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2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tips


Things are definitely heating up in the ante post markets as the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup picture has become much clearer in recent weeks. Long Run remains the outright betting favourite for this widely-anticipated contest while Kauto Star is the clear second choice. The living-legend has seen his price drop significantly over the course of the National Hunt season and he will likely take a substantial amount of money on the day after stringing together a number of cracking performances this year to wrest the momentum back in his favour.


Long Run was only just able to break through for his first score of his campaign in the Grade 2 Denman Chase at Newbury. His price had been hovering around a general 5/4 for much of the campaign with an even money listing being available heading into the earlier part of the season. His pair of losses to Kauto Star has seen him drift upwards to a listing as high as 9/4 with several bookmakers featuring him at a 2/1 price tag.

Kauto Star has been spotted as low as 5/2 while many others have him priced at 7/2 – a price that certainly won't hold unless we get some discouraging news about his form or condition heading into the festival.

The Nicholls yard has been a bit quiet over the past month or so with very few notable winners in recent weeks.

Nicky Henderson's Burton Port has solidified himself alongside Grands Crus as the slight outsiders for this one with prices hovering anywhere from 7/1 to 10/1 on the pair. To a certain extent you would include Synchronised in that category with a 10/1 listing available as well as a 14/1 depending on whom you're wagering with.

The Midnight Chase headlines the next section of contenders with prices around 14/1 to 16/1 or so. You'll him alongside the talented Quel Esprit and Weird Al. Several in this area may be pointed towards other races and will see price drops should they be firmed up for the Gold Cup.

Captain Chris may he heading elsewhere but looks a solid each-way selection at 33/1 as he can likely stay the distance and has shown the ability to hang tough with Kauto Star and Long Run. A place bet would be advised should be line up in the Gold Cup itself.

Diamond Harry is available as high as 40/1 while What A Friend shows some serious variance with a 20/1 listing at one bookmaker and a 40/1 price at another.