It's all eyes on Monmore tonight as the Gold Cup reaches the semi-final stage. Check out the best bets from tipping expert Darrell Williams.
"King Turbo, who has already notched up one Gold Cup success with victory in the Towcester version in the spring, is strongly fancied to charge into the final of the Monmore equivalent in what appears a straight forward semi-final task"
King Turbo, who has already notched up one Gold Cup success with victory in the Towcester version in the spring, is strongly fancied to charge into the final of the Monmore equivalent in what appears a straight forward semi-final task (19:23).
Liz McNair's charge could hardly have made a better introduction around the Wolverhampton based circuit in last week's heats and while Kilcree Diamond could pose an early pace hazard the selection's pace up coupled with his likely path just off the rails should ensure he quickly takes control.
Brinkley Poet, given the high level of form he showed in the Puppy Derby here earlier in the year, is respected but looks opposable with pacey Lostrigg Charlie looking for the same ground which could aid Itsur Mate to outrun what appear big odds.
Get friendly with Amigio
Turbo's kennelmate King Elvis took his unbeaten CD record to three with an all the way display in the first round but will find it tougher to dominate in the second semi-final (19:54) and can be taken on. Bonito Amigo improved leaps and bounds when clocking the fastest time last week and while Michael Hurst's pride and joy will find it tougher he still appears to have been undervalued in the market and therefore rates the one to back.
Draw wise Bubbly Bluebird, seven from ten in red including a first success at this track in last week's heats, has again bagged his favourite draw and is worthy of a small saver.
Ahead sounds like a Plan
The third semi-final (20:27) while weaker on paper, certainly doesn't fail in terms of competitiveness and having mastered the same trap four draw emphatically here a fortnight ago Plan Ahead can repeat the feat with neighbour Noelles Phelpso set to allow him ample racing room.
Holdem Zidane claimed the selection's measure when Paul Sallis' charge missed the break in last week's heats and the recent Sunderland Classic finalist may again prove the biggest threat.
Zack is one to back
Away from the Gold Cup, first round elimination Black Zack can justify short odds quotes by quickly returning to winning ways in a supporting 480m Open (20:11). Richard Rees' charge has been in excellent form of late and had won well over the CD the previous week and is difficult to oppose.
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