Let’s start with Saturday’s horseracing preview!
Pick of the day’s race.
15.25 @ Newbury Greatwood Gold Cup (2m 3 1/2f)
Grade 3 – Likely soft g/s
This week’s Betting.Com big race preview comes from Newbury. Here 14 hardened stayers will battle it out for the Grade 3 Greatwood Gold Cup.
Since its inception in 2004, this race has been dominated by eight-time Champion trainer, Paul Nicholls. Seven wins in 13 attempts tells you everything you need to know about his chances. Therefore it’s no surprise to see his two entries leading the ante-post market.
The runner of the moment.
Art Mauresque comes here off the back of two unplaced efforts in good quality fields, however his beating of Parlour Games only a four runs ago still stands fresh in the memory. It’s by far the best form on offer, however there are major concerns over his ability to handle softer ground. His last two runs were well below his best, although it will be a big shock if he doesn’t place regardless of the going.
His stablemate, Sametegal, has struggled over the past couple of races. Like Art Mauresque, he will be hoping for drying ground overnight. His beating of the excellent Three Musketeers stands out, however his last two runs have been in weaker races and he’s failed to take advantage.
By her own admission, Venetia Williams uses this race as a warm up for Benny’s Mist on his route to Aintree, however that didn’t stop him from coming second in last year’s renewal. He finished less than a length behind Sound Investment that day, however he now comes here 7lbs higher and struggling for form at a time when a career best is needed.
Other runners to consider.
PYTHAGORE is a hugely interesting runner having run very well in both Listed and Grade Two company in France. It’s always tricky to draw a line through the form in France. He’s a wonderfully reliable jumper and loves it muddy. If the weather does turn for the worse then he’s suddenly in with an excellent each-way chance. The best ante-post price on offer at 12/1.
Of the others, Ultragold will struggle with an 11lb rise thanks to an impressive 17 length win last time out in a weaker contest. Little John has lost his way since winning in November, although a return to that form would see him trouble the places.
PYTHAGORE (soft ground or worse)
ART MAURESQUE (good/soft or better)