Day Four Tips: 2020 Gold Cup Horse-by-Horse Guide

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Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

15:30 – Gold Cup

1. Al Boum Photo – 11/4 with MansionBet

Last year’s winner arrives here off the back of only one run this season at Tramore. It is the same preparation that served him so well last year and there is growing confidence that he can become the first back to back winner of the race since Best Mate. 8/10

2. Bristol De Mai – 25/1 with MansionBet

Bristol De Mai is hugely consistent and rarely runs a bad race these days. 2nd in the race last year behind Al Boum Photo, he has finished 2nd behind two more of today’s rivals this season in Lostintranslation and Santini. His effort behind Santini can be marked up due to a bad mistake at the 3rd last fence which put paid to his chances. Place chance at best, however. 5/10

3. Chris’s Dream – 22/1 with MansionBet

Two from two this season, Chris’s Dream has looked a progressive chaser of late.  Rachael Blackmore has chosen to ride stablemate Monalee however and he is likely to find a few of these too good. 4/10

4. Clan Des Obeaux – 7/1 with MansionBet

The two-time King George winner, Clan Des Obeaux, was sent off a well-backed second favourite in the race last year but failed to fire. He has been kept fresher this time around with no run at Ascot in February like last year, that could make all the difference to him and he rates as a likely winner. 9/10

5. Delta Work – 5/1 with MansionBet

Gordon Elliot is yet again having a brilliant week at the Cheltenham Festival and looks set to be the leading trainer of the week. He has won the Gold Cup once before with Don Cossack and he believes he can add a 2nd in the shape of Delta Work. A thoroughly good stayer who looks very versatile ground-wise and tactics-wise, he beat a very strong field in the Irish Gold Cup and looks set to be involved in the finish here too. 8/10

6. Elegant Escape – 80/1 with MansionBet

Elegant Escape would have liked a bit more rain to fall as he is an out-and-out stayer who wants bottomless ground. He will be outpaced here and won’t worry the protagonists. 2/10

7. Kemboy – 9/1 with MansionBet

Patrick Mullins will be delighted to pick up the ride on Kemboy. He unseated Ruby Mullins at the first in this last year but redeemed himself when winning at Aintree and Punchestown. He has been held by Delta Work twice this season but you can’t rule out him improving for the better ground today. 7/10

8. Lostintranslation – 9/1 with MansionBet

Lostintranslation flopped in the King George on Boxing Day but he has had his wind operated since. He is at his best when he gets into a nice early rhythm and gets jumping. This will be his first try past three miles but he gives off every impression that he will stay. One of the likelier winners if he fires. 7/10

9. Monalee – 22/1 with MansionBet

The choice of Rachael Blackmore, Monalee doesn’t have too much to find with Delta Work but there are stamina doubts about him. He has run well at the previous three Cheltenham Festivals finishing 2nd, 2nd and 4th and he rates as a place chance at best here. 5/10

10. Presenting Percy – 12/1 with MansionBet

Presenting Percy was last year’s beaten favourite after never being able to land a punch in the race. He hasn’t convinced at all this season but he is impossible to completely rule out given how imperious he was in the RSA chase two years ago where he beat the likes of Monalee and Al Boum Photo. 6/10

11. Real Steel – 66/1 with MansionBet

Another one in the race for Willie Mullins but Real Steel rates as the worst of his three. He has failed to fire at previous Cheltenham Festivals and pulled-up on his latest start. Others preferred. 2/10

12. Santini – 5/1 with MansionBet

The shortest priced British challenger has been a hard horse to sum up. It is likely we haven’t got to the bottom of him yet but he is an old fashioned chaser who looks to be a thorough stayer and galloper. Nicky Henderson has put cheek-pieces on him for the first time in a bid to liven him up as he tends to race a bit behind the bridle. If he can go the early pace, then he has a huge chance of giving his trainer a third Gold Cup. 8/10

VERDICT: It is one of the most open renewals of the Gold Cup with five or six realistically able to think they will win. Preference is given to Clan Des Obeaux who can put last year’s defeat well behind him.

  1. Clan Des Obeaux
  2. Delta Work
  3. Santini

All odds correct at time of publication.

Once harboured ambitions to be a jockey but those dreams died a long time ago! He now works in the horse racing industry for JSC Communications, representing a number of jockeys and trainers.

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