Tips for all seven races on Gold Cup day
Friday's Best Bets:
||BET NOW ON
||Gala Marceau @ 4/1
||Faivoir e-w six places @ 50/1
||Saint Palair @ 60.0
||A Plus Tard @ 8.4
||Lay Vaucelet @ 4.0
||Back to lay Magic Daze @ 10.0
||Iroko e-w 5 places @ 15/2
13:30 - Triumph Hurdle
Kevin Blake says: "Much of the pre-race focus will be on Lossiemouth and Blood Destiny, but my own preference is for Gala Marceau. Prior to the Spring Juvenile Hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival, Lossiemouth looked set to be a short-priced favourite for this race, but she met with serious interference in running and couldn't make up the lost ground in the closing stages, with Gala Marceau seeing her off by 2½ lengths.
"The widespread analysis of that race has concluded that Lossiemouth was particularly unlucky, but I'm not so sure."
14:10 - County Hurdle
Tony Calvin says: "I have rarely seen a harder handicap puzzle to solve than the County Hurdle at 14:10, so don't let anyone put you off a fancy of yours.
"Unless there is another State Man in here, and Hunters Yarn could well be Willie's lurker this year, I think we are ripe for another shock and Faivoir at 50/1 each-way, six places, with the Betfair Sportsbook, fills my eye."
14:50 - Albert Bartlett
Tony Calvin says: "In recent years, this race has gone to a classier type like Corbetts Cross but in days gone by you wanted an experienced grinder on your side and Saint Palais fits that bill.
"He was in the process of returning to something approaching his best when falling at the last over hurdles at Haydock last time , his first start since a very disappointing run in November. He was rated 153 over fences when winning four from five last term (he went off 7/4 to beat Ahoy Senor and Noble Yeats in the Towton in his only defeat)."
15:30 - Gold Cup
Tony Calvin says: "To put it simply, if A Plus Tard, whose Festival record is something to behold, returns to the form of his unnaturally good 15-length win from Minella Indo in this race last year then he is surely odds-on to win, even allowing for the potential, and the coming force, that is Galopin Des Champs.
"Last year's victory earned Henry de Bromhead's star (well the male star) a rating of 180 and that will take some topping here."
16:10 - Hunters' Chase
Patrick Weaver says: "The two occasions he has ventured to the UK, Vaucelet has won well enough at Stratford. Last May he was crowned the Pertemps Network Stratford Foxhunters Champion after beating Law Of Gold. The third and fourth Dandy Dan and Not That Fuisse take him on again.
"The handicapper has Vaucelet 10lb behind The Storyteller and Chris's Dream and with Patrick Mullins, as ever, on last year's winner Billaway I am happy to take him on."
16:50 - Mares' Chase
On the Racing...Only Bettor Cheltenham Preview podcast Tony Calvin did not share a tip for this race but he did outline a back-to-lay plan for Magic Daze - ridden by Betfair Ambassador Rachael Blackmore - saying:
"I'm going to back her before the race then look to lay her at about 2/1 in-running because I am not assured of her stamina."
17:30 - Martin Pipe
Mark Milligan says: "Oliver Greenall & Josh Guerriero have only been training as a partnership for less than a year but have made a very strong impression in that time and currently have an impressive 19% strike-rate.
"It would be a big feather in their caps if they could train a Cheltenham Festival winner and I think they have every chance of doing just that with the progressive J P McManus-owned Iroko."
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