I hope everyone enjoyed last weeks Saturday Special as Cloudy Copper romped to victory at Kempton. I was lucky enough to get to see him in the pre parade ring and he really is a striking individual. Jonjo and his team are right to be excited about this horse and wherever he goes next I would not be rushing to back against him. Plans are not finalised but I’m sure we will be seeing him at one of the big festivals.
With racing decimated I thought we would turn our attentions to the Gold Cup where for me there is a stand out Ante Post Bet that will be much shorter on the day. It is a wide open year and with last years winner sadly not back to defend his crown the Bookmakers look confused as to how to play this. Long Run battled to a famous victory in the King George but doubts remain with me about the number of fences he clouts though he will be a worthy adversary at 7/1 I will look elsewhere. Cheltenham form often repeats itself and last years festival is often the best guide to this year’s one particularly in the Championship races. Last year the Giant Bolster ran a screamer to be second beating Long Run and the rest but for many that performance seemed out of the blue and a one off. I’m not so sure as this horse appears to be stones better at Cheltenham than any other course and if we just look at the times he has run at the track then his figures are exceptional.
I’m putting a great big black line through his performance in the King George as he hated the ground and running right handed. His blow out there has made him a whopping 25/1 for the big race with Ladbrokes and Betvictor and that looks outstanding value. Back on good ground at Cheltenham he has a real chance of going one better this year. Back him each way and I’m convinced on the day he will be a 10/1 shot.
So forget the terrible weather and start dreaming of Cheltenham in March. I will be back next week when hopefully we will have some jump racing to bet on!
Back next Saturday.
The Gambling Don