Cheltenham: Attaglance one to watch for Jefferson
2.00: CASPIAN CAVIAR GOLD CUP (A Handicap Chase) (Grade 3) (2m5f)
The renamed feature race on another cracking days racing at Cheltenham. A few of these met in the Paddy Power Gold Cup last time where, of course, Caid Du Berlais just came out on top under a barnstorming ride from Sam Twiston-Davies. He will once again prove to be the one to beat but the style in which he has to be ridden doesn’t always work out and I wouldn’t be steaming in at the prices.
It is hard to see Edgardo Sol, Easter Meteor or Ericht reversing the form from the Paddy Power, although the latter was a little unlucky having blundered the second last and having found himself short of room at the final fence. His record around this track beforehand is impressive and he should be in the shake up.
At the opposite end of the weights, Barakilla could prove to be a big danger for the in form Evan Williams and Paul Moloney. The 7yo bettered No Buts at Sandown on his reappearance and finds himself 10lbs better off at the weights with that rival today. He also receives just under a stone from Caid Du Berlais which puts him in with a great chance.
The one I am willing to have an e/w go on, however, is Malcolm Jefferson’s Attaglance. The former Festival winner absolutely loves it around here and should be in prime condition today after his fine reappearance run at Market Rasen in Listed company. He may be a little high in the weights still but, if he is on top of his game, he can go a whole lot better than his ninth placed finish twelve months ago.
Recent impressive Ascot winner Niceonefrankie is an interesting runner for Venetia Williams, while the talented Splash Of Ginge is also worth considering at a big price, although the handicapper seems to have him in his grasp at the minute.
Kevin Walsh / Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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