2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tips PT 2- By A.J. Ryder on February 8, 2016 20:39 GMT
Don Cossack runs for Gordon Elliott’s yard and he comes in off a relatively solid performance against an up-and-down group in a Grade 2 contest at Thurles. He was sent off as the betting favourite when he ran in the King George but it was a disastrous day for punters backing the favourite as he fell two from home when it mattered most.
He was third in the Ryanair Chase last year at the festival and fell in the RSA Chase back in 2014. He’s really just not had a lot of luck at Cheltenham but many think he’s good enough to turn that around this time and kick on for another victory.
Djakadam was a strong favourite recently when running in the Cotswolds Chase at Cheltenham but made an unfortunate mistake and fell on the 10th jump despite being sent off at a 5/6 margin. Prior to that he took a Grade 1 at Punchestown for his seasonal debut. He is most notable for finishing a very good second to Coneygree in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last year when the pair dueled on the way home and he ultimately wasn’t able to muster up another gear on the run-in.
It remains to be seen whether Djakadam will be able to conjure up that Cheltenham Gold Cup performance when he has another run at things here once again. You can expect him to kick on and perform nicely here but you assume that the punters might be telling the tale when you watch how the market moves during the build-up to the race itself.
There are plenty of other interesting possibilities for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and we will be covering those as they develop over the coming weeks in the build up to the festival.