Irish Gold Cup Tips and Betting Offers, Leopardstown, Sunday 4th February 2018

Leopardstown hosts quite the day of racing this Sunday but much of the attention will be on the three mile Irish Gold Cup, one of the key trial for the Cheltenham Gold Cup next month. The Irish version is the far younger of the two races, having enjoyed its inaugural run in 1987. Since then three horses have won both Gold Cups in the same season, most recently Sizing John who bagged the double last year.

Irish Gold Cup Betting Tips and Offers

Irish Gold Cup Betting Offers

Willie Mullins has already saddled the winner nine times in this race and he has two entries this year as he looks to make that a round 10. Djakadam is one of his names involved but the former Punchestown Chase winner looks best avoided even at odds of 8/1 (Coral). He put in a fine effort to end last season, pushing Sizing John very close in the Punchestown Gold Cup but this season he’s looked like a shadow of his former self. First off he ended up seven lengths behind Sizing John and the following start saw him pulled up before the last fence at Leopardstown.

Killultagh Vic (5/1, William Hill) offers a bit more appeal than his stablemate with five wins from his last five outings but the long duration between the victories is a concern. The nine-year-old has been out just once since January 2016 and that was only for a low quality race at Punchestown on New Year’s Eve. It’s been over two years since he took on fences too and his lack of recent chase experience could cost him. Fellow eight-year-old Our Duke (3/1, BetVictor) doesn’t boast much chase experience either but his Irish Grand National win highlights what fine jumping ability he already has. You may be concerned to see that he was 51 lengths off the pace at Down Royal in November but he was treated for kissing spines shortly after. Jessica Harrington has been delighted with how he has trained lately and he should be back to his normal self after a decent break.

While Our Duke remains a tempting option, Anibale Fly simply cannot be ignored following a fine showing at Leopardstown in late December. Riding as top weight in a very competitive handicap, the eight-year-old jumped fluidly to win the race by seven lengths. It seems the step up in trip served him very well and he should relishing a test which is only half a furlong shorter. For an outside tipple, Valseur Lido should be one to consider. While showing signs of rust on his season debut, you shouldn’t forget he saw off Silviniaco Conti last season to win the Champion Chase at Down Royal. Consistency he may lack but if he shows up, he will be right up there come the end of the race.