Gold Cup day looms and the punters get something of their own back on Thursday, perhaps they can do even better on Friday. After Might Bite has had his soft palate cauterised maybe, just maybe, he can gain revenge over Native River. But I’m afraid the going is against him and Native River is my fancy to reprise last year’s fine victory. But perhaps there’s better value to be had elsewhere on the card starting with the County Hurdle. Alan King is very hopeful of Lisp’s chances, saying of him, “ He was over the top for the Betfair as he was ready a fortnight earlier”. I think he may have him spot on for this. Gordon Elliot sends out his recent Grade 1 winner Commander Of Fleet in the ‘Potato’ race, the Albert Bartlett, and his young horse certainly seems to have a bright future. In his latest victory at Leopardstown he beat many of the protagonists he will face here, he dealt with them easily that day and I see no reason why he can’t repeat the feat. Pacha Du Polder goes for his third win in the Foxhunters but the veteran may have to give way to a younger challenger this year. Richard Hobson’s Shantou Flyer is my idea of the winner and rider, Mr David Maxwell, has been getting a fine tune from him recently. He has won on soft, he has won at Cheltenham and he has won over the distance. He certainly looks the form horse to me and can take this massive prize. (The Trophy stands about 5ft high) The Grand Annual used to be the last race on the card but it has been bumped up a place, probably so all the professional jockeys can get off early. I think last year’s winner, Le Prezien, has a great chance. Paul Nicholls is in a rich vein of form and the gelding has a pound less to carry than he did when victorious at last year’s Festival.
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2.50 Commander Of Fleet
4.10 Shantou Flyer
4.50 Le Prezien
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