We are going to get the much anticipated showdown in the Cheltenham Gold Cup as expected. We are going to see Kauto Star take on Long Run again. Long Run of course is the defending Gold Cup champion, after demolishing a star studded field last year, but has since suffered back to back defeats to Kauto Star, who found a new lease of life. The build up to the Cheltenham Gold Cup was all about Kauto Star’s injury during schooling, which left the legend at being nothing more than a 50/50 shot to actually make the race. But he is there, the stable sounds pretty confident, and the bookies have subsequently drawn his odds on winning the Gold Cup back in. Kauto Star had drifted out to 4/1 as we waited to see if he was going to run, but he has been pulled back in a little to around 7/2 across the board. Outright favourite Long Run has just about stayed his ground at 2/1, and he is not shorter because he hasn’t been showing terrific form in his last few outings.
Another challenger in the field which is getting overlooked quite a bit because of the Long Run v Kauto Star rivalry in 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting, is Burton Port. Burton Port is a serious danger to both of the two main contenders, and has the ability to show up and steal all the limelight. Trading back at 7/1 behind the big two, there is a quiet feeling that he may just fly in under the radar and upset the card. So a fascinating Gold Cup in prospect on Friday at 3.20pm from Prestbury Park. The big question is, can Kauto Star bounce back from his injury and win the Gold Cup for the third time?
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2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds at Bet Victor
Long Run 15/8, Kauto Star 7/2, Burton Port 7/1, Midnight Chase 11/10, Synchronised 10/1