Young jockey Freddie Gingell, riding high after his recent Grade Two victory aboard Elixir De Nutz at Exeter’s Betway Haldon Gold Cup, is poised for another big moment in the saddle.
He eyes the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham this Saturday (November 18th) aboard Il Ridoto, expressing confidence in the six-year-old gelding’s potential to secure another significant win.
Despite finishing fourth in last year’s race, Il Ridoto, trained by Paul Nicholls, remains a hopeful contender among the 17 runners competing in the £160,000 two and a half mile contest. With promising performances in recent outings at Cheltenham, including a victory on Festival Trials Day, Gingell remains optimistic about the horse’s capabilities over conventional fences.
Gingell expressed his excitement about the opportunity to ride Il Ridoto, emphasizing the horse’s reliability and suitability for the Cheltenham course. With experience and confidence gained from recent victories, Gingell anticipates a strong performance from Il Ridoto, especially with his lower handicap and the added benefit of Gingell’s claim.
Acknowledging the significance of the Paddy Power Gold Cup and the trust placed in him by the owners and Nicholls, Gingell eagerly aims to repay their faith with a rewarding performance.
The odds from sponsor Paddy Power position Il Ridoto at 12-1 for a potential victory this Saturday. Following his recent success aboard Elixir De Nutz, Gingell expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support received and the realization of his achievements, signaling a positive start to the season.
Despite personal challenges, including the loss of his mother and recent triumphs, Gingell feels a sense of progress, especially after passing his driving test. He credits his family’s support, particularly his father, for enabling his racing journey and expresses enthusiasm for the upcoming challenge, hoping to secure another significant win for trainer Paul Nicholls.