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  • on 28.02.2012
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Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Preview & Odds

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the biggest race of the Festival and the showpiece takes place on the final day.

A Grade 1 Chase for horses aged five years and older, the Gold Cup is run over three miles, two and a half furlongs and the runners must also contend with 22 fences if they are to complete jump racings’ most prestigious race.

The Gold Cup has a tremendous history and was first run in 1924. The race was ran on the Old Course until 1959, at which time it switched to the New Course. Piper Champagne became the first sponsor of the race in 1975, before the Tote took over the sponsorship of the event. This year bookmaker Betfred will become the third sponsor of the race.

The most successful Gold Cup winner of all time is Golden Miller; a horse which has won this race on five separate occasions. In 2009, the Paul Nicholls trained Kauto Star became the first horse to regain the Gold Cup crown. Kauto is a fantastic jumper and one of the classiest horses to grace a racecourse in the modern era. He will line up again in 2012 and if the horse replicates his form that lead him to the King George on Boxing Day he will take all the beating.

Last year’s winner, Long Run, will attempt to complete back-to-back victories and will go off as favourite Cheltenham Festival‘s Blue Riband event.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Trends

  • 10 of the last 10 winners had previously won a Grade 1 Chase.
  • 10 of the last 10 winners started in the first three in the betting.
  • 9 of the last 10 winners had won or been placed at a previous Cheltenham Festival.
  • 9 of the last 10 winners were aged between seven and nine years old.
  • 9 of the last 10 winners were rated 166 or higher.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Odds

Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Tips

As the Gold Cup hosts the biggest and best chasers around, previous form is key. You can pretty much rule out any horses rated 165 or lower or those that have yet to win a Grade 1 Chase.

Long Run was impressive when going on to take the Cheltenham Gold Cup title last year and heads the betting to go on and make it a double this time around. Although favourite, we fancy him to go on and do just that.

Kauto Star is without doubt the class horse of the race, and has already beaten Long Run twice this season. Nicholls’ runner is second favourite, but if you are having a bet it would be wise to take an ante-post price as we expect plenty ‘emotional’ money for the horse from the casual punters at the track.

The horse is now 12-years-old however, and whilst it is not an impossibilty, it would be an incredible story should the horse manage to win his third Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2012.

Of those at bigger odds, Synchronised might be worth a second look to complete the placings.

Other Cheltenham Festival Race Previews

Day 1 (Tuesday)

Supreme Novices’ Hurdle »
Arkle Chase »
*Champion Hurdle »

Day 2 (Wednesday)

RSA Chase »
*Queen Mother Champion Chase »

Day 3 (Thursday)

Ryanair Chase »
*Ladbrokes World Hurdle »

Day 4 (Friday)

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