Present View looks set to run a big race in the Paddy Power Gold Cup next month
The Paddy Power Gold Cup run at the home of jumps racing, Cheltenham, in the middle of November is the first big betting race of the new season and few punters can resist a crack at finding the winner.
This year’s renewal will take place on Saturday 15th November and it promises to be as fiercely competitive as ever, with £160k in added prize money up for grabs. Even so, recent results have been relatively punter-friendly with the top three in the betting accounting for eight of the last 11 winners, including last year’s hero Johns Spirit (7/1).
That horse is 16/1 for a repeat win with the race sponsors Paddy Power, who prefer his stablemate Taquin Du Seuil at 7/1, and it’s easy to see why. The latter never stopped improving last season, winning four of his six starts (all chases), culminating in victory in the JPT Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, and connections must be hopeful he can go right to the top of the chasing tree this term. A worthy favourite then.
We should get the chance to assess him further before the Paddy Power – he’s entered in a chase at Newton Abbot this Friday – but I wouldn’t encourage anyone to back him now. It’s such a competitive handicap that I can’t see him being much shorter on the day, and the object of any ante post bet should be to snag considerably bigger odds than the eventual SP, which is of course offset by the risk of losing your money if the horse in question fails to turn up – we’ve all been there!
Looking down the current list of ante post prices there is one horse worth a small interest at this early stage for the simple reason he is being trained specifically the race, which is half the battle. The beast in question is PRESENT VIEW, who also finished last season on a high with a win at the Festival, the Rewards4racing Novices’ Handicap Chase, which is run over a similar trip to the Paddy Power. In doing so, he did me a massive turn as I was on ante post at 33/1 (SP 8/1) and I can tell you the subsequent stewards’ enquiry was the most agonising 10 minutes of my life!
He starts this season on a career-high mark of 144 but that may still underestimate him and, using previous renewals as a guide, he’s likely to be amongst the bottom weights on the day. His trainer Jamie Snowdon, whose results have allowed him to up the quality of horses he will train this winter, intends to give him a prep-run, possibly over hurdles, as he does take some getting fit. He’s also got some ambitions plans for the seven-year-old with a tilt at the Hennessy and even the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the cards.
The horse owes me nothing and I may be biased as a result but I do think he is destined for better things and at 16/1 with the race sponsors, I can’t resist having a bit on now with a view to going in again closer to the race. I suggest you join me.
There are plenty of potential dangers of course and too many to list here, but the ones that take the eye at this stage are Oscar Whisky (8/1), who is a proven Cheltenham specialist, and Paul Nicholls’ Wonderful Charm (12/1).
Present View @ 10/1 with Paddy Power