Meetings:

RACE four on day four is the meeting's big one – the Cheltenham Gold Cup. No Thistlecrack for our 20-1 antepost bet but he has already rewarded us twice at the same odds.

Gold Cup

Bristol De Mai – Nigel Twiston-Davies 20-1 10bet

One of my antepost selections at 50-1 and I still like him. In my opinion people are too quick to dismiss horses, what they have to realise with this horse is that he has only just turned six, a lot of his races can be forgiven for different reasons especially last time out when he ran to within 9 lengths of Native River and did that injured. It has been said on here numerous times that he won’t get the Gold Cup distance but he has won over three miles on soft ground, second to Black Hercules in last year's JLT. I had to advise him for the Gold Cup straight away as I saw a horse I thought would relish an extra mile, big player in my opinion especially eachway.

Djakadam – Willie Mullins 4-1 10bet

Second in the last two Gold Cups and looking to give his trainer his first win in this race, he impressed lately in a racecourse gallop and two decent runs this season for horse that obviously likes the Gold Cup but for me he will again find at least one too good for him.

Native River – Colin Tizzard 3-1 10bet

Not my idea of a Gold Cup horse and in my mind has yet to prove himself. The odds at the moment are laughable for him and I must be the only person that hasn’t been impressed but it’s not the first time. There are plenty of holes in his form but it is a weaker Gold Cup this year.

Cue Card – Colin Tizzard 3-1 10bet

Will he have a better chance of winning? If he is going to win then it has to be this year but for me his age is going to scupper his chances. Although he does run like a younger horse I just think the Cheltenham hill will take its toll on the 11yo.

Outlander – Gordon Elliott 9-1 10bet

He looks to be even better this season although his For has been a mixed bag with a win, couple of seconds and a fall when he would have won if staying up. But I still have the view that Gordon Elliott can’t train for a certain race and his horses run well enough all season unlike Mullins who gets them ready for Cheltenham. Has a chance but not for me.

Zabana – Andrew Lynch 33-1 10bet

This horse has been relatively under the Gold Cup radar for most people but I see him as a serious contender although this season could have been a lot better. Second in the 2015 Coral Cup and unseated the jockey at the start of last years JLT, he is a horse that suits Cheltenham and will love the distance. The trainer has also said that he is just keeping the horse ticking over just now and should come to life at Cheltenham whether in the Gold Cup or Ryanair.

Selection

  • BRISTOL DE MAI 20-1 10bet (already advised at 50-1)

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