Irish Gold Cup Betting Odds Comparison - Leopardstown

07/02/2021 15:40:00

The Irish Gold Cup is a prestigious horse race and probably the biggest on the Irish National Hunt racing calendar, with Delta Work landing a victory in this race in 2020 and it was the first triumph for Gordon Elliott in this race.

Sizing John, Edwulf and Bellshill have also been recent Irish Gold Cup winners and all eyes are now on the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup on 7 February 2021. This is a gruelling encounter run over three miles at Leopardstown and the ground is likely to be testing for the horses that line up in the race.

Minella Indo the Market Leader to Win 2021 Gold Cup

Minella Indo is a talented eight-year-old who is the betting favourite to win the 2021 Gold Cup and there has been plenty of money for the Henry de Bromhead-trained charge who has been backed into 2/1 for this encounter.

The big problem with this horse is that we’re not entirely sure how Minella Indo will have reacted to his fall at Leopardstown on 28 December, with the charge having fallen at the eighth fence in the Savills Chase, although his previous performances were strong ones.

Minella Indo finished second in last year’s RSA Chase to nail his colours to the mast, while there have been a couple of victories this season, with a Grade 3 success at Wexford followed by a Grade 2 win at Navan although these were relatively uncompetitive races.

Kemboy and Melon Next in the Irish Gold Cup Betting

On the face of things, Minella Indo looks worth opposing considering the calibre of the other horses lining up for this renewal of the Irish Gold Cup. Kemboy looks like the horse with the right sort of profile to go close, especially if his jumping is tip-top although the concern is that the runner has failed to win on any of his latest five appearances.

Melon is another Willie Mullins-trained horse that could challenge hard for victory over three miles at Leopardstown, with the runner only losing the Marsh Novices’ Chase by a nose when competing against Samcro at last year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Brian Hayes then gave Melon an excellent spin at betting odds of 22/1 when competing and finishing third in the John Durkan Punchestown Memorial Chase at the beginning of December, while it was another eye-catching third when running into the frame at 25/1 in the Savils Chase.