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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2017

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A real old-fashioned public gamble is threatening to see Denman overtake Kauto Star as favourite for the race, with punters believing that every drop of rain will benefit Denman, as he is considered to be better suited by testing ground. It is just another fascinating element in what is certain to be the most gambled on Gold Cup in history, with Millions riding on the outcome' said Kate Miller of William Hill. The Cheltenham Festival is now the second biggest betting event of the year, beaten only by the Grand National. FREE CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP BETS


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5 Owner details 251U-1

Imperial Commander


10 Nigel Twiston-Davies Paddy Brennan 185
Reigning champion who beat Denman and Kauto Star last year. He has only had one run this season having been laid out all year for this. Paddy Brennan will know exactly how to ride him and though not as good as Kauto Star at his peak he is worthy favourite. Will take a good one to beat him.
6 Owner details 11F-13

Kauto Star


11 Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh 174
Where do we start. Dual Gold Cup winner and the best chaser of his generation. He is 11 years old now and hasn’t looked the horse he was. Well beaten in the King George, a race he has owned in recent years, but connections say he had an infection that day. Sadly it will take a big effort to win this one and his price may be a bit short given his chances.
8 Owner details 113-31

Long Run


8 Nicky Henderson S Waley-Cohen 179
the progressive young horse in the field. Won the King George in very good style at Kempton last time and will be ridden by the owners son. Many punters would rather see a professional jockey take the ride, but there was no problem last time and he showed himself to be a very capable rider. A very strong claim who may serve it up to Imperial Call. Very strong winning chance.
4 Owner details 1U24-3



11 Paul Nicholls Sam Thomas 179
former Gold Cup winner, second to Imperial Commander, the Tank as he is called is now 11 years old. Paul Nicholls though says he has a good chance and this is really his last big chance of regaining the Gold Cup.  Sam Thomas gets on well with Denman who we last saw giving lumps of weight in the Hennessey Gold Cup, finishing a creditable third. I think he has a good chance if fully fit. He is certainly fresh.
7 Owner details 7 P1-3U1



8 Willie Mullins Tony McCoy 162
Ap McCoy takes the ride. Willie Mullins has had a good festival with Hurricane Fly and Quevega winning on Tuesday. Won the Irish Hennessey last time out and has each-way claims here. McCoy rides for his retained owner JP McManus who cruely missed out on seeing Binocular defend his Champion Hurdle title. Realistic place claims.
9 Owner details 41111

Midnight Chase


9 Neil Mulholland Tom Scudamore 163
has the heart of a lion and we may not have yet seen the best of him. Cleary goes well at Cheltenham and at a big price this is many people’s idea of a very good each way bet at a big price. It would be a big win for the stable, a young trainer very much on the up.
11 Owner details 111-P1



8 Noel Meade P Carberry 166
9 wins for 11 starts is a good return. A talented horse who has had a few problems of late but showed he was back to fitness at Leopardstown last time out and with Paul Carberry aboard he is in safe hands. Again a very lively outsider with strong place claims.
12 Owner details 74-322

Tidal Bay


10 Howard Johnson Brian Hughes 166
Former Festival winner who has the talent but may just be a bit below the class required to win the Gold Cup. Northern raider trained by Howard Johnson who certainly knows what it takes to win at the Cheltenham Festival.
13 Owner details 111-18

Wierd Al


8 Ian Williams Jason Maguire 152
difficult to see this one win. Rated 152, though he has won plenty of races he was found wanting when stepped up in class last time in the Hennessey, well beaten by Denman and is on far worse terms today. No chance.
10 Owner details 14/B01

Neptune Collonges


10 Paul Nichols Robert Thornton 168
a great who has some very solid form, including a third behind Denman and Kauto Star in this race. Robert Thornton takes the ride but it has to be said that his big price is a fair representation of his chances and it would take a leap of faith even to back him each way.
1 Owner details 11-4FP

