Cheltenham Gold Cup betting odds and predictions affected by Kauto Star's fall

5th of March, 2012 Bookmark and Share
Following his recent fall at Ditcheat, Kauto Star has a 50/50 chance of racing in the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup. As a favourite is now injured, betting odds for the last Cheltenham race have altered significantly. The fall could have a considerable effect on the Gold Cup results, meaning that many horse racing fans now have doubts about where to place their Cheltenham bets.

The Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup site will delve into all possible outcomes for the Gold Cup and offer betting tips and predictions based on the current news, helping horse racing fans to pick the most suitable Cheltenham Gold Cup odds.

Paul Nicholls seems hopeful that Kauto Star will recover in time for the 2012 Cheltenham Festival. The trainer said: "It's getting better each day so we're still hopeful - we've still got a fortnight." The horse has managed to make miraculous recoveries in previous seasons. During 2010, Kauto Star performed poorly in a few races, causing horse racing professionals to call for his retirement. However, the horse was able to silence his critics by winning an array of races in 2011 and 2012. It could be possible that the resilient Kauto Star makes another comeback in time for the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

However, it is also important to remember that Kauto Star is one of the older Cheltenham runners, which could possibly extend his recovery time and cause him to miss out on the Gold Cup. If Kauto Star does not make a full recovery in time for the March event, Nicholls is unlikely to enter the horse as it would be unrealistic to place an unprepared runner into this highly regarded race.

If Kauto Star does not race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, it is likely to be an easy win for Long Run who will only have competition from Grands Crus and Burton Port. Prior to the injury, the Gold Cup looked set to be a close race between Kauto Star and Long Run as both horses have won the event in previous years. It was even predicted that Kauto Star had a good chance of beating the 2011 winner as he has outperformed Long Run in both the 2012 King George VI Chase and Betfair Chase.

All eyes will be on Kauto Star this coming weekend as he races at Prestbury Park. If the runner has returned to form and manages to perform well, it is likely that Nicholls will enter him into the Cheltenham Gold Cup. No doubt horse racing fans are eager for Kauto Star to place first at Prestbury Park as many have enjoyed watching the seasoned runner return to his former glory in 2012.

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Lauren Knowles
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