Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tips: Imperial Commander a worthy favourite

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It’s a wide open Cheltenham Gold Cup with the three most recent winners set to battle a brilliant young pretender for title of champion three-mile chaser.

Reigning champion Imperial Commander was overshadowed in last year’s build up with Kauto Star and Denman filling the pre-race headlines. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge put Paul Nicholl’s champions to the sword last March when running away to a seven-length victory over Denman in second.

Nicholls' superstars have had very light campaigns in preparation for this year’s event and while they cannot be written off, it's difficult to see either reversing the form as jockey Paddy Brennan looks to ride a Gold Cup double.

The classy Long Run has emerged as the main danger after devastating his rivals in the King George VI Chase but questions hang over his inexperienced head. Can a six-year-old really win the Cheltenham Gold Cup? Has his jumping improved enough to gain his first win at the track after two failed attempts?

It probably wasn't the greatest Grade 1 run at Leopardstown that Kempes won last month but Willie Mullins has always had belief in him and today's better ground and sterner test could see him run well. Midnight Chase won a handicap here last April from a mark of 123 and he arrives on a roll at the track with four successive victories but it’s asking a lot for him to make the step up in class.

Considering his rivals, Imperial Commander emerges a worthy favourite despite having a solitary race in which to prepare. He was always in control when winning on his re-appearance and while his trainer would have liked a pop at the King George, red tape denied him a chance. Twiston-Davies knows his horse runs well when fresh, so since then, has kept him ticking over at home waiting for his big day.

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