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GOLD CUP | Three ante-post selections to consider

Our Cheltenham ante-post series continues with the Festival’s feature event – the Gold Cup

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Our Cheltenham Festival ante-post series reaches its penultimate instalment, as we take a look at the Gold Cup.

Several racing greats have claimed success in the 3m2½f Chase, with the likes of Arkle, Best Mate, Kauto Star and Denman landing victory in the event.

Our team have taken a look through the fourth day’s feature race, in hope of pinning the winner early.

Here are three selections to consider for next season’s renewal of the Gold Cup.

MONKFISH (6/1 – Various)

A very exciting prospect from Willie Mullins’ yard, Monkfish looks tailor-made for the Gold Cup and he could well strike in this contest come March.

Monkfish Cheltenham
Monkfish (right) is one to watch out for in next season’s Gold Cup

The seven-year-old had looked an unstoppable force since breaking his maiden back in December 2019, winning seven straight contests including the Albert Bartlett and the Brown Advisory at the Festival.

The gelding had been faultless over fences until his last outing at Punchestown, but that can be crossed out as his stablemate Colreevy produced the performance of her career on her final start before retiring.

Monkfish’s price of 6/1 is generous at this stage and it could well be worth taking up that offer at this stage.

AL BOUM PHOTO (20/1 – Various)

Al Boum Photo’s hat-trick aspirations in the Gold Cup were ended by Minella Indo last term, but the gelding could bounce back at the first time of asking next season.

The gelding has been lightly raced in recent seasons, only featuring at Tramore on New Year’s Day before making the trip to Cheltenham.

With only a couple of runners better than the nine-year-old in the division, it’s likely that Willie Mullins will make alterations to his campaign trail this time.

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Britain - March 15, 2019 Al Boum Photo ridden by Paul Townend during the 3.30 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Al Boum Photo could aim for a third Gold Cup success in four years

If Al Boum Photo can get back to his best, his 20/1 price tag holds huge appeal.

ROYALE PAGAILLE (40/1 – bet365)

Venetia Williams’s Royale Pagaille garnered plenty of hype before heading to Cheltenham last season, but it could be this season where he strikes at the Festival for his connections.

The gelding grabbed the racing world’s attention when storming home with ease in the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase at Haydock, hacking up to win by 16 lengths.

The seven-year-old was given his chance in the Gold Cup, but it all went wrong as he lost two shoes and was found to be lame post-race after finishing sixth.

Venetia Williams at the Welsh Grand National meeting at Chepstow
Venetia Williams could target the Gold Cup once again for Royale Pagaille

If Royale Pagaille can rediscover last season’s form, he will be one to watch out for here with his price tag of 40/1 looking potentially overpriced.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.

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