Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Betting Tips, Stats & History

We head to the home of the jumping game here as the festive National Hunt action continues apace. We have a Gold Cup up for grabs at Prestbury Park on the Saturday of the International Meeting as the runners and riders line up for the contest traditionally known as the December Gold Cup. Always one of the big early season targets for the most talented handicap chasers, the action is always extremely competitive. In a race which hasn’t been too kind to favourites over the years there tends to be a few runners in the field in with a big each way shout.

Race Info

2m4½f is the trip for this Grade 3 handicap chase event, set to be run on good ground – although we do have some rain forecast - and offering £130,000 in total prize money.

GoingDistanceGradePrize MoneyRunnersEW Terms
Good 2m4½f Grade 3 £130,000 17 Runners 1/4 1-4

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Betting Tips

Cheltenham, 13:55, Saturday 15th December 2018

This hasn’t been a great race for the elder statesmen of the chasing game in recent times, with each of the past 10 winners being eight years old or younger. Paul Nicholls leads the way on the all-time trainers list with four wins in total. Nicholls looks set to rely on 2016 winner Frodon and Romain De Senam this time around.

We look set to be in for as intriguing a renewal as ever in 2018, with the past two winners both looking set to hold their ground. But will they be able to hold off a whole host of promising up and comers?

King To Raise A Glass To Victory?

One of the most interesting contenders in this year’s field for our money is the ex-French Alan King runner, Full Glass. This one has run well in his two starts since making the switch to the King yard in March. Firstly when finishing third in a Listed contest and secondly when bang in contention only to unseat his rider last time out at Haydock. Those runs both came on good ground, but the best of his French form would suggest he is a significantly better performer with some give underfoot. With some forecasts predicting heavy rain on Saturday, he may find conditions coming in his favour and looks fairly handicapped off 142.

Moore Success For Baron?

There may have been a couple of unlucky horses in behind in the BetVictor Gold Cup here, but it’s hard to argue with the authoritative manner in which Gary Moore’s Baron Alco plundered that big pot on the day. Strong up the hill, he was two lengths in front at the line, having seen off the challenge of - the tough as they come – Frodon, and whilst he has an additional ½f to contend with here, he didn’t look to be stopping that day. His earlier head second to Charbel also reads very well now and a 6lb higher mark may not be enough to stop him.

Or Would You Rather Be On The Henderson Runner?

Currently on three wins in the race, Nicky Henderson needs just one more to draw level with his perennial rival Paul Nicholls on the trainers list here. The Lambourn maestro looks set to be double handed this year with Casablanca Mix and Rather Be.

Casablanca Mix can’t be ruled out, but it is Rather Be who has attracted the interest of the betting public. This one hasn’t always had the best of luck around here, unseating his rider in the 2017 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys race and being brought down in the BetVictor Gold Cup here last time out. In between those efforts though he was beaten just a head into second in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at the Festival showing that he can go well around here. He looked to be travelling as well as anything when coming to grief four from home in that BetVictor Gold Cup last time and is fancied by many to gain compensation.

Final Verdict: Full Glass each way

Rather Be and Baron Alco do look very likely to go well, but with both being in the single figure odds bracket, they haven’t been missed by the market. One who is perhaps a little overpriced is Full Glass. We suspect we haven’t seen the best of this one yet and with rain reportedly on the way, he’s the each way bet in the race for us.

Recent Winners

2018 Frodon 7/1 Paul Nicholls Bryony Frost
2017 Guitar Pete 9/1 Nicky Richards Ryan Day
2016 Frodon 14/1 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies
2015 Village Vic 8/1 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson
2014 Niceonefrankie 16/1 Venetia Williams Aidan Coleman
2013 Double Ross 7/1 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies
2012 Unioniste 15/2 Paul Nicholls Harry Derham
2011 Quantitativeeasing 6/1 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty
2010 Poquelin 16/1 Paul Nicholls Ian Popham
2009 Poquelin 7/2 Paul Nicholls Ruby Walsh

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