The Paddy Power Gold Cup is one of the big Handicap Chases of the Jump Season, and looks a thoroughly wide open affair this time around. A cogent case can be made for at least half a dozen horses, and there are some lively outsiders in the mix too.
All in all, it should be a cracker, and I think the Sam Thomas trained STOLEN SILVER represents solid each-way value. The seven-year-old has some very smart form at Prestbury Park, and was last seen when bolting up by 11-lengths in the Silver Trophy at Cheltenham’s April meeting. Up to a career high mark of 150, he will have to pull out all the stops, but he looks to be improving, and drying ground is a big tick in the box.
Sam Twiston-Davies takes the ride and I think the strong travelling Stolen Silver will be in the shake-up at the business end of proceedings.
Continuing the each-way theme, and in the following race I wouldn’t be shocked if LISNAGAR OSCAR out ran his odds running in handicap company off a lowly mark of 142. The 2020 Stayers’ Hurdle winner has lost his way in recent times, but is so potentially very well-handicapped, and you are getting a fair price to see if the old spark still remains.
If it does, the Rebecca Curtis representative could easily upset the apple cart in this company and cannot be ignored on that basis.
Elsewhere on the card, CASTLE ROBIN looks the value in the Amateur jockeys Handicap Chase over 3m1f. He has taken to fences well, and his recent spin a Kelso on seasonal reappearance should have him spot on for this.
The cheek-pieces go on for the first time, and the seven-year-old won on his only previous visit to the track so a return to this venue looks a positive move. Zac Baker takes the ride and I think he has a solid each-way chance.
1.45 Cheltenham (Sunday)
Moving onto Sunday, I Like To Move It is my antepost selection for the Greatwood Hurdle at 2.55pm, and I made my case for him in the Antepost Armchair - I think he will be raring to go for this.
Other than that, with drying ground at Cheltenham, NUBE NEGRA will have his optimum conditions, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he got the better of Edwardstone in the Shloer Chase at 1.45pm.
Nube Negra is best when fresh, and relishes sound underfoot conditions, so he has everything in his favour to try and follow up last year’s success. Harry and Dan Skelton combine to take on Arkle winner Edwardstone, in what should be an epic clash.
- Castle Robin, Cheltenham 1.10, 0.5pts e/w, 8/1 (William Hill)
- Stolen Silver, Cheltenham 2.20, 1pt e/w 7/1 (bet365)
- Lisnagar Oscar, Cheltenham 2.55, 0.5pts e/w 16/1 (Bet365)
- Nube Negra, Cheltenham 1.45, 1pt win 11/8 (William Hill)
- Already Advised: I Like To Move It, Cheltenham 2.55 1pt e/w 8/1 (Greatwood Hurdle)
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.
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