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Il Ridoto can strike in competitive Paddy Power Gold Cup


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The 5lb claim of the tip’s jockey may make all the difference in the first major betting race of the jumps season at Cheltenham

Two Grade One novice chase winners at the Festival meeting in March top both the weights and the betting for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday, and there is every chance too that The Real Whacker and Stage Star will take each other on at the head of the field from an early stage.

Both chasers made most of the running on the way to victory in the Brown Advisory and Turners Novice Chases respectively, and they are clearly the class acts in Saturday’s field. Whether they will be able to dominate, and concede weight to, a host of seasoned specialists over track and trip is another question, however, and there are plenty of strong each-way alternatives at double-figure prices.

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