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Weekend Watch: Smart Duo Should Give Nicholls A 10th Greatwood Gold Cup


Paul Nicholls has an outrageous record in the Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury (1.50) and he can be back in the winners enclosure here once again with TAMAROC DU MATHAN.

The Ditcheat maestro has won this a remarkable eight times in the last 12 years, and has strong claims here with the seven-year-old who has a touch of class, as we saw when he won the Pendil at Kempton last year. His recent run at Sandown after a break and a wind operation will have got him spot on for this, and on a flat track off a mark 142 he can be firmly in the shake-up here with Harry Cobden in the saddle.

Kelso host a cracking card, and I think the lightly-raced ad ESPOIR DE ROMAY looks to have every opportunity to bounce back to winning ways in the Premier Chase (2.40). Theeight-year-old hasn’t been seen since finishing third to Fiddlerontheroof in the Colin Parker memorial last October which in itself is very smart form, and of course at Aintree last season was in the process of giving Chantry House a stern test before falling two fences from home.

Officially rated 160, he is the class act in this race, and the step back up in trip should suit. He is versatile in regards to underfoot requirements and can strike here for the Kim Bailey team who have started to hit some form. He looks solid, and can go onto Aintree on the back of a strong showing here.

Earlier on the card (2.05), WILDE ABOUT OSCAR has an opportunity to get back in the winning groove. Rated 150 at his peak, he has disappointed lately, but as a consequence has slipped to a mark of 141. The Dan Skelton yard remain in good form, and with the first-time cheekpieces applied, a revival could easily be on the cards.

HARDY DU SEUIL represents the Jamie Snowden team who have had a fantastic campaign, and can stamp his authority on the field in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at 3.43. This trip on soft ground should be spot on, and this five-year-old can strike with Gavin Sheehan on board.

In the Grimthorpe at Doncaster (3.30) I will chance my arm with MISTER MALARKY on his first start for Richard Bandey. The nine-year-old lost his way a little bit when trained by Colin Tizzard, but the new surroundings and a wind operation could have rejuvenated this individual who is now 8lb lower than when last successful, and 14lb below his peak chase rating. He looks too well handicapped to ignore.

Advice:

Tamaroc Du Mathan, 1.50pm Newbury, 1pt win, 5/1 @ Paddy Power
Wilde About Oscar, 2.05pm Kelso, 1pt win, 5/1 @ bet365
Espoir De Romay, 2.40pm Kelso, 1pt win 9/4 @ bet365
Mister Malarky, 3.30pm Doncaster, 1pt win, 5/1 @ bet365
Hardy Du Seuil, 3.43pm Kelso, 1pt win, 9/4 @ bet365

Three From Home Podcast

With the 2022 Cheltenham Festival little more than a week away, Ed Quigley, Kate Tracey and Frankie Foster dissect this weekend’s excellent jump racing in the run-up to the four-day extravaganza at Prestbury Park.

The trio take a good look at the Listed bet365 Premier Chase at Kelso, Newbury’s BetVictor Greatwood Gold Cup, and then head to Town Moor for the Virgin Bet Grimthorpe Handicap Chase at 3.30pm.

As well as detailing their weekend selections, they also declare their Three From Home Podcast NAPs Of The Week.

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