Make More with That
More Of That is the confident pick of Chris Wilson for Saturday's BetVictor Gold Cup. Our man has a tip for every UK race.
More Of That: Taken to strike at Cheltenham, a course he loves
CHELTENHAM: 12.40 East Indies, 1.15 Thistlecrack, 1.50 Cogry, 2.25 MORE OF THAT (NAP), 3.00 Fingal Bay, 3.35 Who Dares Wins, 4.05 Ms Parfois.
LINGFIELD: 11.45 Good Omen, 12.15 Ritasun, 12.50 Gracious John, 1.25 Lunar Deity, 2.00 Grendisar, 2.35 La Fortuna, 3.10 Two In The Pink, 3.45 Rubis.
NAAS: 12.25 Long Way Back, 1.00 Koshari, 1.35 Prince Of Scars, 2.10 Wishmoor, 2.45 Black Ice, 3.20 Tongie, 3.55 Good To Flow.
UTTOXETER: 12.30 Champion Chase, 1.05 Above Board, 1.40 Roll The Dough, 2.15 Matchaway, 2.50 Newtown Lad, 3.25 Goal, 4.00 Benechenko.
WETHERBY: 12.20 La Bague Au Roi, 12.55 Blue Heron, 1.30 Rocklim, 2.05 Wells De Lune, 2.40 Monbeg Charmer, 3.15 Taper Tantrum, 3.50 Doubledisdoubledat.
WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.45 Sliceoflife, 6.15 Gorgeous Noora, 6.45 Andrassy Avenue, 7.15 Golden Eye, 7.45 Hermann, 8.15 Just Isla, 8.45 Jessica Jo, 9.15 Zipedeedodah.
More Of That is an utterly worthy favourite for the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
Trainer Jonjo O'Neill has won the prized handicap twice before with Exotic Dancer and Johns Spirit and once again looks to have a cracking chance.
The JP McManus-owned eight-year-old has had his issues in a truncated career that has only seen him make the racecourse nine times.
But with his breathing difficulties reportedly behind him, this could be the year in which he announces his arrival into the big league of jumps racing.
O'Neill has said More Of That is the best horse he has ever trained, which is some statement given the thoroughbreds that have been stabled at Jackdaws Castle.
His class was perhaps best evidenced at the Cheltenham Festival in 2014, when he claimed the not inconsiderable scalp of Annie Power in the World Hurdle over three miles.
Things have looked decidedly rosy, too, since thoughts turned to chasing.
Two novice chase victories at Cheltenham last year were enough to see him go off as favourite for the RSA Chase at this year's Festival.
But he never looked particularly happy with his lot along the run-in and was found to have broken a blood vessel in the aftermath of his third-placed finish behind Blaklion.
With the recent rainfall having arrived at precisely the right time, the BetVictor Gold Cup, for which he is reasonably weighted with 11st 9lb, is a perfect first port of call for a horse who loves Cheltenham.
Should all go to plan at the weekend, O'Neill and McManus can seriously begin to chart a route back to Prestbury Park for the Gold Cup next March.
It would be folly to leave stablemate Taquin Du Seuil out of any each-way calculations for the big race.
The nine-year-old has never quite lived up to expectations since winning the JLT Novices' Chase at the 2014 Festival, but he is a seriously sharp-shooter on his day.
A lovely return over hurdles at Chepstow last month is expected to have brought him on a bundle with this in mind.
Thistlecrack simply cannot be opposed in the mallardjewellers.com Novices' Chase.
Colin Tizzard's eight-year-old looked an absolute natural on his fencing bow at Chepstow last month and can take within his stride this next small step along the ladder.
He might not represent value in the eyes of many, but Thistlecrack rightly deserves his place at the summit of the Gold Cup betting.
Defeat here is almost unimaginable, such was the carefree fluidity in which he leapt from fence to fence at Chepstow.
Who Dares Wins should be followed in the Martin & Co Jewellers Intermediate Handicap Hurdle.
Alan King's dual-purpose performer was good enough to run in the Triumph Hurdle last season and should be tough enough to handle the burden of top weight.
This will be his first stab over two and three-quarter miles, but the manner in which he stayed on to finish a close fourth in a Grade Three at Chepstow on his return to hurdling has given King plenty to think about.
For those still with a hankering for all things Flat, Lingfield puts on a really good all-weather card.
With seven course wins to his name, Grendisar cannot be far away from having a race named after him at the Surrey circuit.
And though he has been off the track a good while, it is still awfully difficult to leave him out of calculations for the Betway Churchill Stakes.
Lunar Deity will be a bigger price for the sunbets.co.uk Handicap, but he adores Lingfield and could a rattle a few cages for the astute Stuart Williams.
Posted at 1320 GMT on 11/11/16.
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