Coral Gold Cup Betting Tips (Formally Ladbrokes Trophy Chase)

Coral Gold Cup Betting Tips (Formally Ladbrokes Trophy Chase)

Our latest seemingly impossibly difficult handicap to decipher is the £250,000 Coral Gold Cup.

This race was known as the Hennessy for many a year and still is by many, a three and a quarter mile handicap chase which attracts some of the best around.

As the Hennessy, the Whitbread Gold Cup and the Ladbrokes Trophy, this event has been won by such stars as Mill House, Arkle, One Man, Denman, Bobs Worth and Native River.

At the top end of the handicap, it can serve as a Cheltenham Gold Cup trial, but beware the well handicapped types at the bottom.

We could have mentioned Joseph O’Brien’s Busselton and Lucinda Russell’s Cheltenham Festival winner Corach Rambler, but on known evidence we reckon these six are the ones to concentrate on:

Main Contenders

Gericault Roque 

David Pipe is in danger of becoming somewhat of a forgotten man by many but he features twice in our shortlist, firstly with Gericault Roque.

Still just a six-year-old, the gelding hasn’t won over fences yet but he’s only been tried six times and has finished runner-up on four occasions.

In fact, he wasn’t second to Corach Rambler in the Ultima at Cheltenham which is rock-solid form, his trainer giving him a warm-up over hurdles earlier this month with Remastered. We have more on that below.

Le Milos 

Dan Skelton makes another shortlist courtesy of Le Milos, a recent heavy ground winner at Bangor.

He’s handicapped well on enough on that evidence and he surely won’t be lacking for stamina, though we note that underfoot conditions are likely to be very different for him.

Further back in his profile he won at Sandown on good to soft, while one of his two hurdle successes was on ground described officially as ‘good’ so he seems versatile enough.

Lord Accord

You can go with the stamina angle, such as with Le Milos who stays on well in heavy ground, or go with proven quicker ground form which is what you’ll find with Lord Accord of Neil Mulholland’s yard.

A consistent but gradually improving type, he was won three times on good ground and was even a find second to Frodon in the Badger Beer last time out on good to firm.

Conditions will be fine for him as he also stays this trip, but quick ground is his niche so if there’s just a bit of juice then some classier types may well go by him.

Oscar Elite

Joe Tizzard’s Oscar Elite is another runner in this race not to have won over fences yet, but he makes the list by virtue of his fine third to Corach Rambler in the Ultima back in March. He had wind surgery after that and is race fit now following a spin around Wetherby over hurdles.

Some may question why he and Gericault Roque are on the list but Corach Rambler isn’t, the answer being that there is now a 6lb weight pull for both horses and in this one’s case, he bled from the nose and might not have been entirely right at Cheltenham.


David Pipe’s second entrant on this list is also the most experienced runner on it, nine-year-old Remastered. He’s only raced seven times over fences, winning on heavy at Wetherby and on soft in a Grade 2 at Ascot.

Last year, he went over hurdles at Aintree, finishing third before going into this race on similar ground to this weekend. Seemingly going nicely in the race, he held every chance when falling four from home.

A year later, he is now 4lbs lower in the handicap. He went three weeks ago to the same Aintree handicap hurdle in which he was outstanding, scoring by four lengths with his team mate Gericault Roque further back.

He is in a much better place going into this renewal, is a Grade 2 winner as a novice and is more or less proven in the conditions. If he could have won last year’s race, he can definitely win this year’s.


The time hasn’t quite come yet to stop casting a more thoughtful eye over all of Paul Nicholls’ entrants. He has been in great form this autumn.

His Threeunderfive is now 4-6 from six over fences, being defeated only on his debut and then when taking on L’Homme Presse and co. at the Cheltenham Festival.

He’s going the right way and the ground shouldn’t be a problem. Every chance.


For place money, it’s hard to pick between Lord Accord, Le Milos and Threeunderfive. All three came out well when we handicapped the race, but the stand out is certainly REMASTERED.

Hopefully no misfortune befalls him this time around, as he looks bang in form, fit and certainly handicapped well enough to get the job done.

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