Punchestown: Clan Des Obeaux | 5:55pm Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup
After Tuesday’s best bet of the day landed via Chacun Pour Soi, our team have selected our NAP of the day’s action at Punchestown later this afternoon.
Paul Nicholls’ Irish invasion can pay dividends as he sends two-time King George victor Clan Des Obeaux to County Kildare for the Punchestown Gold Cup.
The recent Betway Bowl winner had the option of the bet365 Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Sandown last Saturday, but connections supplemented their charge for a tilt at glory across the Irish Sea on Wednesday.
A return to a right-handed track is sure to suit, with the Kapgarde gelding excelling at the likes of Kempton Park and Ascot in recent history, partnered by Sam Twiston-Davies once again who rode him to his second Sunbury-on-Thames success two years ago.
He finished a valiant second when last seen on these shores, chasing home Road To Respect in the Champion Chase at Down Royal in November 2019.
With Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Minella Indo now a non-runner, this contest has been thrown wide open and while Willie Mullins pair Al Boum Photo and Kemboy will almost certainly be bang there, perhaps Ditcheat’s decision to opt for a crack at this contest can be rewarded.