Cheltenham Gold Cup 2012 – 2 To Watch
This entry was posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2012
Two Horse Race – literally.
For years punters have become accustomed to the Gold Cup being a straight showdown between Denman and Kauto Star. The Star remains in our orbit, but his main rival tomorrow afternoon is likely to be Long Run, last year’s Champion, with Sam Waley-Cohen once more in the saddle.
Trained by Nicky Henderson, Long Run stunned punters in winning last year’s Betfred Gold Cup, by seven lengths from Denman. In so doing, he became the first six-year-old winner since Mill House in 1963. Yet his form of late has been poor, losing to Kauto Star at the Haydock Betfair Chase and at Kempton in the William Hill King George. Nevertheless, we suspect he is being saved for this one, and at 15/8 with our friends at BlueSq, he is certainly worth a bob or two.
Don’t write off this 12-year-old legend trained by Paul Nicholls just yet. 3rd last year (due to ill health), the Star has shone brightly of late, dominating the big two jump races of the season so far, and tomorrow will hope to add a third Gold Cup to add to his 2007 & 2009 triumphs. We reckon it could be a repeat of last year, when he was trading at odds-on at the top of the hill, but fell away badly. Does he still have the stamina for 3m21/2f? Either way, it is possible we will never see his like again. Racing fans have certainly enjoyed the ride.