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Saturday Racing - Irish Gold Cup

Leopardstown hosts the Irish Gold Cup this Saturday, and with a number of the best staying chasers elsewhere this weekend the field looks open for us to pick out a few great value bets for you.

We have to begin by discussing the favourite, Road To Riches. He's undoubtedly got the best form of any runner here, especially when you look back on his victory in last year's Lexus, defeating On His Own to take it. He followed that up somewhat later with a third place at the Gold Cup, and on his reappearance in November took a nice win. All the word from the stable is that he has continued to improve since, so it's hard to argue against having a little money on him.

Unfortunately, as the favourite, his odds are not that tempting, and the best place we found to back him was StanJames, who are offering a market leading 10/11.

A little further down the running order you can find some much more interesting odds, and we think Foxrock might be one of the longer odds horses worth backing.

He's got a good track record on this course, even though his form looks to be all over the place. Importantly, he was second in the last renewal of this race a year ago, and although that was a weaker race than this one he showed well in the Lexus to finish third and he looks to be a better horse than his price suggests.

You might prefer to back him each way, but the best place to get him is at PaddyPower, who will give you by far the best price we could find at 11/1.

Finally, near the bottom of the listings you'll find Wounded Warrior. His form looks decent, so why is he such a long price? He's a stayer and has never run a bad race as a chaser, even placing twice in Grade 1s as a novice. He's never truly excelled, but a second place finish on his return, when he badly needed the run and the distance probably didn't suit, suggests he might be worth keeping an eye on.

We'd definitely go each way on this one, but the best place to back him is at ToteSport, at a very tempting 20/1.

Sunday Racing - Sedgefield

There are some exciting races lined up at Sedgefield on Sunday afternoon, and we've looked through the card to bring you the best value we could find.

Our first port of call is the 14:45, where Racing Europe and Not A Bother Boy are going head to head for favourite before the off. Cyclop may also be a contender, but his poor jumping last time out left us wary of recommending him, and instead we think it's Racing Europe who will take the day.

Not A Bother Boy has three wins to his credit, and may well have more to give, but Racing Europe bounced back from a disappointing chase debut last October to finish second to a promising rival at Catterick last time out. He too has scope for further progress, and given the improvemet shown so far we reckon he's worth backing here. The best place to pick him up is at ToteSport, who are offering a decent 11/4.

The next race on the card is the 15:15, and Mixboy is leading the runners at the bookies by a long distance.

We're not too excited about backing short odds favourites, though, and we think that Divine Port has been unfairly overlooked. He may be second favourite but his odds are five times greater than Mixboy's, despite evidence that he's a quality horse. He won his first two handicaps on his return after an absence at the end of 2015, and although his last run wasn't so impressive and the drop in trip is a bit of an unknown factor, he's still got a lot in him to merit some attention.

Whatever the credentials of Mixboy, it's Divine Port who is priced longer than we would expect, and we think he's worth backing at 7/1 over at BoyleSports.

Finally, in the last race of the day setting off at 16:20, it's not easy to pick a likely winner from the crowd.

After careful consideration we've gone with Ellistrin Belle, primarily due to two wins over course and distance. A recent win looks good on the form book too, but she does tend to go better when fresh and her last run at Musselburgh was less than impressive.

That said, none of this field have done enough to impress us more, and if jockey Callum Whillans can muster a performance from his steed then there's no reason to think she can't take on this field.

The best place to back her is at Coral, who are offering a very reasonable 9/2.

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