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2021 Gold Cup Novice Chase Tips - 12/1 shot overlooked in Fairyhouse betting
- We've published our guide to the 2021 Gold Cup Novice Chase
- This Grade One takes place at Fairyhouse on Sunday 4th April
- Energumene is the 4/5 favourite
- Janidil is our best each-way bet at 12/1
Fairyhouse races. (Getty)
Day two of Fairyhouse's Irish Grand National meeting is headlined by two Grade Ones. The second of those is the Gold Cup Novice Chase, which has been won by greats like Al Boum Photo, Dorans Pride and the legendary Arkle, who won this during his first season over fences in 1963.
We've taken a look through the ante-post betting and picked out our top tips.
2021 Gold Cup Novice Chase Odds
*Odds taken from William Hill on 31/3/21*
2021 Gold Cup Novice Chase Tips
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There's no doubting that Energumene is the best horse in this race, and he certainly deserves to be odds-on. However, at that price, I think it's worth taking him on.
Willie Mullins' star missed Cheltenham after picking up an injury, so there's a chance he might not be firing on all cylinders. His best performances have come over two miles on deep ground, so stepping back up in distance, on the quickest ground Energumene has ever faced, could cause the favourite a few problems.
Latest Exhibition looks like the obvious alternative, but Paul Nolan's more likely to throw his stable star into the Irish Grand National. Andy Dufresne clearly has plenty of talent, but he's shown a tendency to jump out to his left over fences, and that could be a big problem switching to a tight, right-handed track like Fairyhouse.
Conflated will have to pick up his game considerably to get involved. Franco De Port's staying ability has to be questioned. Asterion Forlonge will be much more comfortable going right-handed, but he doesn't seem to finish off his races that well, and could get caught out for pace on quick ground over this distance.
The one I fancy backing each-way is JANIDIL, who still seemed to be traveling well at the time of his fall behind Monkfish at the Dublin Racing Festival.
Janidil looked a real prospect on his chasing debut at Naas, seeing off no fewer than five future winners - including Cedarwood Road and January Jets, who could both reoppose - without breaking a sweat.
Mullins then threw his mount into the Grade One at Limerick over Christmas, and Mark Walsh's mount moved up to challenge Colreevy and Pencilfuloflead turning in. However, the bottomless ground soon caught up with Janidil, and he produced two tired leaps at the final couple of flights.
Mullins' seven-year-old ran up a hat-trick of victories in handicap hurdles last season. Two of those outings came on decent ground, with his most impressive win coming here at Fairyhouse. Janidil quicked clear of some decent horses in eye-catching fashion over 19-furlongs at Naas, and that turn-of-foot will come in handy at Fairyhouse this weekend.