Cheltenham lost Friday’s race-day this week and are playing catch up. The feature race on Saturday is the BetVictor Gold Cup and is where I’ve identified my only selection on the day..
Two of the front three in the betting, Siruh Du Lac and Spiritofthegames, clashed at the festival with Siuh Du Lac coming out on top. That form was given a boost with the recent win of Janika, who split the pair that day, winning off a mark of 162 recently at Exeter.
Both have a progressive look about them. Siruh Du Lac has only been beaten once in seven completions over fences. But he has a 6lb reversal in the weights to contend with against Spiritofthegames.
Apart from his obvious form claims, the compelling factor in Spiritofthegames’ favour is his exceptional record running off an absence. His record off a 50+ days break reads 11113. This is probably his best trip and the ground should be OK. He has had a wind operation over the summer and recent quotes suggest the trainer is anticipating a big run.
I think the 8/1 (Unibet) available against SPIRITOFTHEGAMES is slightly generous and should be taken.