THE highlight of day four at Cheltenham is of course the Gold Cup.
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GO for the great Escape in the Magners Gold Cup. I was booed off stage in several Cheltenham Festival preview nights after putting up ELEGANT ESCAPE to land the top prize of the week.
That hasn’t put me off as I think he’s got a fine chance of causing an upset. Here’s why.
He carried 11st 8lbs to win the Welsh National over Christmas. The only horses have carried that sort of weight to Chepstow glory were his stablemate Native River, Synchronised, Master Oats and Carvill’s Hill.
That’s three subsequent Gold Cup winners and one who was more than good enough to lift one.
The manner of his Welsh National success was also impressive. He looked in control the whole way round and it was only the drop to 3m1f on decent ground that caught him out when runner-up behind Frodon in the Cotswold Chase here in January.
Stamina – not speed – wins most Gold Cups and Tom O’Brien’s mount has got it by the truck load. Any more rain would be a bonus but the conditions will suit him regardless.
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This year’s renewal promises to be a cracker, with the extraordinary Presenting Percy up against rising star Clan des Obeaux and defending champion NATIVE RIVER.
Throw in Haydock enigma Bristol de Mai, Welsh National hero Elegant Escape and King George runner-up Thistlecrack.
I’m a huge Native River fan, and tipped him up in my Sun column over Christmas when he was about at 13-2 chance. He’s just super tough, talented and stays strong.
Richard Johnson, the champion jockey, is made for this animal and I’m sure he’ll run massive for Colin Tizzard.