Coral Cup second-favourite Good Risk At All “could be one of the best handicapped horses in training”.
That’s the view of Betfred TV’s Matt Hulmes, whose opinion was shared by fellow panellists Joel Ross and Paul Rickerby during the final episode of The Road To Cheltenham before the Festival gets underway on Tuesday.
“He ticks every box,” said Ross, a radio DJ and lifelong racing fan – while Betfred TV presenter Paul Rickerby thinks he’s an “each-way shot to nothing” who he “cannot see out of the top three”.
Elsewhere in the handicaps, the lads were sweet on Langer Dan for the Skeltons in the Martin Pipe. They all agreed that after “bumping into one” in Galopin Des Champs last year, connections will be determined to go one better this time round.
As for the Supreme, Rickerby labelled it “one of the best renewals of the Supreme I’ve seen”. He’s a Constitution Hill fan, and controversially isn’t keen on Sir Gerhard as he thinks his jumping won’t hold up in race of this quality.
Such is the wide-open nature of the Festival curtain-raiser, all three of our panellists had a different idea of the winner.
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Gordon Elliott’s Galvin was noted as one of our big market movers in recent days and is now 7/2 joint-favourite for the Gold Cup alongside last year’s runner-up A Plus Tard.
Ross, who thinks the latter should have won the Savills Chase with a different ride, and Rickerby, who thinks Henry De Bromhead’s horse has an extra “touch of class” are both A Plus Tard fans for the Blue Riband – while Hulmes sides with the well-backed Galvin.
As for the final addition to the lads’ charity bets list, both opted for ones at big prices in the Champion Bumper.
Hulmes put up Rosy Redrum each-way at 25/1, while Ross opted for 33/1 shot Joyeux Machin – also each-way.
Finally, the panel were asked to put up a NAP, lay and each-way bet of the meeting. Watch the full episode below to find out who!
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