Greatwood Gold Cup Betting Tips

Betting.org experts give their Greatwood Gold Cup betting tips. Happy Diva is a progressive mare who looks ahead of her mark, so is taken to land the spoils in the 2m 3f Grade 3 feature handicap chase at Newbury on Saturday, 2 March. Master Dee hails from the in-form Fergal O’Brien yard and is 1-1 under Barry Geraghty, so therefore rates the main danger. San Benedeto, meanwhile, has slipped to a handy mark and appeals each-way. Our in-depth 2019 Greatwood Gold Cup betting tips preview below has full details on these horses’ chances.

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13/2
Selection
Happy Dee
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Master Dee
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San Benedeto
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Happy Diva can have last laugh in Greatwood Gold Cup

Happy Diva looks potentially ahead of the assessor and decent value to land the spoils in the feature race at Newbury on Saturday, the 2m 3f Greatwood Gold Cup (14:40). This Kerry Lee trained eight-year-old mare is a really likeable and consistent sort who has won four of her 12 starts over fences – making the frame on five other occasions.

The daughter of King’s Theatre ran very well on seasonal reappearance when a 2 1/4 lengths runner-up to Mister Whitaker in a Listed contest at Carlisle. Happy Diva was the in the process of running a big race next time up in the valuable and ultra-competitive BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham when coming to grief four from home when making headway and yet to be asked a serious question.

She then showed she was none the worse for that tumble when a solid second to Aso at the same venue, before being far from disgraced when a 22-length third of 10 to Cyrname at Ascot. Given that Happy Diva only lost second place close home and the winner has since come out and bolted up in a Grade 1 to become the highest rated chaser in training, it was a fine effort in defeat.

Same mark as Huntingdon win

A much deserved success followed when last seen in action at Huntingdon as she beat Magic Of Light. Happy Diva was four clear jumping the last and then dug deep to score by a length. The runner-up had won her two previous starts, including a Grade 2 at Ascot, to be rated 150 going into the contest.

Given that Happy Diva was receiving just 4lb from Jessica Harrington’s mare it suggests that she is well-weighted off a mark of 142 now switched back to handicap company. Regular rider Richard Patrick also takes off a handy 3lb with his claim, while other pluses are that Happy Diva has proven form on the ground and a 42 per cent strike rate over the trip.

Her run last time out was also arguably a career-best and she looks the type to keep on progressing. So, taking everything into account, there is nothing not to like about the profile of Happy Diva for this and she thus had to be our main selection in these 2019 Greatwood Gold Cup betting tips.

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Master Dee interesting under Geraghty

There are plenty of dangers in a wide-open renewal, and the Fergal O’Brien trained Master Dee is feared most now reunited with Barry Geraghty following wind surgery. The top Irish jockey has only ridden the 10-year-old once before and that resulted in the pair landing a competitive 15-runner Grade 3 handicap chase – like this – at Kempton 12 months ago.

After being held-up well off the pace, Master Dee made stealthy headway on the outside five from home. He was produced to challenge two out, before taking up the running approaching the last and then staying on strongly on the run-in to readily beat Ballykan by 3 3/4 lengths off a mark of 145.

It was a most taking display and Geraghty gave the son of King’s Theatre a peach of a ride. Master Dee has had just one run since and was clearly amiss when pulled-up at Market Rasen back in October, where he was never travelling at any stage and made a series of mistakes.

Claims if wind op has desired effect

That run was too bad to be true, so it’s interesting that Master Dee has since undergone a wind op and been given a break. He has a good record fresh and looks well worth another chance to show that his current rating of 151 is not beyond him, judged on the manner of his aforementioned victory at Kempton.

Master Dee was also ridden by a 10lb claimer at Market Rasen and it looks significant that Geraghty gets the call-up for this assignment. He also has a terrific strike rate of 30 per cent over the obstacles and proven winning form on the forecast ground.

So, if bouncing back, everything looks in place for Master Dee to put in a big performance. That’s why he rates the main danger to Happy Diva and is included among potential punts in our Greatwood Gold Cup betting tips.

Well-weighted San Benedeto a lively outsider

Trainer Paul Nicholls can do little wring at present; so, having fallen in the weights, his San Benedeto looks a lively outsider and appeals most each-way. This eight-year-old progressed at a rate of knots in 2016-17 when rattling up a four-timer over fences.

The last of those successes came in the Grade 1 Maghull Novices Chase at the Aintree Grand National meeting, where he benefited from the fall of stable companion Politologue at the last to get up close home and gamely beat Forest Bihan off by a head off an official rating of 150.

San Benedeto was a far from disgraced on his final start of a long and tough campaign when a 12 1/2 lengths third to the mighty Altior in the Grade 1 Celebration Chase at Sandown. Although he failed to get his head in front last season, the son of Layman was highly tried and posted some solid efforts in defeat.

They included when chasing home Politologue in the Grade 2 Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter and a 3 1/4 lengths second to Altior again in the Celebration Chase. San Benedeto also ran well when third in this season’s running of the Haldon on his second start of the campaign off a rating of 155 and when a seven-length fourth of 11 to Caid Du Lin at Ascot off 152.

He is now able to race off 150 again, and that gives San Benedeto every chance from a handicapping perspective on the pick of his form. So, at the odds on offer, he gets our each-way vote and thus completes these 2019 Greatwood Gold Cup betting tips.

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