Cheltenham Gold Cup

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HORSE RACING

This year’s Cheltenham Festival culminates on Friday with the blue riband event – The Gold Cup.

The race always provides the big talking point and my two against the field are Long Run at 5/1 and Kempes at 9/1.

 

Cheltenham Gold Cup

 

 Distance: 3m 2½f
  
 
1   Albertas Run  33/1
Trained by Jonjo O’Neill.Won at last year’s Festival.Don’t discount.
 
2   Carruthers  66/1
Best on soft/heavy ground.30 lengths behind Imperial Commander last year.

3   China Rock  33/1
Trained by Mouse Morris who trained First Lieutenant to win here on Wednesday. Hasn’t won over further than 2 miles 7 furlongs.

4   Denman  11/2
Winner in 2008. Trained by Paul Nicholls.Affectionally known as ‘The Tank’ by his followers.Ran with great credit behind Diamond Harry in the Hennessy.

5   Imperial Commander  7/2
Last year’s winner.Been off following injury. Trainer reports to be back to very best.

6   Kauto Star  5/1
Winner in 2007 and 2009. Attempting to win for a third time at the age of 11.Trained by Paul Nicholls.

7   Kempes  9/1
Trained by Willie Mullins.Won well last time.Needs some improvement to win this but well capable of doing so.

8   Long Run  5/1
Trained by Nicky Henderson.Stormed to victory in the King George.Some concern over whether he acts on this course.

9   Midnight Chase  14/1
Gone from strength to strength, landing three staying handicaps. Still has a lot to find on the form book.

10   Neptune Collonges  25/1
Third in the 2008 Gold Cup.No back number but probably prefers soft/heavy ground.

11   Pandorama  14/1
Won the Lexus Chase in December, then was sidelined by injury. Trainer Noel Meade reports the horse to be fully fit again.Prefers soft ground.
 
12   Tidal Bay  16/1
Good Cheltenham form having won an Arkle and a Cleeve Hurdle in the past.Possible outsider.
 
13   Weird Al  20/1
Another who loves running at Cheltenham.Not out of it.
 
14   What A Friend  33/1
Beaten by Noland in the Aon Chase.Not totally reliable.

14 Runners.

Each-Way:  1/4 odds 1, 2, 3.

Odds supplied by Ladbrokes.