Action from the Coral Gold Cup meeting at Newbury
Le Milos pictured in his stable

Big-race preview & tip: Coral Gold Cup


We have a tip, trainer quotes and key video replays for Saturday's Coral Gold Cup at Newbury.


Coral Gold Cup - Le Milos

After a comfortable reappearance win at Bangor it's likely LE MILOS has better to come for new trainer Dan Skelton so he's selected to make light of a 4lb penalty.

Remastered looked set to have a big say in this last year when departing at the fourth last and a reappearance win over hurdles suggests he can figure prominently with a clear round.

There's likely even more to come from London Gold Cup winner Our Power so he's also on the shortlist along with Corach Rambler and Busselton.


Timeform Pace Map

Coral Gold Cup pace map

Pace Forecast : Even

Specific Pace Hint : So long as the leaders don’t do too much in front the prospects of LE MILOS rather than OUR POWER (IRE) should be still be boosted.

Individual Price Hint : REMASTERED normally races prominently but even considering the probable pace scenario has lost out before after trading much lower than Betfair SP.


Key Quotes

Joseph O’Brien - Busselton: “All has gone well since Listowel, this race has been the target and we’ve been pleased with his prep. He’s obviously been running in fiercely competitive handicaps and we’re hoping that the ground will be as nice as possible. We’re really looking forward to it.

“He’s a youngish horse, but he has plenty of experience for his age and we’re hoping that will stand to him. Someone said that no five-year-old has won the race before, but he is a pretty experienced one."

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Dan Skelton - Le Milos: “He’s been really well since Bangor, I’ve been delighted with him. We went to Bangor wanting to learn something and I think we did learn something. He’s been in great form since, it’s a highly competitive race but I am happy with him.

“We learnt more than the 4lb we got! It’s a big step up, make no mistake, but he’s ready for it.

“It was really soft when he won for us, but at the end of the day he’s out of a King’s Theatre mare. I’ve never danced that dance with him so I can’t be sure, but I’m not feeling negative."

Peter Scudamore - Corach Rambler: "I have walked the course and I think it is just on the right side of OK.

"We will see how it dries out. It is OK, it is good ground. I rode around it this morning (Friday) and rode Corach, I gave him a canter this morning. I’m pretty sure he’ll run. I’m walking it by myself and we will see what Lucinda says. They are going to put more water on (on Friday night) and it is just OK.

“We will see what happens. At the moment, I think he’ll run."

Joe Tizzard - Oscar Elite, Fiddlerontheroof & Lostintranslation: "I thought Oscar Elite’s first run was better than the bare result to be honest. It was the perfect prep, I hope, and this has been the target for him. He was third in the Ultima, he’s had a little wind operation and Harry (Cobden) knows him, so I think he should be very competitive.

"I’m really pleased with Fiddlerontheroof as well. He’s 5lb higher and he didn’t win it last year, but he’s in good nick and had a lovely prep run. I think there’s a big race in him. He’s knocked on the door and in a minute he’ll get his day, which I think he deserves, but whether there’s something lower in the handicap that beats him, I’m not sure.

“We’re putting the cheek pieces on him, just to help him travel and help Brendan (Powell, jockey).

“Fred takes the 7lb off Lostintranslation and he knows him well. I would have loved to run him in a veterans’ race in the last couple of weeks but the ground went against him – he loves good ground.

“I’m certainly not dismissing him. He deserves to be there, class can shine through in handicaps and he’s a good horse on his day. He’s in great nick at home, but those younger horses might just have the edge on him."

Action from the Coral Gold Cup meeting at Newbury
Action from Newbury

Sam Thomas - Our Power: "He’s very economical and is not a horse that is going to be coming up outside the wings at his fences. He’s very much A to B and that’s what you want in a long-distance handicap.

“My only concern is the first back straight and last back straight. We just want to make sure he doesn’t have any bad jumpers in front of him and from there gets into a rhythm. He’s progressed from last season, winning first time out, and certainly with these horses over fences, they don’t tend to come to themselves until their later years. Fingers crossed we’re only at the start of what’s to come.

“We’re going there optimistic as much as anything and if you told me last season we’d be going in with an each-way chance in the Coral Gold Cup, I’d be very happy.”

Paul Nicholls - Threeunderthrufive: "He is fine and in good shape. He had a good prep and ran nicely in a hurdle race. I thought he had a nice workout at Newbury, any rain won’t do him any harm.

“Whether 151 is a realistic mark of his capability, I don’t know, but we’ll see on Saturday”

Venetia Williams - Fanion D’Estruval: "It’s going to be a tough ask for him first time out and he’s got a big step up in trip as well. But for a decent prize like that, we are looking forward to him giving it his best shot and he has run well at Newbury on a few occasions in the past."


Key video form

LE MILOS - Bangor, 9 November 2022

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BUSSELTON - Limerick, 21 September 2022

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