Talking Horses: Midnight Shadow can put Protektorat in Cheltenham shade

By: Greg Wood at Cheltenham Saturday 13 November 202

Grade One winner Protektorat is the class act in the Paddy Power Gold Cup field but this is always a tough race to call

Protektorat, a Grade One-winning novice at Aintree in April, is the class act in the field for the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday, a contest that is as competitive – and bewildering – as ever.

Dan Skelton’s chaser also has winning form over Saturday’s course and distance but it is still a tall task to give weight to 18 opponents, including the first, second and third from 12 months ago. Several promising second-season chasers also lurk towards the bottom of the weights.

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