While there is still a lot of ground yet to cover on the road to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, betting is beginning to take off now after a couple of excellent performances by some of the early candidates to win the Blue Riband event on March 13th.
While there are unanswered questions about stamina surrounding the likes of Cyrname and Altior, some of which may be answered at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, others are proven staying chasers and unsurprisingly it’s those types we see at the top of the current Gold Cup betting market.
Key Gold Cup Trials Still to Come
While the current market leaders deserve their place at the head of affairs for now, much will change over the coming weeks and months as more big races are run.
With that in mind, it would be unwise to jump on the prices currently on offer and in fact it’s predicted that odds will fluctuate plenty between now and March with some key Gold Cup trials still to be run.
The John Durkan Memorial Chase at Punchestown is run on Sunday December 8th, while over Christmas things will really hot up. The King George VI Chase on Boxing Day is the biggest race in this division outside of the Gold Cup, while a couple of days later the Christmas Chase at Leopardstown may well produce Ireland’s biggest challenger.
Offers will be abundant from bookmakers on this market, so make sure you check out www.thebookiesoffers.co.uk/cheltenham-betting-offers before placing any bets.
Lostintranslation the New Gold Cup Favourite
On November 23rd, while Altior and Cyrname were having their very well-publicised battle in the Christy 1965 Chase, arguably the real quality in the context of the Gold Cup was being displayed up at Haydock Park as Colin Tizzard’s young second-season chaser Lostintranslation was taking on old favourite Bristol De Mai, previously unbeaten at the track.
Having already shown his star quality as a novice; running second to Defi Du Seuil in the JLT Novices’ at Cheltenham before routing his field in the Mildmay at Aintree, Lostintranslation was carrying a weight of expectation when making his seasonal reappearance in a small race at Carlisle.
Having passed that test nicely, he came into the Grade 1 Betfair Chase in great order and was sent off the 5/4 joint-favourite with Bristol De Mai who at that stage was four from four at Haydock, a real track specialist.
ith his market rival content to bowl along and look to gallop the field into submission, jockey Robbie Power took a different tack in waiting out the back but stayed on beautifully and battled all the way to the line to win the Betfair Chase by 1½ lengths.
Afterwards bookmakers were content to make Lostintranslation the new Gold Cup favourite at a general 4/1, just ahead of Willie Mullins pair Kemboy (11/2) and Al Boum Photo (8/1) who won the race last year, though a lot can still change with some key races yet to be run over and around the three-mile trip.