Protektorat (Gold Cup)
Protektorat was beaten by a fair distance at odds of 5/4 in the Cotswold Chase in January, though trainer Dan Skelton has insisted that his stable star was not fully fit that day. Nonetheless, despite his bullish hopes, the eight-year-old is a 14/1 shot for the Gold Cup on Friday.
Protektorat will likely need to record a career best to win on the day, with Galopin Des Champs a strong favourite in the race. Though Skelton has insisted to the Racing Post: “He is one who will stay on the day and that will give us a big chance on the day. That is one of the bigger weapons in our arsenal – we are confirmed to like the track and trip.
“I think he’s being overlooked because his trainer didn’t get him as fit as he could have (on Trials day). I would love to prove them wrong. He was third in it last year when he was only half the horse he is now.”
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