One point (£10) profit for Orsen on Thursday. But what a day's racing! Some of the best riding performances (both in victory and defeat) I have seen in a single day's racing. And incredible human interest stories too. Pretty much everything Cheltenham is about. Anyway, for Gold Cup Day my pin has landed on the following: Friday 1.30 Sir Erec Head and shoulders above these. Won at Listed level and placed in a Group 2 on the flat; unbeaten in his two runs over hurdles, the last day at Grade 1 level. The banker bet of the week, and good value if you can nick evens. 2.10 Crook’s Peak High class bumper horse and coming along promisingly over hurdles, winner of his last three with more to come. 2.50 Birchdale 2/2 over hurdles, the last day over this course at Grade 2 level. 3.30 Clan Des Obeaux King George winner at Christmas; equalled that form last time at Ascot and more improvement to come. The drying ground is no hindrance (although it will be to Native River, who won’t like it quick). Presenting Percy is the danger. 4.10 Stand Up And Fight/Ucello Conti The benefit of top quality amateur jockeys (in name only) is inestimable and Derek O’Connor and Jamie Codd ride these two very live chances. 4.50 Magic Saint/Not Another Muddle The two most promising horses in the race, and Magic Saint was rated as one of Paul Nicholls’ best chances of the week by the trainer. 5.30 Early Doors Is likely better class than a handicapper, and Joseph sneaked one in earlier in the week with Band Of Outlaws. More of the same here. £10 level stakes; stakes split where more than one selection.