It’s the Artist formerly known as the Paddy Power Gold Cup on Saturday 2.25pm and 19 wannabes have stood their ground in the first of the jumps season’s big clues.
Jonjo O’Neill has thrown down an early hostage to fortune by claiming former World Hurdle winner More of That is the best horse he has trained, like, ever, and off an official rating of 154 in a handicap, needs to winning this if he’s going to get an invite to dine at the top Gold Cup table come March.
Champion UK trainer Paul Nicholls throws four darts at Saturday’s board as he looks to continue his quick start in the trainers’ championship, before Willie Mullins’ stable shake their Summer siesta. Recent Chepstow winner Art Mauresque, hat-trick scorer Frodon, As De Mee and JP McManus’ Bouvreuil all on the bus to the Cotswolds for Nicholls and all are improving.
Tom George’s Double Shuffle has been laid out for the race after a fast-finishing head second at Chepstow to Art Mauresque and has been on the premises in big handicap chase at this track before. Maybe his time is now.
Who’ll end up the Donald Trump and who ends up the Hillary Clinton of one of the season’s traditional early-season puzzles we’ll know about 2.30pm on Saturday.
But here’s a few helpful pointers…..