Paddy Power Gold Cup: main contenders, odds and verdict for the Cheltenham feature

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Punters rejoice as we have a superb card at Cheltenham Racecourse to look forward to on Saturday afternoon, and the feature race of the day is of course the Paddy Power Gold Cup. A few top class chasers will be on show, including last season’s Festival winners The Real Whacker and Stage Star, with many others vying to lower their colours. Check out our ITV Racing tips for the day on the website, and remember, please always only bet what you can afford to lose.

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Let’s take a look at the main contenders for the 2023 Paddy Power Gold Cup.


A gutsy seven-year-old, trained by the underrated Patrick Neville and will once again be ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies. Despite a tendency to struggle fresh, this powerhouse remains unbeaten over fences and he will try to make all. This trip should be ideal for him and it could take a good horse to pass him.


This seven-year-old dazzled last season, clinching a win at the Festival. Although stumbling at Aintree, he has been saved for this by Paul Nicholls and he has a real bit of class about him on a going day. Dangerous to rule out.


Laura Morgan’s runner nearly caused a huge upset in the Turners last season when second to Stage Star at a huge price. He ran well over an inadequate two miles here on his return to action, which was probably a prep for this. Big player.


Paul Nicholls’ six-year-old has been well supported for this race all week interestingly. Sixth in the Plate here in March, he could be well enough treated to make his presence felt.


THE REAL WHACKER looks like a top class chaser in the making this season. Despite the daunting weight he carries upon his comeback, it wouldn’t be astonishing if he overcomes it, aiming for a flawless four out of four over the Cheltenham fences. Among the other contenders, Stage Star, a previous Festival winner too, could give him the most to think about.

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