One of the most prestigious handicaps of the Jumps season takes place at Newbury on Saturday. The Coral Gold Cup has a prize pot of £250,000, a significant pool befitting the race’s status. Historically it has been a good race for second season chasers with aspirations of going on to compete in the top staying races. Although there are few potential runners who fit that profile, Liam Bramall has landed on a 33-1 veteran who might outrun his price. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.
Lostintranslation (33-1, bet365) lost his way a bit last season. He started off in the best possible way, winning a Grade 2 at Ascot by four lengths. After this however, things didn’t go to plan. His best effort came in handicap company at Cheltenham, when finishing eighth in the Ultima. That effort came off a mark of 155 and his rating has sunk a further 5lb since then. Highly promising conditional, Freddie Gingell is set to take the ride and lessen the burden by 7lb.
Joe Tizzard’s gelding has some excellent form to his name, starting in his novice days. He comfortably toppled Cheltenham scorer Topofthegame at Aintree by six lengths on soft ground. This was just the start however as his form would go to the next level in the following campaign. Lostintranslation beat Haydock specialist Bristol De Mai in the Betfair Chase, with Frodon 25 lengths behind them.
Obviously this requires a huge leap of faith as you could be forgiven for writing this horse off. I for one am willing to give him just one more chance to show us the classy horse of the past. It’s very difficult to ignore the fact that this former Betfair Chase winner will effectively be running in a handicap off a mark in the 140s.
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