2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tips – Can Kauto Star challenge Long Run at Festival?

A look at the front runners for Gold Cup 2012 Betting

Cheltenham Festival

2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tips has to start with a look at the great legend that is Kauto Star at the Cheltenham Festival 2012. After falling while schooling, trainer Paul Nicholls announced that the two time Gold Cup winner was only a 50/50 shot to make the race. However, the news has slowly gotten better and better over the last week or so, and on Saturday Kauto Star was declared 100% sound ahead of Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting 2012. So now Kauto Star is up to a 95% chance of running in the Gold Cup and while he is still out at around 4/1 across the board, his main challenger Long Run had drifted out just a little bit. So is there something special to come from Kauto Star. Just imagine the story if he makes the race and wins it for that elusive hat-trick of Gold Cup triumphs? What a headline maker, and that is just the calibre of this horse. The injury came at such a poor time, because a resurgent Kauto Star had just gotten the ascendancy over Long Run, beating the defending Gold Cup champion twice since Cheltenham last year. So does Kauto Star make a good Cheltenham Gold Cup Tip? How about Long Run? Are there any other serious challengers? So if you are wondering Who Will Win the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup then let our tips guide you.

Kauto Star Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tip
So it was all set up for another thrilling rematch, so where does Kauto Star line up in Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips? In the category of you just never know. Nicholls says that the twelve year old is like he was eight years old again and in the prime of his career. The ante post price of Kauto Star still suggests that he is difficult to back with confidence, at least not for another few days. But nonetheless, if he is getting fitter and stronger every day, would lap up that 4/1 price with Bet Victor.

Long Run Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tip
The youngster completely upstaged the powerhouse field of Denman and Kauto Star last season at Prestbury Park, and he is outright favourite to taste glory for a second time. He is such an impressive horse, but the bookies drifted Long Run’s Gold Cup odds a little after an unconvincing run at Newbury where he edged out Gold Cup challenger Burton Port. While it was a win, there was a look that suggested he had sacrificed a little speed for endurance and it wasn’t a totally fluent run. However, with Kauto Star’s injury, the 2012 Cheltenham Festival show-piece may just have been handed to him. Supports of Long Run say that he never really hit top gear at Newbury and that Nicky Henderson’s charge will dominate the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Defintely the one to beat, even if his form has been a bit below par, including those back to back defeats against Kauto Star. Trading at around 2/1 with Bet365 at the moment.

Grands Crus Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tip
Definitely worth a shot as this exiting seven year old can spring a big surprise here. The David Pipe trained Grands Crus has had an impressive season, but hasn’t been out on the track since a Grade I win at Kempton back in December. However, potential is the key word here and while all of the headlines are being grabbed by Kauto Star and Long Run, Grands Crus could easily slip past the both of them and at a general price of 6/1 is worth a flutter. But just bear this in mind, while Grands Crus will take a good shot at the Gold Cup, he is better primed for the RSA Chase.

Burton Port Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tip
After impressing so much after taking a year off from racing, can the Nicky Henderson trained Burton Port make a surprise impact? The indications are that he may just having something to challenge. He was beaten by Long Run at Newbury recently, but jockey Barry Geraghty was not pushing hard at all. Reports from the camp are that he has been phenomenal on the Lambourn gallops and could make a wonderful return at 8/11 with William Hill

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