Paddy Power Gold Cup tips from our experts ahead of Saturday’s race at Cheltenham

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The big man is paying SIX places for the Paddy Power Gold Cup on Saturday but who are Paddy and his pals backing to win the big one at Cheltenham’s November Meeting?

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A maximum field of 20 including last year’s winner Coole Cody goes to post at 2.15pm. It’s a real punting puzzle due to the number of the runners, but fear not because our top tipsters have delivered their best bets.

Matt Chapman: “The race I love to beat Paddy in – the feature Paddy Power Gold Cup. SIMPLY THE BETTS flopped in this race last year but he might be a very different proposition here for champion Paul Nicholls and Bryony Frost. The former exciting chaser has been lightly raced in recent times but has his first run for Nicholls and also goes for the first time since a wind operation.”

Mick Fitzgerald: “SIMPLY THE BETTS is another to have changed stables and is very interesting. He lost in this last year when strongly fancied and is definitely worth an each-way play at a decent price. He has had a wind op too, and now runs for Paul Nicholls with Bryony Frost aboard.

MIDNIGHT SHADOW is the one I like at the prices. He ticks all the boxes of being a winner at Cheltenham and a good jumper who travels strongly. They are the qualities you need to win a race of this nature.”

Frank Hickey: “MIDNIGHT SHADOW is the one I like. He won a Scottish Champion Hurdle as a novice off 134 and that was on good ground. He beat Wholestone in the Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle but that wasn’t the deepest renewal but again that was on good to soft ground.”

Paddy Power: “I’m expecting a big weekend for Dan Skelton headlined by PROTEKTORAT. He has won twice before at Cheltenham and the stable is bubbling to the boil right now. In my mind there are less doubts about him than the others around him at the top of the market.”

Timeform: “This is a cracking renewal of this feature contest, one of the best for many a year, and the vote goes in favour of AL DANCER. Third from a 5lb higher mark in this race last year, he never figured either start thereafter, but returns for a new yard going well and his record when fresh is another plus.”

Ruby Walsh: “I’m going for DOSTAL PHIL in an each-way punt. He was third in the Red Rum Handicap at Aintree in April behind Editeur Du Gite and Sully D’Oc. Dostal Phil unseated in his last run at Punchestown but he was travelling really well up until that. He’s going up in trip and that will suit him. He’s a good each-way shout.”

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