January 23, 2022

Racing Submit Gold Cup preview: Shadow chasing Cheltenham double

Midnight Shadow is reported to be in high-quality form as he goes for a uncommon double by profitable the Racing Submit Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The Sue Smith-trained eight-year-old overcame a mistake on the closing fence to raise the Paddy Energy Gold Cup by three-quarters of a size from Protektorat, who has since franked the shape with a facile triumph within the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree.

Midnight Shadow has to defy a 7lb rise within the rankings for his victory that won’t make life straightforward in his bid to win a second prestigious handicap chase on the dwelling of soar racing and obtain a feat final achieved by Unique Dancer in 2006.

“He is in good kind to go there and hopefully he’ll run an excellent race,” mentioned Smith.

“It will be marvellous if he might win it however it’s a special race, totally different day. He loves it spherical there so we’re actually hoping for a really large run from him.”

Paul Nicholls is hoping a pair of cheekpieces can provide Lalor an additional increase following a promising effort within the Paddy Energy.

The nine-year-old ran his finest race for a while when third behind Midnight Shadow on what was his first run since his transfer from Kayley Woollacott’s steady.

“He ran a race filled with promise on his debut for us within the Paddy Energy Gold Cup, staying on strongly to complete third simply behind Protektorat, who franked the shape with a powerful win at Aintree on Saturday,” Nicholls informed Betfair.

Coole Cody on his way to victory in last year's Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham

Coole Cody on his technique to victory in final 12 months’s Paddy Energy Gold Cup at Cheltenham

“He hadn’t completed a race for 22 months, so to run like that after a great deal of issues was actually encouraging. He appears to have come on since then and schooled nice on Thursday morning.

“Certainly one of Lalor’s finest runs got here at Cheltenham in cheekpieces on New Yr’s day 2020, so I am placing them on once more to sharpen him up a bit bit as a result of Harry Cobden felt he raced a contact lazily.”

Coole Cody got here down on the second-last when nonetheless going effectively in entrance within the Paddy Energy.

Midnight Shadow ridden by jockey Ryan Mania on their way to winning the Paddy Power Gold Cup

Midnight Shadow ridden by jockey Ryan Mania on their technique to profitable the Paddy Energy Gold Cup

He had received that race final 12 months and his coach Evan Williams is hoping the 10-year-old can bounce again.

“He ran an excellent race final time, a smashing race. It is at all times troublesome if you’ve had a fall to come back again to a different large race, however he is a troublesome previous real boy and it is fingers crossed he’ll go effectively once more,” mentioned Williams.

“There is a large distinction within the two programs at Cheltenham. And there’s no doubt his finest kind is on the opposite monitor. It is a large pot so let’s give it a go.”


Lalor returns to Cheltenham on Saturday

Alan King feels Deyrann De Carjac has come on for his comeback after 5 months off when when not disgraced in ninth place within the Paddy Energy.

“He was solely crushed 9 lengths within the Paddy Energy Gold Cup on the November assembly, a race which could have sharpened him up,” the Barbury Citadel coach informed www.alankingracing.co.uk.

“Deyrann de Carjac was staying on all the way in which up the run-in, having been compelled to go flat to the boards from the off. He jumped effectively, having been wanting match observe, and I feel he’ll construct on that run with a race behind him.”

Fergal O’Brien want to see some rain fall forward of the race to spice up Silver Hallmark’s prospects. The seven-year-old formed effectively on his first begin for 9 months when fourth to Fiddlerontheroof at Carlisle six weeks in the past.

“Hopefully we’ll get a bit extra rain and it is fingers crossed. He simply wants a bit extra rain and a little bit of luck and all the remainder of it,” mentioned O’Brien.

“It turned out a pleasant race at Carlisle. If we get the rain, we would be hopeful of an excellent run.”