Dec 30, 2015 -- 5:09PM, CVByrne wrote:
Harry I think people might be over rating Don Poli. His last 3 wins were OK but not beating top class grade 1 horses tbf. I accept his style of racing would really only show his depth of talent in a Gold Cup. He's unexposed and Mullins patchy Christmas record always has to be kept in mind. As for Smad Place. I just thought it was a crazy idea the horse could run into the 170s and improve astronomical amounts based off a wind op. Cue Card has run a few lbs above his career best to win the King George. I've made some absolutely ridiculous calls before that with the benefit of hindsight were easy to see as folly. It's a tough game to call right after all. Back to the Gold Cup. I think the two to beat are Djakdam and Road to Riches. Cue Card Vautour form comes next with Poli in 3rd.
You seem to have airbrushed Don Cossack handing out sound beatings to both Djakadam and RTR at Punchestown on spring ground last year. For me that is the single best piece of form yet you have mentioned 5 other principals and discarded Don Cossack. It's oopen for debate but I also believe that Don Cosack was coming to win the King George if he had stood up and that would have put a slightly different complexion on the GC picture. The caveat with this horse is his Cheltenham record but personally I can't have either Don Poli (too slow) or Cue Card as potential GC winners. Road to Riches I believe is always likely to find one to good but I think he will be in the frame. Vautour is still full of possibilities if he actually lines up imo and Djakadam is probably a worthy favourite at this stage although he still has it to prove at the very top. It's an intriguing race at this stage but I see Djakadam shortening if he wins comfortably NTO and Vautour is re-directed to the Ryanair. The rest don't appeal from a betting perspective as they are all short enough considering we are still 11 weeks from GC day.