Take 20/1 Bobs Worth for the Gold Cup

18-03-2013 17-48-09It’s very rare for 3 good value bets to come out of a Gold Cup trial like the Lexus, but Road to Riches looks much smarter than the bookies offering 12s about the Gold Cup – should be half those odds imo.

Surprised too to see 33s available about Sam Winner for the Gold Cup after today – he ran a fine race and jumped superbly bar once.

And to top off the value, those going 20s about Bobs Worth might live to regret it. He’s always been a difficult horse to train, and until the last week or so was a doubtful runner for the Lexus. Wherever the training problems lie, he does not seem to have an obvious defect (to my eye, at least). For example, At Fisher’s Cross has looked very uncomfortable in most of his races over the last two seasons. He has an arthritis problem, and obviously connections do not believe it affects him during races, but it sue as hell looks like he’s in plenty discomfort at times.

Cue Card is another example. Since stopping to nothing in the 2013 King George, he’s been nowhere near the horse he was. He’s another who looks to have something ailing him, and it shows in his racing style. He’s always carried his head a bit high, but he seems to do so even more noticeably since Kempton. I’ve always believed that something ‘went’ that day a year ago, and he’s never recovered from it.

Anyway, I mention those two to draw the comparison with Bobs Worth: he does not race as though something is physically wrong with him, otherwise, I’d avoid him. It would help to know more about the ‘training problems’ Henderson has mentioned, though I doubt he’ll expand on them.

But many seem to have forgotten that Bobs Worth is a triple Festival winner, with a Hennessy and a Lexus also under his girth. Whatever training problems Henderson’s yard faces now, he invariably gets everything right for Cheltenham, and I’ll be taking some of that 20s in anticipation that he’ll get the horse bang on song for the Gold Cup.

Good luck, and a happy 2015.

Joe

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Posted on December 28, 2014, in Cheltenham festival 2015, General and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Joe,

    Hope you are right about Bobs Worth, always been one of my favourite racehorses and I was mortified when he didn’t quicken, like he always had previously, after the last in this year’s Gold Cup.
    The horse ran poorly first time out last season, but then won the Lexus in his second start.
    Might just be that with age he likes to do things in his own time and whilst the ground was heavy today, it was still a fast run race and the horse was never given a chance to get interested as he was held up almost last all the way.
    Personally I thought it was asking a lot of the horse to win this race first time out and was very surprised to see the price contract so much.
    The winner, Road To Riches, did very well to win the race, however, the two he beat are both thorough stayers not known for a turn of foot and Boston Bob in 4th, to me, is just being better prepared for a real assult on the Gold Cup this year.
    Like Bobs Worth he is at his best in the spring and these two, Holywell and of course Silviniaco Conti, who is probably the best he has ever been this season, stand out as the obvious four to me.
    Holywell is probably the biggest threat to Bobs Worth. He is a 20lb’s better than he has shown so far this season come the spring and was wisely taken out of the Lexus, probably due to the ground.
    I have already backed all bar Silviniaco Conti and until the the last named wins at Cheltenham, something that both BW and H have made a habit of doing over the past few seasons, that will continue to be the case.

  2. Nickie Ingram nee Woolf

    I am Jack Woolf’s grandaughter. Do you have any recollections?

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