Clan Des Obeaux favourite to win Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham

Saturday 16th December, 2017 - 1:55pm Cheltenham - Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase

Splash Of Ginge edged out Starchitect in a fabulous BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month, and that pair will lock horns at the home of National Hunt racing again on Saturday in an intriguing renewal of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase, which takes centre stage at 1:55pm in front of the ITV cameras.

  • Splash Of Ginge won the BetVictor Gold Cup last month
  • Paul Nicholls trained Frodon to victory 12 months ago (saddles Clan Des Obeaux, Le Prezien, Romain De Senam)
  • Five of the last six winners have carried 10st 7lbs or less

Saturday 16th December - 1.55pm OddsWon/LostBet
Caspian Caviar Gold Cup    
Tips King's Odyssey to win    Best Bet @ 13 / 2  

Ginge Aims To Repeat Success

Despite lining up on the back of that win, Splash Of Ginge is nowhere near the head of the betting, and is as big as 10/1 with bet365 for this race, as he will have to defy a 5lb rise in the handicap for that win, and with conditions likely to be a lot more testing then it's hard to see him being able to follow his November win up with a victory in this contest.

Starchitect is a 6/1 chance with William Hill, and while it would be no surprise to see him turn the form around with Splash Of Ginge, he too has been handed a rise in the handicap, and that extra 4lbs could see his chances his scuppered, and it's worth looking away from the front two in the BetVictor Gold Cup.

Paul Nicholls trained Frodon to victory in this race 12 months ago, and the master of Ditcheat will saddle a host of runners with Clan Des Obeaux the current 4/1 favourite with Unibet, and he was an impressive winner at Haydock Park last time out, but he will have the burden of top weight here, and with slow conditions expected, he could find it tough.

Le Prezien was third in the BetVictor Gold Cup, and at 13/2 with William Hill, makes most appeal from Nicholls' challengers, but he can often find one too good in these competitive races, while Romain De Senam (12/1) struggled last time out when fifth in the BetVictor, and will not be able to turn it around on Saturday.

King's Odyssey The One To Beat

King's Odyssey was travelling well in this race 12 months ago when falling in the latter stages, and now lining up off a 7lb lower mark in this year's renewal the Evan Williams-trained raider can storm to victory, and at 13/2 with Coral bookmakers is a cracking bet in a trappy betting heat.

He relishes soft ground, and with many lining up off significantly higher handicap marks than they previously ran off then King's Odyssey could just have his time to sparkle, and with victory over fences at Cheltenham before then he can storm to victory and land this coveted prize.

Best Of The Rest

Ballyalton has struggled since winning at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016, but if the 9/1 shot with Unibet can recapture that sort of form then has to be considered a lively contender, while the likes of Long House Hall and Foxtail Hill, both 14/1, add more depth to what should be a cracking feature event on a stunning second day of the International meeting at GL50.

2017 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Odds

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- 7/2 - - 7/2 - - 7/2
- 5 - - 6 - - 13/2
- 6 - - 11/2 - - 13/2
- 6 - - 6 - - 7
- 8 - - 15/2 - - 8
- 8 - - 10 - - 9
- 10 - - 10 - - 12
- 14 - - 11 - - 14
- 14 - - 12 - - 12
- 14 - - 12 - - 12
- 33 - - 33 - - 25

*Odds correct as of 22nd May, 14:12. Odds are subject to change.


Posted: Thursday, 14th December 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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