicap. The horse drifted in the betting for the Gold Cup after a desperate seasonal reappearance but has since run at a high level and the Gold Cup is a genuine target. The horse is trained by Jessica Harrington who having ruled out Sizing John can win the race again and OUR DUKE is 9/1 with Betfair to prevail in the most prestigious steeplechase in the sport.
There are no major football matches in Britain tonight but plenty of betting action in other sports. England play New Zealand in the fifth match and decider of their One Day International series in Christchurch. England were embarrassing in the Tests against Australia but the limited over’s side is one of the best in the world. The home side are no mugs in while ball cricket but ENGLAND have the better players in the format so are the bet in this match at 8/11 with William Hill.
TEACHER’S PET Is A Big Player On Ratings
It’s a long shot about getting any exciting racing on the Friday before the Cheltenham Festival. There are three moderate jumps meetings in Britain but £154,000 in prize money up for grabs at Leopardstown in Ireland and the same amount on offer at the All-Weather fixture at Dundalk. The handicap chase at Leopardstown at 3.30pm has almost 30 grand on the table for the winner. TEACHER’S PET is a big player on ratings and the horse is 10/1 with Paddy Power.