Kauto Star doubt shakes up Gold Cup betting


Tagged under: 3.20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase 3m 2 1/2f

The news that Cheltenham hero Kauto Star took a tumble in training last week caused quite a stir in the Gold Cup betting market with bookmakers hastily adjusting the odds for the leading contenders.

The main reaction was to slash the price of last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run, now as short as evens from the 9/4 odds available at the start of trading on Thursday morning. Grands Crus from 10/1 to 7/1 and Burton Port from 10/1 to 7/1 were also shortened up as Clive Smith’s dual Gold Cup Winner was eased from 3/1 to top price 9/2 with BetVictor.

The reports leave punters with a conundrum as to what effect the fall might have on Kauto Star’s chances of lining up in the Gold Cup. The Paul Nicholls-trained horse is scheduled for his final piece of serious work on Saturday and the trainer wants Kauto Star in top form or he is unlikely to go Cheltenham.

“You get a little older and take a little knock and it just takes a little bit to get over it,” remarked Nicholls.

"If you trotted him out today and paraded him you'd not think there was anything wrong. But the situation with him is that he needs to be at his very best to run.”

The doubts about Kauto Star’s participation in the Gold Cup come in a week when some of the leading online bookmakers announced Non Runner No Bet on all races at the Cheltenham Festival. From the beginning of March, BetVictor, bet365 and Ladbrokes will refund ante post stakes on any race at Cheltenham should the horse not make the start.

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