TEMPLEGATE tackles Saturday’s big Coral Gold Cup confident of finding the winner.
Here he goes through every runner, rating them out of five stars, and reveals his tip at the bottom.
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Coral Gold Cup runners and riders guide
FANION D’ESTRUVAL 2
Jockey: Miss Lucy Turner
NOT a Fan. Decent form at 2m4f and went well in Grade 1s last season. Must give weight away all round and longer trip is a worry.
Jockey: Brendan Powell
ROOF on high. Cracking second in this 12 months ago from 5lb lower. Stays as his Grand National fifth shows and warmed up over hurdles 19 days ago. Right in the hunt.
Jockey: Adrian Heskin
UNDER orders. Grade 2 winner and fit from a hurdles run at Wetherby. Capable of better so his big weight isn’t an issue and cheekpieces may help. Big chance for Paul Nicholls.
Jockey: Freddie Gingell
LOST his way. Grade 1 winner at best but has become more miss than hit. Down weights but isn’t one to rely on.
Jockey: J J Slevin
BUSSEL along. Distant second in the Golden Miller last season before a big handicap run at Punchestown. Returned with lucky win at Listowel where he stayed 3m. Needs more from 7lb higher but not out of it.
Jockey: Tom Cannon
POT and colt. His form seems on the slide and he was beaten a long way out in the Badger Beer last time.
CORACH RAMBLER 3
Jockey: Derek Fox
RAMBLE on. Won the Ultima at Cheltenham and needed his comeback at Carlisle. Up the weights but stays and few miles on the clock. Shortlisted.
LE MILOS 4
Jockey: Harry Skelton
EXTRA Milos. Did well last season and returned with easy win at Bangor on debut for the Skeltons. Has just a 4lb penalty and can improve with that under his belt.
Jockey: David Noonan
MASTER plan. Fell four out in this last year when tanking along and is back from 4lb lower. Smooth hurdles win at Aintree last time and he won’t be far away.
OUR POWER 4
Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies
POWER surge. Improved to win at Ascot on comeback when he stayed 3m strongly. A 5lb higher mark looks fair and Sam Thomas is still in good form. Contender.
GERICAULT ROQUE 5
Jockey: Tom Scudamore
GERI can. Ran a cracker when second in the Ultima last season after being in a battle from a long way out. Only 1lb higher and is fit from a hurdles spin around Aintree. Yard in form and ran well over course and distance last season.
OSCAR ELITE 3
Jockey: Harry Cobden
OSCAR nominated. Yet to win a chase but was a good third in the Ultima and needed his comeback over hurdles at Wetherby. Fair weight so each-way shout.
Jockey: Adam Wedge
SORRY Sam. Stays and only 3lb higher than last chase win but looked out of sorts at Ascot last time.
LORD ACCORD 3
Jockey: Richie McLernon
GOOD Lord. Good second to Frodon in Badger Beers and stays. Off same mark so place claims in this tougher race.
RED HAPPY 1
Jockey: Philip Armson
NOT Happy. Refused two out in the Sussex National last time and needs more on this hike in grade.
DIABLO DE ROUHET 1
Jockey: Jack Tudor
DIAB-NO. Has had training problems and hasn’t shown enough to figure at this level.
ROQUE on for a Coral Gold Cup win.
GERICAULT ROCQUE ran a belter at the Cheltenham Festival and has much more to come this season. He’s fit from a hurdles run and looks ahead of the handicapper.
Threeunderthrufive is on the upgrade and looks a threat for Paul Nicholls, while Le Milos was a big improver on debut for the Skeltons last time.
Our Power stayed strongly at Ascot and is another who looks unexposed at this level.