Jan 31 2018
Irish Gold Cup Tips and Betting Offers, 3:35 at Leopardstown, Sunday 4th February 2018
The Irish Gold Cup is always seen as an important warm up ahead of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and that was especially true last year. Sizzling John managed to win over the three mile course in 2017, before going on to win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham soon after. That’s an achievement which only three horses have ever completed, so it’s slightly surprising to see the reigning champion miss out here. Just who will be able to step up and take his place?
Irish Gold Cup Betting Tips and Free Bets
Irish Gold Cup Betting Preview
With no sign of Sizzling John this year, we do have a competitive looking top end at the Irish Gold Cup. This is a race which Willie Mullins will obviously be targeting, having claimed nine wins here in total. However, the last of those came in 2013, which is a bit of a dry spell. His best chance of ending that run is through nine-year-old Killultagh Vic this weekend.
He can be found at 5/1 with Betfair, but we’re not entirely sold on Mullin’s main contender. He does seem like a challenger, but the name that sticks out for us here is favourite Our Duke. The 3/1 chance with Coral has a solid hurdle pedigree, which does push him towards the front of the pack
However, the thing which stands out here for us is Our Duke’s trainer, given that Jessica Harrington guided Sizzling John to those impressive Gold Cup wins last year. While that doesn’t guarantee a strong showing with a different horse, you have to feel that there’s plenty for her to work with here, despite the eight-year-old’s injury problems.
A back issue led to a disappointing display back in November, but after some time away from the track Our Duke seems to be back to his best. After taking time to ensure that he is at his best, we think Harrington can take Our Duke to success, which has us siding with him at 3/1 with Coral ahead of the Gold Cup on Sunday.
While we’ve already written off Mullins’ best hope of a win, we aren’t quite as negative on an outside pick of his here. Djakadam heads to the race in Dublin this weekend on the back of a strong finish to 2017, and that has us looking at him going in to the Gold Cup. While he still has plenty of questions to answer, you’d imagine that’s exactly why Mullins has turned to him here. The fact that he finished second behind last year’s winner Sizzling John at the John Durkan Chase at Punchestown late last year, marks him out as a contender, and his price of 8/1 with Betfred has tempted us in to back him each way here.
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