LAST month’s BetVictor Gold Cup was a dramatic race to say the least.
Gary Moore’s Baron Alco was out in entrance avoiding all of the carnage in behind and he now tries to observe up in tomorrow’s Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (1.55pm).
This isn’t a straightforward double to tug off, with Unique Dancer the final to take action again in 2006.
You actually couldn’t rule Moore’s runner out from only a 6lb greater mark, however all the things went proper for him final time and I’m ready to take him on at 6/1.
Race favorite RATHER BE ticks a whole lot of the containers and appears the one all of them must beat.
Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old was desperately unfortunate to be introduced down 4 out when nonetheless travelling properly within the BetVictor and deserves to be given one other probability.
He’s by no means had a lot luck at Cheltenham, as he unseated Charlie Deutsch within the Martin Pipe Hurdle in 2017 and was then nailed on the road by Mister Whitaker within the novices’ handicap chase in March.
I’ve little question he’s well-handicapped off a mark of 149, and he’s unquestionably the most certainly winner, however isn’t essentially the most interesting at simply 3/1.
Venetia Williams gained this prize 4 years in the past with Niceonefrankie and has had Tenor Nivernais and Aso positioned within the race since then.
Aso would have been attention-grabbing following his spectacular win at Newbury final time, however equally so is stablemate CEPAGE who’s my predominant choice.
The son of Saddler Maker bolted up on his first begin for Williams two years in the past – proving he can go properly contemporary – and ran properly in numerous good races final season.
He put in a wonderful efficiency on his reappearance final season when overwhelmed half a size by Sir Valentino in a priceless handicap at Ascot and went on to win a 2m4f handicap chase at Kempton the day after the Pageant.
He was then a superb fourth to Site visitors Fluide at Cheltenham in April and that type has been franked by the winner a few occasions this time period.
There’s each probability Cepage continues to be properly handled off a mark of 143 and the forecast rain actually gained’t dampen enthusiasm.
All issues thought-about, he appears an ideal each-way wager at 12/1 with Ladbrokes, though it’s a disgrace we’ll solely receives a commission out for the primary three house with simply the 15 runners declared.
Bryony Frost has constructed up a wonderful partnership with FRODON, who took this race again in 2016, they usually can end within the cash once more at 9/1 with the identical agency.
It will be an unbelievable effort to win this off 164, however he’s verging on Grade One class and completely loves it at Cheltenham.
Solely a six-year-old, he gained this race two years when 4 and in addition romped house in a handicap on Trials Day in January.
He’s under no circumstances regressing at this stage of his profession and has the flexibility to go shut right here earlier than transferring onto greater races.
After simply 13 runs on the age of seven, Mr Medic is among the progressive varieties within the area.
His coach Robert Walford landed an enormous pot at Aintree with Stroll In The Mill within the Becher Chase final weekend and has a reside contender right here at 10/1, whereas Philip Hobbs is in effective type this season and holds an opportunity with Battle Sound.
BILL ESDAILE’S CASPIAN CAVIAR 1-2-3
2 RATHER BE