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Cue Gold Cup Hopes

Boylesports offer 10/1 the field for the Cheltenham Gold Cup which is testament to how wide open the staying chasers division is at the moment but tomorrow's Betfair Chase at Haydock might shake the market up a small bit.

The first three home from last season's renewal will all re-oppose again with Jonjo O'Neill's Taquin De Seuil adding some extra spice to the three-miler, in which Cue Card came out on top last season, and may well do so again this time around.

It certainly is an intriguing contest yet again and one of a number of possible outcomes wouldn't be a surprise including the 1-2-3 tomorrow mirroring that of last year but Cue Card gets the pick to win despite suffering defeat when favourite last time out.


Colin Tizzard's stable star was the 13/8 favourite when only managing to finish fourth behind Gods Own at Exeter earlier in the month but that was over 2m1f which was far from ideal for the eight-year-old. Back at Haydock, Daryl Jacob should be able to boss the race from the front, so he looks like the one to be on the right side of.

Menorah had five of his eight rivals from tomorrow's race behind him at Wetherby when winning the Charlie Hall Chase, with Taquin De Seuil second on that occasion. Jonjo O'Neill's horse is expected to get the better of Menorah at least and possibly give Cue Card most to do, especially with Barry Geraghty onboard.

Another Cheltenham race that is sure to have a different market shape after tomorrow is the Champion Hurdle with the current race favourite and second favourite both in action, but, unfortunately, not against each other.

Faugheen will be odds-on to make a winning seasonal reappearance at Ascot in the Coral Hurdle, while The New One will be just as short in the Betfair Price Rush Hurdle and both should justify their short odds.

At Navan on Sunday, the Troytown Chase is the feature event and it looks to be a real competitive renewal of this three-miler with Tony Martin likely to be responsible for the favourite in Gallant Oscar, who, with only five starts over fences under his belt, has the cut of a progressive type. However, this event could turn into a bit of a war of attrition in which Paul Fahey's He'llberemembered should be kept on side at 20/1.


The 11-year-old was a winner over hurdles last time out and prior to that failed to land a blow in the Kerry National, but that run can be ignored due to his record around Listowel. Dropped a few pounds by the handicapper, if he can be still there leaving the back straight on Sunday, he could well have a big say.

Also at Navan on Sunday is the Grade Two Monksfield Novice Hurdle in which the Gordon Elliott-trained Free Expression is the one to keep an eye on.

A point-to-point winner as a four-year-old, he is two from two on the track and while maybe less experienced than some of his rivals here, he is certainly a very exciting prospect for Elliott and JP McManus and may even be on that has a say at the bigger festivals later in the season.