BetVictor Gold Cup Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Cheltenham, 2.25, 17 November 2018
Some of the best odds and betting tips are on offer here for the BetVictor Gold Cup (formerly the Paddy Power Gold Cup), brought to us from the Old Course from Cheltenham.
BetVictor Gold Cup Betting Tips
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
- Baron Alco to win at 10/1 with Ladbrokes
- West Approach each way at 14/1 with BetVictor
BetVictor Gold Cup Betting Offers
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BetVictor Gold Cup Tips and Race Preview
A maximum field of 20 horses have been declared for the 2018 BetVictor Gold Cup. In fact, getting a place in this race is very competitive so the calibre of horses who make the cut seems to go up year on year. We certainly have several potential winners for Saturday’s renewal of this Grade 3 handicap which is run over 2 miles 4 furlongs on Cheltenham’s Old course and is open to horses aged four and older.
Baron Alco to Make Up for Lost Time
Punters who made the trip to Chepstow a few weeks ago were very interested to see how Baron Alco got on. Gary Moore’s seven-year-old was making his first appearance in well over a year so nobody was quite sure what standard of performance he would be able to turn in.
Baron Alco does have a decent record coming into races on the back of a rest, so much so that he was backed into joint favouritism as 4/1. Those who backed him were disappointed that he was unable to win the John Ayres Memorial Handicap but could not help but have been impressed with the way he raced after such a long absence.
Under Jamie Moore, Baron Alco was more than capable of hacking the early pace. He had enough in the tank to take a pretty early lead and only just lost out by a head to Charbel, who is sure to kick on over longer distances. The hope among connections is that Baron Alco will have blown away the cobwebs at Chepstow and that he will make further improvements as the season goes on.
Indeed, he won on his second appearance after 219 and 175 day breaks respectively earlier on in his career and can do so again at Cheltenham (where he has performed well before) at generous odds of 10/1 with Ladbrokes.
West Approach to Keep Improving Over Fences
West Approach is another horse who could well kick on after making his first appearance of the season. Colin Tizzard decided that it was best for his eight-year-old to have a big test of stamina on his seasonal reappearance and West Approach emerged with plenty of credit from a battling performance over 3m1f at Cheltenham at the end of October.
Richard Johnson tried to win the contest from the front and West Approach looked happy enough during the majority of that race. He was ultimately pipped by two horses during the closing stages but there was enough in that performance to suggest that he could win some very competitive races over shorter distances.
West Approach certainly showed that he is a quality operator over hurdles and there is little in his jumping over fences to be overly concerned about. He could well kick on to win even bigger clashes than the BetVictor Gold Cup as the season goes on but for now, an each way bet looks the best option, especially as he can be backed at a generous 14/1 with the sponsors.
BetVictor Gold Cup Previous Winners
- 2017 – Splash Of Ginge – jockey Tom Bellamy, trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies
- 2016 – Tarquin Du Seuil – jockey Aidan Coleman, trainer Jonjo O’Neill
- 2015 – Annacotty – jockey Ian Popham, trainer Alan King
- 2014 – Caid Du Berlais – jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2013 – Johns Spirit – jockey Richie McLernon, trainer Jonjo O’Neill
- 2012 – Al Ferof – jockey Ruby Walsh, trainer Paul Nicholls
- 2011 – Great Endeavour – jockey Timmy Murphy, trainer David Pipe
- 2010 – Little Josh – jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies
- 2009 – Tranquil Sea – jockey Andrew J. McNamara, trainer Edward O’Grady
- 2008 – Imperial Commander – jockey Paddy Brennan, trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies
- 2007 – L’Antartique – jockey Graham Lee, trainer Ferdy Murphy
- 2006 – Exotic Dancer – jockey Tony McCoy, trainer Jonjo O’Neill
- 2005 – Our Vic – jockey Timmy Murphy, trainer Martin Pipe
The best day in Jump racing this side of Christmas is brought to us from Cheltenham racecourse. There are a total of seven races across this day of racing, all of which are of considerable value and prestige. However, the highlight of the day comes in the form of the BetVictor Gold Cup (called the Paddy Power Gold Cup until the 2016 renewal), a handicap race which has been ran every year since 1960. The race attracts some of the best jockeys and trainers around to compete here, drawing in large quantities of spectators.
It is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase ran over a distance of two miles and four and a half furlongs with a total of fifteen fences to be jumped. It was originally known as the Mackeson Gold Cup until 1995 due to the original sponsors, with the current sponsors, BetVictor, taking over in 2016 from Paddy Power who supported the race since 2003. Murphy’s and Thomas Pink filled the sponsorship gap between the years of the Mackeson and Paddy Power sponsorship.
There are a number of horses who have been successful on a couple of occasions in this particular race, but there has never been a single horse to win this one three times. Five horses have ran out victorious twice here with the most being Cyfor Malta. This is the only Martin Pipe trained horse to have won the Paddy Power Gold Cup twice, despite Pipe having one of his horses winning this race on eight different occasions. This makes Pipe the leading trainer of this race’s history, with these eight victories spanning across almost 20 years, from 1987 with Beau Ranger until 2005 with Our Vic.
The leading jockey here is Tony McCoy. He too has a tie to Cyfor Malta as he was in the saddle back in 1998 when Cyfor Malta enjoyed his first Gold Cup triumph. This trainer-jockey partnership has been successful more than once as well. In three different years have these two been in the winning camp together, the first was Cyfor Malta, the second in 2000 with Lady Cricket and the last in 2001 with Shooting Light.
In more recent years the Twiston-Davies family have particularly impacted the results of this race. Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has had two of his horses winning in the past seven years, whilst his son, Sam, has been the jockey on two occasions over the similar period. Only once have they formed a winning partnership in this race with a victory in 2010 with eight-year-old Little Josh.
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