Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Betting Tips, Stats & History

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is, by many indicators, the biggest National Hunt race of the season. It’s not the only Gold Cup run at Cheltenham racecourse though. The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (also known as the December Gold Cup) has taken place annually at Cheltenham since 1963.

It’s a very different race to the Gold Cup though, as it is run over a distance of 2m4½f, includes 17 fences for the horses to overcome and is held at Grade 3 level. The Caspian Caviar Gold Cup is also a handicap and a very competitive one at that.

Race Info

This handicap chase event is set to be run on good to soft ground and the weather is set fair from now until after racing. There is £130,000 in total prize money on offer.

Going Distance Grade Prize Money Runners EW Terms
Good to Soft 2m4½f Grade 3 £130,00 16 Runners 1/4 1-4

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Betting Tips

Cheltenham, 13:55, Saturday 14th December 2019

Winners of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup usually go on to compete in the Cheltenham Festival later in the season. Last year’s winner, Frodon, went one better by returning in January to win the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase and then winning the Ryanair Chase at the Festival. That win in March was actually Frodon’s fourth appearance in a row at Cheltenham and he had run several times at the course before (including winning this race in 2016). That’s fairly typical of a Caspian Caviar Gold Cup winner with 12 of the last 17 winners arriving with previous chasing experience at Cheltenham.

Experience is only so important though as older horses do not have a good record in this race. You have to go back to 1993 for the last time a horse older than eight won the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup.

The other thing to concentrate on is incoming form. Trainers must tow the right line between freshness and fitness. The stats show it’s tough for horses who haven’t had a run in the last five weeks but any horse who has run too soon to the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup will equally struggle.

Secret Investor - 6/1

Hailing for the Paul Nicholls yard, seven year old Secret Investor hasn’t run at Cheltenham before but there are signs he could give this one a very good go. He won at Grade 2 novices’ chase at Ayr last April and another at Wincanton the month before that. He has also tended to perform well when running on good to soft ground, which is what is expected here.

While he doesn’t perhaps have the solid speed of one or two others in the field, Secret Investor is a steady and determined performer who is always liable to mix it in the places at least. He is perhaps just a shade short in this one given he’s carrying 11st 7lb in weight, but it would come as no surprise if he features in the closing stages.

Good Man Pat - 10/1

Those looking for an option in the betting who is better treated by the handicapper than the favourite could do a lot worse than to back Good Man Pat. The six year old’s preparations for Saturday saw him compete in a 3m handicap as Ascot just three weeks ago. Alan King will have taken heart from his fourth place finish as he jumped well enough and seemed to cope with the trip.

Good Man Pat is still inexperienced over fences compared to many of his rivals in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. Some will worry that will hinder his chances but others of a more optimistic bent are excited about him making considerable improvement.

Nobody knows what the future holds for Good Man Pat and it appears that King isn’t even sure what route his horse will take. His performance at Ascot suggested he was a classy stayer in the making but there is obviously hope that he is either a versatile performer or one who can perform best over the middle distances. We’ll learn a fair deal about Good Man Pat on Saturday where he looks a tempting each way bet at 10/1 and will only have to carry 10st 7lb.

Brelan D’As - 10/1

Brelan D’As is another who looks well treated at the weights. He’s another who arrives ready for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup on the back of an encouraging performance at Cheltenham. He was helped by the fall of Slate House at the penultimate face but take nothing away from his run.

Connections were particularly pleased that Brelan D’As jumped well having unseated his rider in his first race of the campaign and that he kept going right to the line. Paul Nicholls has trained more winners of this race than anybody else so it’s always worth taking note when he believes a horse is good enough to win. Brelan D’As certainly has a good enough shot to suggest his odds of 10/1 are worth chancing.

Recent Winners

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2019 Warthog 7/1 David Pipe David Noonan
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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