Haldon Gold Cup 2019 Analysis
14:10 at Exeter on 5th November
A first prize of over £40,000 is up for grabs in this Grade 2 Handicap Chase over 2 miles 1 furlong and 109 yards and a small but highly-talented field of six runners are set to go to post.
Interestingly, nine of the last 10 winners were rated between 152 and 157.
Trainer Tom George also has an unbelievable record in the race having trained three of the last five winners, whilst Paul Nicholls has trained three of the last nine winners.
Janika looks to have it all to do off a mark of 162, as he went up 17lb for not winning last season. He also drops in trip, whilst the Nicky Henderson stable isn’t firing on all cylinders and hasn’t won the race since 1996.
Destrier is rated 151, but I’m not sure he deserved a 9lb rise in the weights for finishing third at Aintree last season in what looked a weak edition of the Maghull novices chase. Lalor is also rated 151 and, though he has the potential to be better than that, his stable’s two runners so far this season have been well beaten.
Dolos represents Paul Nicholls but he has done most of his winning in lower grade races and he doesn’t look to have anything in hand off his current mark of 157.
Gods Own is very tempting, as he’s won this race twice before off slightly lower marks and he hails from the very much in-form yard of Tom George. However, at the age of 11, he could just be vulnerable to a younger horse.