Greatwood Gold Cup Betting Tips – 3rd March 2018
Horse racing is known as the sport of kings. It’s a sport with a wonderful history and – providing the powers that be keep moving things forward – a great future.
One of the most admirable aspects of horse racing is the way the sport looks after its own. That goes for jockeys, trainers and it certainly goes for the horses themselves.
Greatwood plays a key role in that regard. The charity was set up to look after retired horses and they’ve lent their name to a quality day of racing at Newbury to boost their profile.
The Greatwood Gold Cup is perhaps the best race of the day at Newbury. It’s a Grade 3 handicap run over two miles, four furlongs and taking in sixteen fences. Big name trainers like Paul Nicholls and Venetia Williams have claimed this prize in recent years and we’re set for another classy winner on Saturday.
That is, of course, providing that the meeting survives the current cold snap.
Going update: Soft/Good to soft in places. Frost covers down— Newbury Racecourse (@NewburyRacing) February 27, 2018
Last night’s temps were down to -4. Currently experiencing snow showers with more forecast for tonight and forecast lows of -5. We will continue to monitor closely and keep everyone updated.
Past Five Winners
2017 – Thomas Crapper, aged 10, ridden by Charlie Poste, trained by Robin Dickin
2016 – Sametegal, aged 7, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, trained by Paul Nicholls
2015 – Sound Investment, aged 7, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, trained by Paul Nicholls
2014 – Shangani, aged 8, ridden by Tom Scudamore, trained by Venetia Williams
2013 – Pacha Du Polder, aged 6, ridden by Ryan Mahon, trained by Paul Nicholls
Combination of Youth and Experience Important in the Greatwood Gold Cup
The Greatwood Gold Cup is run over a relatively short distance for a handicap steeplechase. While the longer races, including the Grand National, are all about stamina, this is much more about the ability to hack the pace.
Therefore, it is no surprise that only two winners of the Greatwood Gold Cup in the last 15 years were aged over eight.
That said, this is not a race for up and coming horses in need of a breakthrough win. The same number of 13 from the 15 latest winners had between one to four previous successes over fences.
So when picking a potential winner of Saturday’s race make sure to look for a mixture of both youth and previous experience.
Kylemore Lough Can Return to His Best
It’s not too long ago that racing fans were getting very excited about Kylemore Lough.
After starting out over hurdles, Kylemore Lough made an impressive fist of his early days over the bigger obstacles, winning some quality races.
This started going south for him at the start of the 2016/17 season and it’s now seven races without a win. However, things have started picking up for the nine-year-old since joining Harry Fry’s stables.
He started life under Fry being pulled up at Cheltenham but only found a few quality horses too good for him in his last two starts. The switch to a new trainer can give Kylemore Lough a new lease of life and if he returns to anything like his best at Newbury he could romp home at 9/1 with Coral.
Nicholls’ Record Always Worth Bearing in Mind
Paul Nicholls has a wonderful record in the Greatwood Gold Cup. The 10-time Champion Trainer has saddled the winner at Newbury eight times in the race’s 15 renewals.
It’s always worth taking a second look when a trainer has had that level of previous success and in Warriors Tale he has another very good chance.
Warriors Tale bounced back from unseating his rider in his first race of the season with a pair of second place finishes in competitive handicap chases. His chances of at least another place at Newbury look worth backing at 10/1 with Paddy Power.