For many, this is one of the best bets of the entire week, a top-notch horse on the flat he was less than three lengths behind Stradivarius on Champions Day. He’s taken well to hurdles, looking a class above his rivals here.
Class act was thought of as a Champion Hurdle contender earlier in his career, eighth in that race last season. Deep ground suits, he’s had a recent wind op to help his breathing and he represents a yard who have won this twice in the last three years.
Dour stayer has all the hallmarks required of the winner of this race. The further he went, the stronger he looked when winning at the Dublin Festival. He bolted up the only time he has been seen on soft ground, this should be ideal.
Impressive winner at Leopardstown over Christmas, he has improved hugely this season. A sound jumper with a high cruising speed, there should be more yet to come, he can give Willie Mullins a well deserved first Gold Cup success.
A revelation since joining his current yard, unbeaten in seven starts. A relentless galloper and strong stayer, he has an excellent jockey booking in this amateur contest.
Younger and less exposed chasers have a solid record in this down the years and conditions look perfect for Henry de Bromhead’s charge. He hinted he was capable of better in his first handicap and now given more suitable conditions, he can prove it.