The Cheltenham Gold Cup looks to be a cracker as Bobs Worth, Sir Des Champs, Long Run & Silviniaco Conti head the latest betting.
One thing you can guarantee from the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup renewal is that it’s going to be cracker as we bring you the latest Cheltenham Gold Cup odds.
Despite there being no Kauto Star, no Denman, or no defending champion Synchronised, the new generation of chasers are of an unbelievable talent and a top-class winner will be crowned come March.
The ante-post market is headed by Bobs Worth at 3/1 but there are seven or eight horses that could realistically challenge last year’s RSA Chase winner.
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Among the market leaders at this stage is the 2011 Gold Cup winner Long Run. He failed to fire in 2012 as he could only finish third behind Synchronised, but he seems to have regained some of his old spark this season after some gutsy showings on heavy ground in some prestigious Grade One races.
Nicky Henderson’s gallant chaser ran out a gutsy winner of the William Hill King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, therefore showing that he still has a part to play in the 2013 Cheltenham showpiece.
Long Run is now joint top-rated with Silviniaco Conti, who beat the eight-year-old in the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park in November.
Long Run is a solid 7/1 shot in the market whilst the Paul Nicholls’ trained Silviniaco Conti, who will probably turn up at the Gold Cup having not run in 2013, is also a 7/1 shot with a number of firms including Bet365 and BetVictor.
Four of the last 11 winners of the Lexus Chase have gone on to win the Gold Cup, including last year’s winner Synchronised.
The Gold Cup picture usually becomes clearer over the Christmas period but following an extraordinarily close renewal of the Lexus Chase in Ireland, the opposite has occurred.
Both Tidal Bay and First Lieutenant announced themselves as Gold Cup contenders after their respective first and second places in the Lexus whilst the third and fourth, Flemenstar and Sir Des Champs, were only half a length behind the front two.
It was an extraordinary finish but the faith within punting circles seems to be with Sir Des Champs despite Tidal Bay’s miraculous win.
Willie Mullins’ charge didn’t appreciate the style of race the John Durkan Chase on his reappearance, where he was beat by Flemenstar, as the race turned into as there was no pace from the front as Flemenstar had too many gears for Sir Des Champs in the final four furlongs.
The same could be said in the Lexus Chase too, however there is a feeling his jumping let him down more than anything in that regards. In a race like the Gold Cup where the pace will be very fast from the off and therefore the emphasis will be more on stamina.
This should suit Sir Des Champs more that speedier horses and if he jumps somewhere near his best the 6/1 on offer from Ladbrokes could be a huge price come the start of the race. Mullins could be about to register his first Gold Cup winner.