Long Run Odds to retain Gold Cup


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

Although the defending Gold Cup champion hasn’t hit the same heights this season, Long Run is 2/1 favourite with sponsor Betfred to retain his title on the morning of the final day of the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.

Competition to be seen to be offering top price on the Gold Cup is so intense, that Long Run’s odds are the same almost across the boards of leading online bookmakers.

Nicky Henderson is enjoying an historic Cheltenham with six winners so far making him the all-time most winning trainer and victory for Long Run would cap off a truly memorable festival. Robert-Waley Cohen’s seven-year-old has been less then impressive in his build up to Cheltenham this year, beaten twice by the public darling Kauto Star and unanswered questions about his jumping remain.

Retaining the Gold Cup has been the only aim for Long Run and Henderson has proved in spades this week that he knows how to get his runners to peak on the day. The horse is reported to be more relaxed these days and the track and distance will suit better than Haydock and Kempton where he was bested by the fitter Kauto Star.

Dual Gold Cup winner Kauto Star will be among the most popular Cheltenham festival winners if he can match legendary champions like Best Mate and Arkle in winning the race for a third time. Trainer Paul Nicholls has been keeping the world up to date with the trials and tribulations of getting his stable star to Cheltenham in one piece and punters can now be assured the twelve-year-old is fit and ready to give of his best in what is expected to be his final appearance at the Cheltenham Festival.

The 2012 Gold Cup has the promise of being one of the best in recent years and a dramatic outcome seems assured who ever the winner. Punters who will be giving their support to Long Run should consider the offer from BetVictor who will give a free bet refund on losing stakes on the runner up if Kauto Star wins the Gold Cup.

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