Doncaster and Newbury are the key racing destinations tomorrow and it’s off to the Berkshire course for the main bet in the Greatwood Gold Cup (3.50pm).
Paul Nicholls has farmed this race in recent years, winning four of the last five renewals, but his main chance, The Knoxs, has to bounce back from a crashing fall at this track back in November.
David Pipe landed a monumental gamble at Warwick last week with the unbelievably well-handicapped Ballynagour and you have to sit up and take notice when you see another Pipe contender hovering at the bottom of the weights in a race like this.
GARYNELLA has only had one start for the yard, finishing a well beaten third at Cheltenham in December. However, the shrewd trainer looks to have waited for an opportunity close to the Festival to try to pick up a 5lb penalty to guarantee the six-year-old’s place at Prestbury Park.
He should be backed at 5/1 with Coral tomorrow and it may also be worth having a few quid on him at 20/1 for the closing novices’ handicap chase on the first day of the Festival.
CHAMPAGNE N CAVIAR is a provisional entry in tomorrow’s 4.05pm novices’ hurdle at Doncaster and if he is declared you should take the hint. He has been working really well at home and Alan King has been waiting for better ground.
I will be heading to the Brewery on Chiswell Street next Friday for the City A.M. Long Lunch which features a host of sporting stars including Phil Tufnell, Sam Torrance, Josh Lewsey and Thomas Castaignede.
After lunch I will be hosting a Cheltenham preview sponsored by Paddy Power with Mick Fitzgerald. There are a few tables left for the lunch and you can still bag one by visiting mbnpromotions.co.uk or calling 0845 543 8277.
You can follow me on Twitter @BillEsdaile.
GARYNELLA 3.50pm Newbury (tomorrow)
CHAMPAGNE N CAVIAR 4.05pm Doncaster (tomorrow)