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BetVictor Gold Cup General Info
Established in 1960, this race has always been sponsored and as such has been known over the years as the Mackeson Gold Cup, Murphy’s Gold Cup and the Thomas Pink Gold Cup before the current sponsor took over the mantle in 2016.
It is run during Cheltenham’s November meeting over 2 miles 4½ furlongs, making it an ideal trial for the Ryanair Chase which is staged over the same distance. Since 2005 when the race replaced the Cathcart, seven BetVictor Gold Cup winners have gone on to run in the Ryanair with Imperial Commander managing to win the event in 2009.
This is a handicap race with Grade 3 status, and in 2019 it will be staged on Saturday November 16th and is worth a total of £160,000.
2019 BetVictor Gold Cup Key Runners
42 remain in the BetVictor Gold Cup at the ante post stage, a field which will be trimmed to 20 on the big day.
|Saint Calvados||6||TBC||Harry Whittingdon|
|Secret Investor||7||TBC||Paul Nicholls|
|Siruh Du Lac||6||TBC||Nick Williams|
|Slate House||7||TBC||Colin Tizzard|
|Us And Them||6||TBC||Joseph O’Brien|
2019 BetVictor Gold Cup Top Tips
After the defections of ante post fancies Kalashnikov, Saint Calvados and Knocknanuss, we’ve been forced to look elsewhere for our BetVictor Gold Cup bet.
Vying for favouritism in the race is Colin Tizzard’s 7-year-old Slate House, but a look through his form suggests a lot will depend on the ground. Both his general form and his speed ratings have reached a peak when the ground is soft or heavy and so things have fallen right for him, though he’s very much up in class now and faces much stiffer competition.
Brelan D’As has been rerouted here after his two-mile chase was cancelled following Friday’s abandonment, and while this isn’t his ideal distance, he remains a horse of interest. The fact this race is essentially a fallback for him doesn’t read very well though, so we couldn’t back him with any great confidence.
Having shown his best form over 2½ miles on heavy ground and been expected to improve, a very interesting candidate is Nigel Twiston-Davies’ seven-year-old Springtown Lake. True, his form took a dip towards the end of last season but he was a very promising novice and he can get a lot better yet. He appeared to need his reappearance run at Ascot in the Sodexho Gold Cup and he should be on top form this time, so at a very attractive price he gets the nod with Richard Johnson aboard.
BetVictor Gold Cup Bet: SPRINGTOWN LAKE
All eyes are on Amy Murphy’s Grade 1 winner and recent Old Roan Chase runner-up Kalashnikov here as there’s little doubt there’s more to come from him at this distance. Whether or not, given his Aintree form among other things, he truly wants this test around Cheltenham on the other hand is debatable.
Vying for favouritism in the ante post market is Colin Tizzard’s 7-year-old Slate House, but a look through his form suggests a lot will depend on the ground. Both his general form and his speed ratings have reached a peak when the ground is soft or heavy and so it seems his team will be relying somewhat on the rain.
The admirable Janika too is one who has put his best foot forward when the underfoot conditions are rather testing in nature, his recent Haldon Gold Cup win at Exeter off topweight complimenting brilliantly his second in the Stable Plate at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
That was a terrific performance and it’s very possible that he is still improving, however with another hike in the weights to come allied to the fact that we do not know how soft the ground will be on the day, he doesn’t really strike as the sort to wade in with in terms of an ante post bet.
The interesting one at this stage all things considered is Gary Moore’s 9-year-old Knocknanuss.
Having achieved his highest speed ratings and best form on differing ground he appears versatile as far as conditions go, making him a good ante post prospect, and a glance at his profile shows he improves markedly for his first run of the season meaning we can take heart from his third on reappearance at Cheltenham on heavy ground.
Ante Post Bet: KNOCKNANUSS
BetVictor Gold Cup Stats & Trends
15 of the last 19 BetVictor Gold Cup winners have gone on to run at the Festival, many of them very well, but as a handicap this is really a race for the “now” and so being well handicapped at the start of the season is crucial.
Look out for horses aged no older than 9 who are on the upgrade, or who may have run below par a couple of times last term and have therefore been lowered in the handicap.
BetVictor Gold Cup betting is always hot, so not too many go off at shorter prices. Just 5 out of 19 favourites have won the race, the average SP of winners since 2000 being just under 10/1, so you should tend to stay away from market leaders where possible.
By the same token though, 18 of 19 winners have been sent off at no bigger than 16/1 so the better, more fancied horses will go well meaning you can shorten your list of possibles right down.
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Bet Victor Cup Past Winners
BetVictor Gold Cup 2018 betting was as hot as ever, Mick Channon’s Mister Whitaker going off 6/1 favourite with plenty of money floating around the ring too for Rather Be (7/1) and Baron Alco (8/1) among others.
Having suffered a suspensory injury when second in the 2017 Stable Plate at the Festival, it was feared we may never see the best of Baron Alco again but that was truly laid to rest here.
After a full 577 days off the track, George Moore’s runner proved to be well-handicapped, jumped best of all and stayed on well to tough it out and win. Unfortunately though, further injury worries meant he did not run at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.
Here’s a look at the past BetVictor Gold Cup winners and how they fared at the big March meeting:
|2018||Baron Alco||7||Jamie Moore||George Moore||Did not race|
|2017||Splash Of Ginge||9||Tom Bellamy||Nigel Twiston-Davies||2nd in Stable Plate|
|2016||Taquin Du Seuil||9||Aidan Coleman||Jonjo O’Neill||2nd in Coral Cup|
|2015||Annacotty||7||Ian Popham||Alan King||11th in Ryanair Chase|
|2014||Caid Du Berlais||5||Sam Twiston-Davies||Paul Nicholls||16th in Stable Plate|