Firstly If you are reading this thank you ! I haven’t taken to this blog for quite some time and it is good to be back and hopefully back with a winner.
This Saturdays Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham is a Grade 3 event over an extended 2m4f around the testing Cheltenham track . There are currently 18 runners at this stage of the entry’s.
Several runners from the Paddy Power Gold Cup that was run over the course a few weeks back are set to line up again here. The winner of that race was the Alan King trained Annacotty. Alan has enjoyed some great success in the past few week and his horses are in fine form . The horse was delivered late that day under Ian Popham who rides again . It was the horses 2nd win from 6 starts at the track and as we know course form around Cheltenham can often be a deciding factor. The winning margin the last day was half a length from Buywise back in 2nd . It is understandable why Annacotty does not currently head the betting for this race as Buywise made up a lot of ground late on and with a swing in the weights today and different riding tactics it would be no surprise to see this form being reversed.
Buywise didn’t enjoy the most straight forward of runs last time out. After slipping early on in the race he was rousted along earlier then most . He gave the 3rd fence from home a good knock before staying on strongly between the last 2 looking to surely pass Annacotty a few yards after the line. He is a horse with clear ability and isn’t the strongest of travelers but he seems to finish his races strongly. These factors have to place him on the shortlist for this rematch .
Trainer Paul Nichols currently has 3 entered, all of which are unlikely to run. Sound Investment is the pick of these after finishing 3rd to Annacotty. He was held up and stayed on well between the last 3 obstacles but came up short of the front two. It was a very pleasing run and he looks set to give another bold showing ! He jumps and travels so well that he is at the top of my list .He runs off a career high mark for this race but I feel we have not seen the best of him yet!
The current favourite for the race is the Rebecca Curtis trained Irish Cavalier , however reports today are that the team are awaiting blood test results back . The Curtis yard is going through a rough patch after a suspected bad batch of hay was brought into the yard. Irish Cavalier is a worthy favourite after hitting odds on in running in the Paddy Power gold cup before tiring up the straight . He may not be seen to best effect in this race due to how the yard form currently is but no doubt he is one for further on in the season.
Of the remainder Champagne West has a fine course record but he has no been seen since January and he may just need this run!Johns Spirit has had 2 poor runs his previous starts and ideally would like the ground on the good side, On a going day he could spring an upset.
Thankyou for taking your time out to read the blog ! Hopefully Sound Investment can land this nice pot ! Goodluck if you follow . I.T.J
SOUND INVESTMENT @12/1 (BOYLESPORTS ) 1 Point each way