Winners have been very hard to find this week. Let’s hope for better things on Friday.
1.30 Those at the head of the market should dominate this renewal. Our Conor and Rolling Star are both unbeaten. My slight preference is for Rolling Star who is a course and distance.
2.05 28 runners! Claret Cloak is lightly raced and won in March last season. The ground should suit and this one may be well handicapped. The stable has not had a winner this year though and that puts me off this one. It’s a Gimme was a good second to Raya Star at Ascot in early November and was on my short list. Heavy rain is forecast though and this horse would not want soft ground. Ifandbutwhynot has won 3 times this season including once at Cheltenham and the trainer is in good form.
Cotton Mill’s second at Newbury last time out looks good form while Olofi won the Racing Post Hurdle earlier this season and is proven both at the track and in big fields.
Cotton Mill, Olofi and Ifandbutwhynot are my main fancies.
2.40 Cloudy Copper, African Gold and Ballycasey form my short list.
3.20 Sir des Champs has been my long term fancy for the Gold Cup and with the Mullins team is such great from I will stick with him. The loss of his regular jockey is a negative though.
4.00 Salsify looks a worthy favourite.
4.40 Gevrey Chambertin and Toner D’Oudairies are two I like.
5.15 Kid Cassidy is the selection with Rody and Petit Robin others to note.