Romain De Senam to storm to BetVictor Gold Cup glory at Cheltenham

Saturday 18th November, 2017 - 2:25pm Cheltenham - BetVictor Gold Cup

A fabulous renewal of the 2017 BetVictor Gold Cup will take place at Cheltenham on Saturday afternoon, and it will yet again see a host of seasoned campaigners lock horns with some up-and-coming chasers, and it's sure to provide a thrilling spectacle in one of the early highlights of the National Hunt season.

  • Seven of the last ten winners have carried less than 11st
  • Six of the last ten winners have been aged seven
  • Five of the last six winners have been priced 10/1 or lower

Saturday 18th November - 2.25pm OddsWon/LostBet
BetVictor Gold Cup    
Tips Romain De Senam to win    Best Bet @ 9 / 1  

Main Contenders

As the betting highlights, there will be a whole host of major players in this contest, and it's Harry Fry's Kylemore Lough that is sitting at the head of the market at 11/2 with Betfred, but the former Kerry Lee-trained raider will have the burden of carrying top weight in this event, but is undoubtedly the class act in the contest.

Competing in Grade 1 company last season, Kylemore Lough is an intriguing runner in this competitive handicap contest, but with so many unknown quantities lining up here then he could just find a couple too good, and that pair could be the Paul Nicholls-trained duo of Le Prezien and Romain De Senam.

The former is an 8/1 shot with Unibet, and was last seen running over two miles at Cheltenham last month, but will now step up in trip here, and while he could still better than his current mark, the extra distance could see him struggle, and it's Romain De Senam that makes more appeal, as that Ditcheat inmate goes in search of a third win in a row.

The 9/1 chance with bet365 racked up a quickfire double of wins at Chepstow and Stratford last month, and certainly looks to be a horse on the upgrade over fences, and if he can continue on an upward curve then could hand the Nicholls team their third win in this race in six years.

Tranquil Sea was the last Irish-trained winner of this race in 2009, but this year the Emerald Isle will have a major contender in the shape of Tully East, who was a fine winner of the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase at last year's Cheltenham Festival, and at 7/1 with bet365 is another major player in a race that could be ideal for this progressive performer.

Notable Rivals

Nigel Twiston-Davies has saddled Little Josh and Imperial Commander to victory in this race since the turn of the century, and the Naunton handler will unleash Foxtail Hill, who was a fine winner at Cheltenham in October, and is sure to be one of those on the sharp end, but the 9/1 chance with Betfred will have to carry a notable rise for that win last month, and in a tougher contest may struggle.

Of the others, Starchitect (9/1) was a winner at Stratford on his seasonal reappearance, but David Pipe's challenger may find this a little too hot, while the likes of Ballyalton (10/1) and Double Treasure (14/1) are another eye-catching brace taking their chance, but it's a race that can be dominated the first few in the betting, and Romain De Senam is the one with the most progressive profile over fences, and can hand Paul Nicholls another win in this race.

2017 BetVictor Gold Cup Odds

Posted: Friday, 17th November 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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