Feb 1 2019
Irish Gold Cup Tips and Betting Offers, 3:35pm at Leopardstown, Sunday 3rd February 2019
Sunday’s action at Leopardstown builds up to the Irish Gold Cup. The Grade One chase is often seen as a precursor to a strong run at the Cheltenham Gold Cup. That’s something to keep an eye out for this weekend, but just who should you be watching in the build up? Here’s our guide and latest betting tips to this weekend’s Irish Gold Cup, as we look to find the best value option in a packed field.
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Irish Gold Cup Betting Tips and Free Bets
- Monalee To Win at 7/1 with Coral
- Balko Des Flos Each Way at 18/1 with bet365
Irish Gold Cup Betting Offers
If this race is an indicator of the competition for the Gold Cup, then we should be in for a strong year. There’s no clear winner, with as may as five serious contenders, along with a few outside shots of glory. That’s left the betting quite tight, which should help us to find a few decent value prices ahead of this weekend’s race.
Leading the way for this one is Road to Respect, who boast a mixed recent record. With six wins from 14 chases, he’s not exactly the clear frontrunner. He hasn’t featured since the end of 2018, which brought a third place finish at this course in the Savills Chase. With just one win in four across 2018, it’s hard to get on board with his price of 9/4 with Ladbrokes. He’s followed by AlBoum Photo, who is a 7/2 shot with Betfred.
Instead, we’re looking elsewhere ahead of this one. While there are three picks placed ahead of Monalee in the betting, the eight-year-old is our pick for Sunday’ meeting. He beat Road to Respect at the end of 2018, pipping him into second. His best ever run came at Leopardstown, and the tall gelding should really hit the ground running here, and we expect him to contend for glory at the very least. While Road to Respect is a shade over 2/1, Monalee seems like far better value at 7/1 with Coral.
Next up for us is a longer odds pick, as we try to find some value in a tight field. We’ve gone down the list to pick out a horse who seems more than comfortable with the demands here, as last year’s Ryanair Chase winner Balko Des Flos comes in well valued. A top chaser, his victories at Galway and Cheltenham show his real ability.
He picked up a third place finish at Punchestown last year, but overall 2018 dipped after that Cheltenham success. We see him returning to form early in 2019, as this course seems well suited to his talents. On top of that, you can get 18/1 with bet365 on a horse with a proven record, so we’re backing Balko Des Flos as our each-way pick.