Albertas Run


10 Jonjo O´Neill Richard Johnson 166
won the Ryanair Chase in 2010 under Tony McCoy but has struggled this season to find any sort of form. Richard Johnson takes the ride, with McCoy aboard Kempes but in all honesty it would be difficult to give him a realistic chance. He is a big price though.
3 Owner details 2-1134

China Rock


8 M F Morris Barry Geraghty 159
Mouse Morris trains, an Irish raider who is a lively outsider. An each-way outsider at a big price but he is not guaranteed to get the trip. He is a good jumper but stamina is the worry for China Rock backers.
14 Owner details 211-52

What A Friend


8 Paul Nicholls Daryl Jacob 159
Paul Nicholls trains, certainly the third string, but does have outside claims. Second in the Aon Chase last time he is not out of it, but his price represents his chances.
2 Owner details 42-664



8 Mark Bradstock Mattie Batchelor 146
another outsider who is campaigned in all the big races and talked about fondly by the pundits, given his connections. But from a betting point of view this is one, that on all known form, really has no chance. Would be an upset the size of Norton’s Coin if this one was to win. Rated only 146, the lowest in the field. Shouldn’t be in this field in truth.

The ground could hold the key for the Cheltenham Gold Cup with a band of rain due to reach the course on Friday morning but the forecast suggests we could get as little as 2mls or as much as 10mls. The latter would turn the ground soft, but the former would have little impact.

The Irish have had a wonderful first half of the Festival and the more rain the better for Pandorama whilst fellow Irish raider Kempes would prefer a sounder surface. He was most impressive in the Irish Hennessy on ground considered softer than ideal and in a sub-standard year he is becoming more attractive by the day.

Long Run didn’t jump well enough on his two previous starts at Cheltenham but he was magnificent in the King George and is the one to beat if his jumping holds up... but that is a big if in my opinion.

Of Paul Nicholls’ old warriors and former winners Denman looks the stables’ number one candidate with the trainer reporting he has had a small operation to improve his breathing since finishing third in the Hennessy.

The current Champion Imperial Commander (4.20) is 5 from 6 over fences at the track, goes well fresh and looks the one to beat. He could hardly be described as impressive in his sole start this term at Haydock but his trainer suggested he left a bit to work on that day and he is the benchmark on a course he obviously adores.


Zarkandar looked a juvenile hurdler going places when winning at Kempton on his British debut but the Triumph looks a very difficult puzzle to solve. Grandouet was most impressive at Ascot last time but he has 15L to find with Sam Winner (1.30) on Cheltenham form back in November and the latter has been very well backed in recent days. He is just given the vote.      

The County Hurdle betting was turned upside down with the impressive win of Alarazi in the Imperial Cup on Saturday and he looks the one to beat if he is over Saturday’s exertions. Connections are chasing a 75k bonus but he won’t have things all his own way with Ebor winner Dirar who was given a pipe-opener on the level at Kempton recently a must for any short-list with his stable in cracking form. Ski Sunday (2.05) has been laid out for the race since a facile win at Kempton and in another ultra competitive renewal he is just given the vote.

Back In Focus was visually very impressive when scoring at Haydock from Court In Motion on his first start for Howard Johnson but the ground was barely raceable on that occasion and he is unlikely to be as effective on better ground in the Albert Bartlett. At a bigger price Sybarite (2.40) blundered his way around Kempton last time and could reward each way support if his jumping holds up. He is certainly one to consider when he goes novice chasing next season.

The Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’s Hurdle has yet to be won by David Pipe and he suggested Shoegazer may be the one from the yard when I spoke to him earlier in the week. That said Willie Mullins is reported to be very sweet on the chances of Sir Des Champs (4.40) and he could have be another for the Irish.

If we’re still in trouble by the last we’re probably doomed although I have long had a soft spot for Shoreacres (5.15) who has run well in two previous Festivals and made a successful comeback on ground softer than ideal at Taunton returning from a twelve-month lay off. Keki Buku hasn’t had the best of luck over fences to date and owner Andy Stewart is very sweet on Nomechki. 

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