BetVictor Gold Cup Betting Tips – 18th November 2017
The National Hunt season is cooking on gas now. We had some quality racing last week and it goes up another gear this weekend with The Open meeting at Cheltenham.
There is plenty for the fans who assemble at Prestbury Park to get their teeth stuck into with Saturday’s feature race coming in the form of the BetVictor Gold Cup.
This Grade 3 handicap is run over 2 miles, 41/2 furlongs (20 furlongs) and takes in 15 fences around Cheltenham’s Old Course. There’s a maximum field of 20 horses competing for the £160,000 purse and we will have several potential winners among that number come the off.
Past Five Winners
2016 – Taquin Du Seuil, aged 9, ridden by Aidan Coleman, trained by Jonjo O’Neill
2015 – Annacotty, aged 7, ridden by Ian Popham, trained by Alan King
2014 – Caid Du Berlais, aged 5, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, trained by Paul Nicholls
2013 – Johns Spirit, aged 6, ridden by Richie McLernon, trained by Jonjo O’Neill
2012 – Al Ferof, aged 7, ridden by Ruby Walsh, trained by Paul Nicholls
Keep an Eye on the Previous Form Over Course and Distance
When looking for a winning bet for the BetVictor Gold Cup the most important thing to consider is whether or not the horse you choose is suited to running 20 furlongs at Cheltenham.
So, make sure to have a look at your fancy’s previous results at the famous track over a minimum of 15 furlongs.
11 of the last 15 winners of the BetVictor Gold Cup already had a win at Cheltenham under their belts and don’t even think about backing a horse who hasn’t made an appearance at the Gloucestershire track.
Cloudy Dream’s Misfortune Opens the Door for Big Name Trainers
If you’ve been following the ante-post betting for this race you might be surprised that Cloudy Dream is no longer in the running.
The long-time favourite with the bookies had already been well backed but a clerical mistake saw the seven-year-old entered into the wrong race.
That’s robbed punters of a genuine BetVictor Gold Cup contender but it has made the trainers of other horses in the race very happy.
As you can see by the list of the most recent five winners above, this is a race in which big-name trainers have a good record. As well as Jonjo O’Neill and Paul Nicholls, Nigel Twiston-Davies has won the race multiple times and he’ll fancy his chances of another victory courtesy of Foxtail Hill.
The eight-year-old certainly ticks the boxes in terms of his own record at Cheltenham.
Four of his last five appearances came at Prestbury Park. While he fell back in March, Foxtail Hill finished last season with a win over 20 furlongs and blew away the cobwebs with an opening win in the new season at the end of last month over 25 furlongs.
That recent success means he’ll be among the top weighted horses in the field but Foxtail Hill has enough stamina to overcome the handicapper’s penalty to win at 12/1 with Betfair.
Make Sure to Add Each-way Plays to Your Betting
It takes a brave punter to attack the BetVictor Gold Cup with just one winner bet. The standard of competition and the amount of luck required to go on and win this race make it perfect for a couple of each-way bets to complement your main pick.
Our first each-way recommendation is Theinval at 25/1 with Bet365.
Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old hasn’t secured the number of wins a horse of his talent and fighting spirit probably deserves. But that’s National Hunt racing for you.
A return of two from 15 over fences doesn’t tell the full story of a quality horse who should compete on Saturday.
Next up is Plaisir D’Amour at 33/1 with Boylesports.
Venetia Williams has only ever won this race once but she’s confident enough about Plaisir D’Amour to throw the five-year-old in at the deep end. Younger horses have a poor record in this race but Plaisir D’Amour is capable of redressing that balance.
Top Betting Offers
Foxtail Hill to win at 12/1 with Betfair
Theinval each-way at 25/1 with Bet365
Plaisir D’Amour at 33/1 with Boylesports