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Cheltenham Gold Cup: Who Has What It Takes To Land National Hunt Racing’s Biggest Prize?

With the UK horse racing’s new National Hunt season impartial underway, betting tipsterThe Winning Line looks at the tall names expected to be vying for the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Cheltenham Gold Cup: Who Has What It Takes To Land National Hunt Racing’s Biggest Prize?

Cheltenham Gold Cup: Who Has What It Takes To Land National Hunt Racing's Biggest Prize?

With the new National Hunt season barely underway it might seem a hardly premature to be looking ahead to the cardinal event of the campaign, the Cheltenham Gold Cup Imperial Commander takes the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup ahead of DenmanHowever, all roads throughout the jumps season model to the four day jamboree in March and, ignoring the Aintree Grand National, what is the biggest sprint of the calendar It gets no bigger than the Gold Cup, the highlight of the year for enthusiasts of ‘proper’ racing Nigel Twiston-Davies won the race last year with the 9-year-old Imperial Commander, in doing so ending the winning run of Paul Nicholls. The champion trainer had saddled Kauto Star (2007 & 2009) plus Denman (2008) to success the three previous years and once again, in 2011, will be the individual to beat, as he goes for a fifth win in the rush (also See More Business 1999) Who Are The Main Contenders?Nicholls cede surely be bang there once again with Denman and, additional likely, Kauto Star However, trainers like Nicky Henderson, Alan King and Philip Hobbs are all looking for a boon win in the Gold Cup. Henderson, in particular, is a real jeopardy with horses like Long Run, Punchestowns and conceivably even Burton Port Can Herietta Knight find another like Best Mate, the three situation winner like Arkle before him? What of Willie Mullins, Henry De Bromhead or any more of the Irish trainers? Mouse Morris was the last trainer from Ireland to win (War Of Attrition 2006) and it’s always foolish to under-estimate the chances of horses which come ‘over the water’ to the Cheltenham Festival It’s A Long Season. But It’ll Go Fast!The revelry (15-18 March 2011) leave be here sooner than you imagine and the principal pretenders to the phrase of ‘the best chaser’ leave see hardly progress between now and then. Just two runs, conceivably three. Expect plenty of assistance for two-time Gold Cup winner Kauto StarWe should expect to see them compete, at mixed times, in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham, the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury plus Boxing Day’s King George VI Chase at Kempton During this situation the betting markets cede reform markedly, that’s for sure, and long-term antepost betting, especially with the jumps in mind, is fraught with danger. On the flipside, the hawk is sweeping flexible and you can get some very luscious each-way prices about horses which logical might be giant value on the day (or at least be traded in advance) Into this category we’d put Burton Port (25/1), Cooldine (25/1) and Pride Of Dulcote (40/1). All theoretical but all capable of obtaining into the Gold Cup represantation over the coming months. >> Click here for latest Cheltenham Gold Cup oddsWhat are your thoughts on the big race? Email me with your comments matthewwalton@goldcallcom.

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