Wednesday, December 21, 2011

King George to shake up Gold Cup market

Whatever the outcome of the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day the result is almost certain to result in some significant changes to the ante-post odds available for the principal candidates for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, a race for which last year's winner Long Run is currently the solid 5/2 market leader, writes Elliot Slater.

Long Run, a strong favourite to land the Kempton feature event for the second year running at the main expense of four-time previous winner Kauto Star, will surely be significantly trimmed to retain his crown if all goes well on Boxing Day with odds of around 7/4 or shorter being likely if he manages to confirm last year's form with Kauto Star who he beat by some 19-lengths into third place in a stunning display at the Sunbury circuit. Those looking at the ante-post Cheltenham Gold Cup betting online should remember this.

The ante-post odds for Kauto Star, generally a 12/1 second favourite to win the Gold Cup (a race he landed both in 2007 and 2009), would certainly contract if he gets close to or actually beats Long Run in the King George, the veteran having proved the doubters all wrong in putting up a tremendous display on his seasonal reappearance to run the finish out of Long Run and score by a stunning eight-lengths in the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock Park in November.

Captain Chris, winner of last year's Arkle Chase and currently a 16/1 third favourite for the Gold Cup will also be taking his chance at Kempton, and with connections sounding confident that he will stay the extra distance his odds could also be trimmed if he shows the necessary stamina at Kempton that would suggest he has what it takes to see out the three-and-a-quarter-miles and the stiff uphill finish of the Cheltenham showcase contest.

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