Guest post by JACK MILNER. THE bet365 Gold Cup, formerly the Whitbread Gold Cup, is one of those fondly associated races that unfortunately brings the curtain down on the National Hunt season, with a tear in one’s eye, knowing we have to endure the Flat season until the Charlie Hall Chase comes around at Wetherby in the autumn. It is a race associated with hearty stayers and previous winners include the likes of Poker De Sivola and Tidal Bay. You need class, and you have to stay forever…
Michel Le Bon heads the weights but seems to only run well at Newbury. Recent winners Well Refreshed and Same Difference have been hammered by the handicapper, and Balthazar King, On His Own, The Rainbow Hunter, Becauseicouldntsee, Saint Are, and Tatenen all disappointed in the Grand National at Aintree. A horse steadily on the improve is MR MOSS for trainer Evan Williams (pictured above) who thrives in staying handicap chasers.
He put in a terrific effort to just get out-battled by a very game horse in Quentin Collonges, who reopposes here, in the Grimthorpe at Doncaster with the pair pulling eight lengths clear of the field. He is sure to be suited by the longer trip and better ground, and he looks like a horse who could potentially have plenty in hand. Of the rest, Ikorodu Road is getting to the point of being potentially well handicapped, down to a mark of 135, providing he was to see out the trip.
Mr Moss is currently a 12/1 chance with BetVictor, who are offering Best Odds Guaranteed on all races.
They are also refunding all bets at Punchestown if second to a Willie Mullins runner, and have already refunded bets on FIVE runners (by Friday). #WillieWin