The Paul Nicholls trained Give Me A Copper has been named as one of the best chances the trainer has of having a winner at the Cheltenham Festival this year. And if all goes well, the horse could be heading to the 2019 Grand National afterwards.
The horse is owned by the same group that own Clan Des Obeaux. That includes former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Jeremy Kyle. So the next few weeks for them are going to be incredibly important. If things go their way, they could end up with the winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the winner of the Grand National 2019.
Give Me A Copper is one of the lesser-known names from the Paul Nicholls yard. However he looks set to burst onto the scene this spring. He has a great strike rate so far, winning four of his seven races. He has had his fair share of problems and is very lightly raced for a nine-year-old. So Nicholls will be hoping he gets his patience with the horse rewarded. He has recently said that he thinks a lot of the horse and that he feels he can go on to compete towards the top level.
We have only seen him have three runs over fences, winning just one of those. So alongside being very inexperienced for his visit to Cheltenham, he is also very inexperienced for a trip to Aintree. We don’t see many horses go to the Aintree Grand National with just four chase runs under their belt. As a result, it would take a huge effort for the horse to go there and win the big one. Although, with Nicholls as his trainer, he has one positive on his side – you can never discount a runner of his.
Having said that, if they decide to go for the race then I certainly would not blame them for doing so. The horse has not had the best of careers so far due to issues. And he is nine years old. This is his year for the national while he is still in his prime. You never know what is around the corner in horse racing, and if the horse is fit and weighted well, that is far more important than how much experience he has.
The first task though is Cheltenham. The hustle and bustle of a big field will be a good experience for the horse to have. Whether he wins or not! We will need to see a solid performance though if he is to be really fancied for the national. To date, he has been backed as though he is ready to run well.
Give Me A Copper was generally a double-figure price to win the Ultima Handicap not too long ago and is already down to odds of 6/1 and favourite for the race, with Paddy Power, as punters latch onto this horse that is on the up.