Grands gamble in Gold Cup
Sky Bet's Kyle Brady brings us news of the firm's market movers on Paddy Power Gold Cup day at Cheltenham.
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Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has won the last two renewals of this race, and looks to have a live chance of making it three from three today. Far West accounted for Alan King's Handazan when impressing on his British debut and can complete a hat trick for the yard today.
David Pipe's charge has looked a horse of considerable ability, especially when routing the opposition in what looked a competitive Ascot handicap last December. Disappointing since at both the Cheltenham and Aintree Fesivals, but the six-year-old is lightly raced and could be anything over the larger obstacles.
There is support for a number of horses, including Forpadydeplaster and Quantitativeeasing, as punters seek out the each way value against the front few. Despite this, Grand Crus remains rock solid at the front of the market and now trades at 2/1. As short as that may be, it's worth remembering that warm favourite Wishfull Thinking raced off 164 in this race last year. The Pipe beast runs off 157 today and is being backed as if he is a good thing.