The Grand Military Gold Cup (Friday 8 March) is limited to amateur riders that are ex-members of the armed forces or are currently serving their country.
The race has a rich history that dates back to 1841 and it is currently run at Sandown over a trip of 3 miles and 37 yards.
Grand Military Gold Cup Trends
The last 10 winners of the Grand Military Gold Cup where aged between seven and 11, with six of those carrying 12-0 to victory, whilst three carried 12-5 and the other 11-12.
Six of the last eight winners had run in the last month but only one of the last 10 winners had won their previous start. None of the last 10 winners had fallen, unseated, or been brought down in the same season.
Nine of the last 10 winners were returned at odds ranging between 7/4 and 9/2 but the other was a 25/1 outsider.
A jockey to note is Mr J Sole who has won two of the last eight renewals.
Grand Military Gold Cup Main Contenders
Carlos Du Fruitier
Well-backed before landing favouritism in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup three weeks ago. The form of his previous two starts has also been well-advertised since, as the winners Glen Forsa and Mister Malarkey are expected to run well in novice races at the Cheltenham Festival. The only trend that is against this seven-year-old is that he won last time out but some of his rivals are rated higher.
Officially rated the joint-highest horse in the race on a mark of 130. However, he’s won off marks as high as 144 and has the potential to be better if coming back to his best, which he could do as his trainer has her horses in excellent form. He’s also won three of his six runs over course and distance and has the services of Mr J Sole in the saddle. He did win last time out but that was a welcome return to form.
This eleven-year-old is also rated 130 but he gets a handy 5lb from the other three horses on that mark. He also only finished second on his last start but he had won his three previous races. However, that second place behind Shantou Flyer was still a useful performance as that rival is a 150+ performer at best and has a decent chance in the Foxhunters at the Cheltenham Festival.
Holly Bush Henry
Rated 142 at the beginning of the season but he is now down to a mark of 130 after six mainly disappointing runs. Could be freshened up by his 46-day break but that is an unusual preparation for this race.
David Pipe’s 11-year-old is a standing dish in these events and he has won three times over course and distance. He was also still in contention when unseating behind Carlos Du Fruitier last time but that failure to complete is not a good stat. He’s also burdened with 12-10 which is more than any of the last 10 winners have carried to victory.
Pete The Feat
Admirable 15-year-old who is older than ideal but he won a big handicap on the Saturday of this meeting last year off a mark of 133. This three-time course winner should be a good ride for his amateur jockey but age may have eventually caught up with him.
Grand Military Gold Cup Summary
The 2019 Grand Military Gold Cup is potentially one of the best editions of this historic race. Pete The Feat, Rathlin Rose, La Reve, and Carlos Du Fruitier are all course winners that fulfil a lot of the trends criteria and any could win if at their best for their amateur jockeys.
However, preference is for Mr Mercurial who has been a model of consistency this season and he gets a handy 5lb off many of his main market rivals. His seven-length beating by the 151-rated Shantou Flyer could also be the best piece of form on offer and he looks a cracking bet.
Grand Military Gold Cup 2019 Free Tip:
Mr Mercurial @ 5.00 WilliamHill, Betway