Cheltenham Gold Cup, Friday 15:20
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is no only a matter of hours away, however that doesn’t stop us from bringing you the latest free tips as plenty of money has been seen for Kauto Star and Long Run, who is currently the market favourite as Ladbrokes offer shortish odds on Nicky Henderson’s charge, and taking plenty of bets from punters, while those seeking better value may look further down the card for an each way steal.
Weird Al and Midnight chase represent some value at 12/1 respectively, but there’s better prices elsewhere.
Diamond Harry may be a 33-1 shot for the Gold Cup, but could be the value of the race if a recent wind operation had rejuvenated the horse.
Makes no bones about it, this is a horse with huge talent and class, and looked every much a potential Gold Cup horse when landing the Hennessy Gold Cup last season.
That performance, where he beat Burton Port and Denman, was achieved with the look of a real-top class animal. From the front he travelled, jumped and battled like a horse out of the top draw and it was a huge shame for many people who had backed him for the Gold Cup following that run, when he was ruled out of the rest of the season with injury.
A year off the track followed and hopes have been high regarding his comeback race in the Betfair Chase, where he was a solid second favourite behind Long Run.
Obviously Kauto Star wowed the world with his front-running performance but Diamond Harry actually travelled and jumped just as good as the champion up until the second last fence where he found nothing for pressure.
It was a similar case in the Argento Chase when he was beaten tamely into fifth behind Midnight Chase after again travelling like the best horse in the race.
He had never flopped off the bridle before his injury and it came out that he was suffering from a breathing problem after the Argento, which explains his timid finishing kick.
He has undergone a wind operation since and has reportedly delighted trainer Nick Williams with his work since.
Now, it’s hard to tell whether the operation has improved the horse at all until you see it in action on the racecourse, however at 33-1 I’m willing to find out.