Cheltenham 1.55 (Caspian Caviar Gold Cup) tips – worth rallying to the Clan

Cheltenham 1.55 (Caspian Caviar Gold Cup) tips – worth rallying to the Clan

Clan Des Obeaux

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Betting Tip: @ Clan Des Obeaux @ 7/2 with williamhill

Course form should never be underestimated and the BetVictor Gold Cup, which is run over the same trip at the November meeting here, is often influential with four of the last ten winners of this race having contested it. That said, only Exotic Dancer has managed to do the double since 1997, which is a black mark against Splash Of Ginge who is attempting the double off a 5lb higher mark, and I’d be more interested in the four horses who finished immediately behind him last month: Starchitect, Le Prezien, Ballyalton and Romain De Senam, in that order.

However, the horse to take out of the BetVictor Gold Cup, for me anyhow, is GUITAR PETE, whose chance was effectively over after he was badly hampered by a faller at the first, causing him to become detached in last place. That he still completed in ninth was good match practice for this race and he’s reported to be in good health for this assignment. A good winner at Wetherby on his previous start, when he had Splash Of Ginge in behind, he still looks well treated on a mark of 134 and has just 10st 2lb to carry thanks to Ryan Day’s claim. He’s twice run well at this track, albeit over hurdles, including when third in the 2014 Triumph Hurdle, and he seems to have rediscovered his mojo since joining Nicky Richards back in April. He is crying out to be backed each-way at Hills’ 14/1.

But be sure to have a bigger win bet on Paul Nicholls’ CLAN DES OBEAUX. I thought he was a bit soft last season but his two efforts this term suggest he’s come of age and there was a lot to like about his demolition job at Haydock last time. His mark of 155 means he has to concede weight all round, but given that Whisper, who beat him by half a length off level weights at Kempton two starts back is now rated 169, he doesn’t look too badly treated by any means. It would be no surprise if he was competing at the highest level before too long and Nicholls knows exactly what’s required for this race having saddled four winners and three places from just 19 representatives.

Granted, he’s favourite at 7/2 currently and that price hardly jumps off the page as value (we might be able to nick 4/1 on Saturday morning), but I turned my nose up at Blaklion who was a similar price to win last Saturday’s Becher Chase and that ended badly for my bank balance. Both of my selections relish soft ground and will be fully effective in the conditions. If you’re wondering why I haven’t mentioned King’s Odyssey, who is as short as 6/1 with some firms, it’s because I don’t think he jumps well enough and he was a casualty (albeit going well at the time) in last year’s renewal.


Clan Des Obeaux @ 7/2 bet365
Guitar Pete each-way @ 14/1 Hills (1/4 odds, 1.2.3)

Betting Tip: @ Clan Des Obeaux @ 7/2 with williamhill

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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