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.