This is a very competitive opener on the final day of the Festival. Allmankind likes to get on with things, and Goshen likes a bit of pace too. Solo, who was the favourite for so long, has now been replaced by Goshen. But make no mistake, Solo is a very good horse.
Aspire Tower on form looked the best of the Irish, but I actually like A Wave Of The Sea. I think he’s a strong stayer and this race could be really end-to-end and involve a lot of stamina which could suit him. So I’ll go with A Wave Of The Sea each/way.
Picking a winner in this one is always tricky. The handicapper looks to have been a little lenient with Ciel De Neige, who has gone up just two pounds after his second at the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury in February. He’s a nice horse and in cracking form.
Willie has plenty of other runners in this, Aramon, Buildmeupbuttercup, Tiger Tap Tap, and Saint Roi.
The other one with a chance is probably Gordon Elliot’s Thatsy. He was one that Jack Kennedy was putting up a while back, which was interesting.
But Ciel De Neige ran really well in last year’s Fred Winter and I wouldn’t put anyone off him.
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This is a very tough race. Cobbler’s Day dictated the pace at Leopardstown in what was a bit of a trial for this, but he won’t get to do that here.
Fury Road has been a bit of a forgotten horse. Willie Mullins has a couple of runners in Aione, Janidil and Monkfish. Latest Exhibition will grab the interest of a lot of Irish punters. Sempo is in there too.
It’s a competitive race, but the one I’ve liked for a long time and who represents good value, and because of his age and stamina is Ramses De Teillee.
I think Al Boum Photo is the class horse in the race. I would not have been in favour of Santini, but that changed a little when the field of just 12 horses was confirmed.
It is a small field for a Cheltenham Gold Cup and I although I think Santini lacks a gear, with only he and Bristol De Mai set to dictate the pace it gives him a better chance. It’ll be an easier ride for Nico de Boinville on Santini in a smaller field. He’s a strong stayer.
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I’m an Al Boum Photo fan I always have been. He’s a class horse and he’s had the same preparation as did last year. I think he’ll be hard to beat.
But an outsider always runs into the money at the Gold Cup and I was delighted to see Elegant Escape declare. I think he could stay on and ride into a place.
I really like the horse Willie Mullins runs, Billaway. He’s improved throughout the season, and is in great form at home.
So I think Billaway could be the one here, and on a tricky card I’ll make him my best bet of the day.
Greaneteen tops the market for Paul Nicholls but it’s Chosen Mate for me. He was ridden a little differently in his last start at Gowran Park in January where he won. I think at 8/1 he’ll do me.
Column Of Fire is a horse I’ve liked for quite a while and I think he’s been given a handicap mark he can be competitive off. I think he’s got a great chance in this.
But I think Front View is a big danger. Ilikedwayurthinkin won twice at Galway last year and Darragh O’Keeffe rides him here again as he did in those successes.
The Bosses Oscar and Five O’Clock also have credentials. It’s a tight race but I think Front View could be the one.
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