Don Cossack 50kb

Don 6/4 To Retain Punchestown Gold Cup

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack has been installed as the 6/4 favourite to retain the Bibby Financial Services Punchestown Gold Cup.

Cue Card who got back to winning ways at Aintree having suffered a fall at Cheltenham when going well is next in the betting at 2/1 with Ryanair winner, Vautour who took a crashing fall at Aintree priced at 7/2.

Vautour’s stablemate Valseur Lido is priced at 10/1 with another two Willie Mullins trained runners, Don Poli and Vroum Vroum Mag priced at 12/1.

Djakadam, who finished second in the race last year, is 14/1 to go one better whilst Road To Riches, who finished third in the race last year and was last seen finishing third to Vautour in the Ryanair, is also priced at 14/1.

Don Cossack, Cue Card and Vautour will all have their supporters, but ground conditions on the day will play a key part into who goes off favourite.

If the ground came up good on the day Don Cossack’s current 6/4 is likely to harden further whilst if the ground was on the easy side Cue Card’s price would be sure to shorten and Colin Tizzard’s stable star could go off favourite.

*Prices correct at time of publication.