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Paddy Power Gold Cup

Paddy Power Gold Cup Tips

The National Hunt season really kicks off in style with the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham, as we bring you the latest tips and odds. Who are we backing?

Trying to find the winner of a 20-runner handicap like the Paddy Power Gold Cup where every owner believes they have realistic claims of landing the prize is a tough ask but we think we may have cracked the code this year.

Trainer Jonjo O’Neill is a master at readying a horse to be spot on for a big-race handicap and as long as Johns Spirit sneaks in at the bottom of the weights (he needs two to come out at the time of writing) the recent course and distance winner should be cherry-ripe to give his followers a very good spin for their money.

The selection is battling with favouritism with the heavily backed Dynaste from the David Pipe yard as if he is as good as his connections think he is, with a potential crack at the Cheltenham Gold Cup being mentioned, then his current rating of 159 should be very workable indeed.

However, we have swerved the classy seven-year-old, who finished second in the Jewson Novices Chase last season due to doubts about whether he will truly see out his race on heavy ground at a track that may just be a tad testing for him.

Johns Spirit doesn’t have that problem as he relishes the conditions at Prestbury Park as shown by his very classy victory in the Equus-Fine Dining At The Festival Handicap Chase run at the Showcase meeting last month.

Although the recent record of horses from that race to this event isn’t overly encouraging (43F2853 – 12 years since a winner went on to win the Paddy Power) the way in which the selection jumped and subsequently sauntered clear suggests that he could still be well ahead of the assessor.

At 6/1 he rates as the most likely winner in our eyes.

Best Bet: Back JOHNS SPIRIT to win @ 6/1 with Paddy Power

When planning a punting attack on this race, favouring horses with plenty of course form that you know will stay the trip is a key component. Alan King’s charge ticks both of those boxes and should run well for backers getting on at double figure prices.

Despite only being 1-10 over fences, Walkon doesn’t know how to run a bad race at Cheltenham and finished a very admirable second behind Al Ferof in last year’s slug-fest of a Paddy Power Gold Cup. If conditions come up heavy, none will be staying on stronger than the juicy longshot.

He would have blown away the early season cobwebs in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree, where his jumping was very poor and he unseated poor Robert Thornton four from the finish. Get on him to fill a place.

Recommended Bet: Back WALKON each-way @ 22/1 with Paddy Power

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