Newbury is set to host the Coral Gold Cup this Saturday, along with some other highly competitive jumps action. Our resident expert Templegate is here to preview the card and select his Placepot picks. The Tote Placepot requires players to pick a horse to place in the first six races at any UK, Irish, or selected international meeting. Let's dive into Templegate's selections and see if we can land a share of the enormous pot!
Leg 1: Belle Of Annandale, Isabella Bee
Belle Of Annandale had an impressive victory on her return to hurdles at Musselburgh. She has plenty in hand and looks like a strong contender. Isabella Bee, with three wins on the spin at Taunton, seems ready for this step up in class.
Leg 2: Nassalam
Nassalam put in a brilliant performance when finishing fourth in the Grand Sefton over the big Aintree fences. Expect another strong showing from this talented horse.
Leg 3: Masaccio, Jingko Blue
Masaccio showed great determination in his recent victory at Chepstow and could improve further. Jingko Blue displayed promise with a second-place finish at Warwick and has the potential for more success.
Leg 4: Jet Powered, Irish Hill
Jet Powered had a solid start for trainer Nicky Henderson and is likely to perform much better than his previous outing. Irish Hill, only 1lb higher than his Ascot victory in February, should be considered as a strong contender after a satisfactory comeback at Kempton.
Leg 5: Under Control, Hansard
Under Control performs well when fresh and has had a wind operation ahead of this comeback. Hansard caught the eye with a second-place finish at Wincanton last month and his handicap debut here could prove successful, especially with his talented rider Niall Houlihan.
Leg 6: Monbeg Genius, Complete Unknown
Monbeg Genius has shown potential for improvement and was going well before a mistake on his recent comeback. Complete Unknown, trained by Paul Nicholls, has impressive form on heavy ground and is expected to handle these quicker conditions well.
With Templegate's expert analysis and these carefully selected picks, we are ready to tackle the Tote Placepot at Newbury's Coral Gold Cup Day. Remember to gamble responsibly and enjoy the excitement of the races!