Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup tips

With all the attention on Kauto Star in this afternoon’s Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup, it’s hard to believe he is not the only horse racing in the showpiece race of the meet.

Kauto Star, with Ruby Walsh on the saddle, is certainly a class above the rest and is being heavily backed by punters and is currently at 6/4 to land the big prize. Lightening speed coupled with plentiful stamina make it hard to look anywhere else than the seven-year-old gelding. Check out Totesport by clicking here.

Nevertheless, there still remains one doubt over Kauto Star; his jumping.

In his only previous Cheltenham appearance in the Champions Chase last year, he fell at the third. And although Kauto Star is unbeaten in all five starts this term, he has made mistakes at the fences in his last two races. However, if Kauto Star can get round the demanding course, there is surely only to be one winner.

If Kauto Star does not live up to his billing, then Exotic Dancer is the horse most likely to step up to the plate. At 4/1, Exotic Dancer loves it around Cheltenham and with Tony McCoy on the saddle he could surprise Kauto Star. He has three Cheltenham wins under his belt this season and is certainly worth a look.

If you fancy an each-way bet with decent odds, The Listener at 12/1, L’ami at 14/1 who finished fourth in the race last year and Beef Or Salmon at 20/1 appear to offer the greatest prospects.

If Kauto Star wins today he will bring owner Clive Smith a cool £1 million from Betfair who offered the money for any horse that would complete the treble of the Betfair Chase, the King George VI Chase and the Gold Cup. Kauto Star is two-thirds of the way to completing that impressive treble.

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Editor, - 2007-03-16 09:56:51

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