2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup - Long Run Wins The Gold Cup!
Imperial Commander is of course the defending Champion having won the Gold Cup last season and he looked in a similar vain when he won his only start this season in the Betfair Chase back in November. He beat a decent field at Haydock and his price for the Gold Cup contracted as a result, he did sustain a cut to his leg at the time which means he has been off track since but remains the one to beat. There are plenty of doubts around Kauto Star as he head to the Gold Cup following his poor run in the King George Chase at Kempton, he was comortably beaten by Long Run that day and the Nicky Henderson horse looks like star of the future as the Gold Cup Form suggests.
Gold Cup Result 2011
1520 Totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase3m 2½f
1. Long Run (Sam Waley-Cohen) 7-2 Fav
2. Denman (Sam Thomas) 8-1
3. Kauto Star (Ruby Walsh) 5-1
Denman ran well in 2010 when second in the Gold Cup and The Tank can never be ruled out if on his best form, he started his season as normal at Newbury in the Hennessy Gold Cup off of top weight. Denman ran a brave race but tired towards the end to leave Diamond Harry the impressive winner, the Nick Williams horse though has picked up an injury and will now not feature in the Gold Cup Odds as a result while Denman has been off track since Newbury.
Among other Gold Cup Runners are the likes of Neptune Collonges and What A Friend, both are two more from the Paul Nicholls yard and What A friend in particular seems to be a horse on the up despite the fact he was comfortably beaten by Imperial Commander in the Betfair Chase. An interesting horse in the betting is the Irish Hennessy winner Kempes, he claimed that nice win in Ireland and now goes to Cheltenham with live each-way chances for Willie Mullins and is the mount of AP McCoy.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Guide 2012
On this site we provide you with the best information to assist you in making that bet as we will have all the information on the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup runners for the race along with the best odds and form. Make sure you also check out our Cheltenham Gold Cup tips, along with the best Gold Cup free bets from some of the top bookmakers.
After Denman's victory in the 2008 Gold Cup the entire horse racing World was looking forward to the rematch with Kauto Star in 2009. Which of course ended in victory for Kauto Star as he became the first ever horse to regain the Cup! 2010 though saw the birth of a new star as Imperial Commander beat the big two in some style to win the race for Nigel Twiston-Davies in some style.
See Cheltenham Gold cup Form Guide For the background and performances of the main contenders for the 2011 Gold Cup.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Runners and Riders
The best chasers of the season will head to Cheltenham for the showpiece Gold Cup and all the connections of the well fancied horses will be looking to get the bets jockeys for their horses. Paul Nicholls is the Champion Trainer and looks set to a number of runners in the big race with Kauto Star and Denman leading the charge as usual. Those two lead the Gold Cup Runners but both will fear 2010 winner Imperial Commander who loves it around Cheltenham in March.
Other potential runners in the big race in 2011 include the talented Somersby who ran well in the Arkle last season, while Long Run is tipped for a big season this year in Gold Cup company after showing some real signs of class at points last campaign.
Gold Cup Trial Races 2012
There is a tried and tested route towards the Gold Cup for all of the main contenders in the betting and we will be following each of them through the season. Imperial Commander will start off in the Betfair Chase as he did last season while 2008 winner Denman is likely to be seen in the Hennessy Gold Cup at the back end of November. Perhaps the most prestigious of the Cheltenham Gold Cup Trials is the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, this year we will see a number of potential Gold Cup horses go including Kauto Star and the exciting Long Run.
Punters will be able to follow all of the big races right through until the Gold Cup itself in March to help them make sense of a competitive betting heat, the last big trial race in February is the Aon Chase at Newbury and that will be the last chance for connections to get a run into their Gold Cup hopefuls.
Choosing your Gold Cup Online bookmaker
The other sections on this site will hopefully have helped you with your Gold Cup selection. To assist you in selecting an online bookmaker, we have put up the very best online bookmakers for your perusal most of which you will be familar with. The selection of bookmakers shown on this site are all amongst the very best in the UK and Ireland and all offer quality racing services and the choice can just come down to the price that they are offering for your selection in the Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Odds. There will be differences between the online bookmakers on the price and this is because each will have different liabilities on the race and therefore there are slight differences in the prices offered. You might also like to check out our section on opening an online betting account.
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