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Friday 16th March 2018

Cooper 2/1 to ride Sizing John in Cheltenham Gold Cup

Jockey is set to be Potts’ first-choice rider

Sizing John
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Sizing John

October 10 News has emerged that Alan Potts will make Bryan Cooper his first-choice rider in Britain.

That’s seen the jockey’s odds of riding 2017 hero Sizing John in this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup priced up at just 2/1. While the gelding’s usual rider Robbie Power will still ride Sizing John in Ireland, it’s Cooper who’ll get the leg up when the star chaser runs in Britain.

On that note, Ladbrokes' trading team make it a 33/1 shot that Cooper rides a Grand National winner for Potts. With the powerful owner boasting some impressive horses, that could well prove a popular bet.

However, it seems very likely that the 25-year-old will chalk up quite a few wins on Potts’ runners.

Ladbrokes' odds-crunchers make it 3/1 for Cooper to ride three or more UK winners for Potts.

With the owners having an enviable string to call upon, those odds could well tumble in the coming weeks.

As for Sizing John, he’s a 6/1 shot to win the Gold Cup for the second year in succession.

Ladbrokes Latest Betting:

Bryan Cooper 2017-18 Season specials

To Ride Sizing John in the Cheltenham Gold Cup – 2/1

To Ride 20 or more winners in the UK for Alan Potts – 3/1

To Ride the Grand National winner for Alan Potts – 33/1

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase 2017
£575,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 2f 70y, Class 1
13 ran
Going: Good

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Sizing John 7/1 R M Power
11-10
Mrs J Harrington 7
2nd Minella Rocco (IRE) 18/1 N D Fehily
11-10
Jonjo O'Neill 7
3rd s.h Native River (IRE) 7/2 R Johnson
11-10
C L Tizzard 7
4th ½ Djakadam (FR) 3/1f R Walsh
11-10
W P Mullins 8
5th 3 Saphir Du Rheu (FR) 33/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
11-10
P F Nicholls 8
6th More Of That (IRE) 14/1 Aidan Coleman
11-10
Jonjo O'Neill 9
7th 10 Bristol De Mai (FR) 16/1 D A Jacob
11-10
N A Twiston-Davies 6
8th 7 Smad Place (FR) 50/1 Wayne Hutchinson
11-10
A King 10
9th nk Champagne West (IRE) 14/1 D J Mullins
11-10
H de Bromhead 9
10th 24 Outlander (IRE) 10/1 B J Cooper
11-10
G Elliott 9
PU Irish Cavalier (IRE) 66/1 P Townend
11-10
Miss R Curtis 8
F Cue Card 9/2 P J Brennan
11-10
C L Tizzard 11
UR Tea For Two 40/1 Lizzie Kelly
11-10
Nick Williams 8
NR Empire Of Dirt (IRE) 10/1 J W Kennedy
11-10
G Elliott 10