December Gold Cup Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, Saturday 10th December 2016, Cheltenham, 13:50

The December Gold Cup, which has also been known as the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup since 2014, is a Grade 3 Handicap that takes place on the New Course at Cheltenham.

It’s run over a distance of around two miles and five furlongs with a 17 fences to be tackled in all. A competitive field of 16 runners has been declared including last year’s winner, Village Vic.

December Gold Cup Betting Offers and Free Bets

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December Gold Cup Betting Tips

  • Village Vic to win at 7/1 with Totesport
  • Full Shift each way at 16/1 with Betfred

Preview

There are a lot of serious contenders on the racecard for Saturday’s race so a look at the key December Gold Cup trends may help us trim the field a little. Nine of the last 10 winners had raced no more than 45 days beforehand and for eight of them, they finished in the top three places. Good form counts for a lot, although it’s important that a horse hasn’t had to work too hard this season as no horse in the last 10 years has featured more than three times before winning here.

Rather unsurprisingly given the sizeable and competitive field this race regularly attracts, the favourites haven’t been able to fare too well here. Poquelin is the only horse in the last 12 renewals to have won (2009) as the shortest priced option. Incidentally, he is also the only winner to have won as top weight in this time when winning again in 2010, although he did run 5lbs lighter thanks to a claimer. With four of the last 10 winners priced over 16/1, surprises are fairly common so it’s certainly worth looking for any under-priced options further down the betting.

Betting Verdict

Despite finishing fifth, almost seven lengths behind the winner, on his only outing this season, Bouvreuil heads the market at 13/2 (Sky Bet £10 no deposit free bet). It was an appearance which saw him beaten by three names that will feature this Saturday, Village Vic, Aso and Buywise. Out of these, Village Vic looks the most likely to edge out the rest once again. The nine year old was only a neck behind the winner Taquin Du Seuil during the BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase.

With the French runner a late withdrawal here, Village Vic’s biggest threat is now out of the way. He’s a horse with an excellent recent record at Cheltenham, two wins and a place from the last four attempts. Philip Hobbs’ horse has been well backed already in this race and there’s plenty of reason to join in before his price shortens further.

With some decently priced winner seen in recent years, backing an option each way looks like a smart thing to do. Nicky Henderson’s Full Shift runs off the lowest mark of nine stone nine pounds and could well surprise a few as a result. His better performances have come on good going which is the expected forecast at Cheltenham. He’s been here four times before, and while on three occasions he’s failed to make a mark, during March’s Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate he was able to secure a very credible placed finish. An inconsistent perform he may be but if he shows up today, which shouldn’t be beyond him, then he should stand a chance.

Whoever you fancy, be sure to check out our best free bets. Alternatively, take a look at our International Hurdle betting tips or our Cheltenham Festival betting overview for next year’s extravaganza!