This column will today be minimal on craic and shagging anecdotes. It's a bit grim around the course today.
For the Gold Cup, Silviniaco Conti is look decent. Remember when he hammered Long Run in the Betfair Chase at Haydock at the start of the season after his Charlie Hall Chase win at Wetherby? Nicholls is very confident in his ability to turn it on today. Worth a punt.
My nap of the week is in the Triumph Hurdle with Our Conor. The Irish 4 Year Olds are miles ahead of the English ones this year and his form was given a huge boost when Flaxen Flare won the Fred Winter on Wednesday. He destroyed all and sundry at Leopardstown It's been 2002 since an Irish won the race. Something's got to give.
There's more pony advice over on OffTheBridle. Also the Ladbrokes lads expressed their thoughts on the Gold Cup too.