Gold Cup success for Kingfisher no flight of fancy

Gold Cup success for Kingfisher no flight of fancy

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Betting Tip: Kingfisher @ 8/1 with betvictor

Dermot Weld has given Forgotten Rules the go ahead to run on the proviso of “safe ground”, which was probably a comment more directed to the Clerk of the Course. The ground would have been to form for him on Wednesday but the taps are set to be turned on after racing and that should be enough to ensure the presence of the ante post favourite, who made it four wins from as many starts (three flat, one bumper) at Navan last month. However, I have reservations over whether there will be enough juice in the ground for him to put his very best forward and at current odds of 11/4 I have take him on – dangerous, I know.

Take him out and the race has a very open look to it and is ripe for an each-way bet – but on whom? Mizzou and Vent De Force are obvious starting points but they have to step up again on what they’ve shown so far (quite possible), and the one that is catching my eye is the Aidan O’Brien-trained KINGFISHER.

A son of Galileo, he has never raced over this far but showed he was in good heart when winning a Listed contest over 1m6f at Leopardstown. That race has been O’Brien’s trial of choice for the Gold Cup and the way he cut down some in-form rivals late on, having been given a lot to do, bodes well for his chances. Classy enough to finish third in last year’s Irish Derby, he could take off over this marathon trip under jockey of the moment Ryan Moore.

Others in with an each-way shout are the Andrew Balding-trained pair of HAVANA BEAT and Scotland. The former is just preferred having ran well to finish seventh in last year’s race after being given too much to do, and he’s crying out to be backed also at 25/1 with Paddy Power.

Betting Tip: Kingfisher @ 8/1 with betvictor

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