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Lost' in good place

Gold Cup is time to play all the aces and I'm confident of holding off Al Boum Photo





The Gold Cup is the pinnacle of the week and I'm really looking forward to riding LOSTINTRANSLATION (3.30, Cheltenham) this afternoon.

With a P beside his name in the form section maybe people are starting to disregard Lostintranslation but before he pulled up in the King George everything was going according to plan this season.

It was a very impressive start to the season with a win at Carlise and then in the Betfair Chase at Haydock and I wouldn't be losing faith after Kempton.

Personally, I think that Kempton just came a bit too quick for him after the Betfair Chase and that is mainly what I put it down to. I'm happy to put a line through it anyway.

He has had a wind operation since the King George as well and Colin Tizzard has put a tongue tie on him for the first time as well and I don't think any of that will do him any harm.

It's the the Gold Cup so today is the day to play all the aces.


You would have to say that Al Boum Photo remains the horse to beat but I wouldn't be swapping my fella.

Clan Des Obeaux impressed in the King George but hasn't performed around Chelteham and that has to be a worry for him. My lad might just be coming in under the radar a little and that doesn't bother me in the slightest.

Another positive for Lostintranslation is that he has terrific form around the new course at Cheltenham. If the ground is anything near good to soft today... I just can't wait to get my leg over him again.

All my eggs are in today's basket in terms of trying to get a winner on the board but HARRY SENIOR (2.50, Cheltenham) has to have a big chance in the Albert Bartlett.

Hopefully the ground keeps drying out for him. He's stepping up to three miles for the first time which brings him into unknown territory but I think it will suit him.

This is a wide open race and Colin Tizzard has a strong hand in the race with Lieutenant Rocco on the back of his two wins but maybe he'll just lack a bit of experience.

Latest Exhibition has to have an each-way chance for Paul Nolan and he's probably the best of the Irish.

Solo is the likely favourite in the Triumph Hurdle but I was impressed by ALLMANKIND (1.30, Cheltenham) when I was second to him one day at Chepstow.

I was riding a nice horse for Joseph O'Brien that day but Allmankind scooted clear and that just looks to be really strong form.

He is already a winner around the course which is a help for a juvenile.

Joseph probably has the best of the Irish in A Wave Of The Sea but personally I think that the English juveniles are a few steps ahead of the Irish and that will probably play out here.

When I was lucky enough to win the Gold Cup on Sizing John a couple of years ago, the horse that finished second was MINELLA ROCCO (4.10, Cheltenham) and he is back on Gold Cup duty today.

It's the amateur Gold Cup this time as Derek O'Connor rides him in the Foxhunter Chase and that is a pair that should take beating.

Last year's winner is in the race again but Minella Rocco is a classy horse who has got some confidence from dropping back to this type of race.

If he is anything like the horse of old I'd say he'll just be a cut above his rivals here and he has the right man on his back. It probably also speaks volumes that Derek rides him over Stalker Wallace who there also seemed to be some chat about in recent weeks.

Gordon Elliott has enjoyed an incredible week already and there is every chance that he's not finished yet.

CHOOSEN MATE (4.50, Cheltenham) will have a big say in the Grand Annual if the ground dries out. Even if it doesn't, it seems that Gordon's horses are going on any ground this week!

This lad was an impressive winner of a beginners chase at Gowran Park and that form got a boost last Sunday at Naas when the runner-up Cappucimix won impressively.

On that form, Choosen Mate might have somehow managed to get here on the right side of the English handicaper.

I thought the English handicapper was probably a bit hard on my other ride on this card, ELDORADO ALLEN (2.10, Cheltenham).

He still looks to have each way claims though as he's a talented individual. I just thought the handicapper didn't miss him when he was second on his comeback run and then he was third since at Sandown as well.

Any race like this you need a bit of luck in running and hopefully we get that first and foremost and see what happens after that. He has an engine so hopefully he can defy top weight and make it into the frame.

The meeting ends with the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap and Jonjo O'Neill is a positive booking on Joseph O'Brien's FRONT VIEW (5.30, Cheltenham). He could cap off a great week for owner JP McManus and get another Irish trainer on the board for the week.