Caspian Caviar December Gold Cup Tips and Betting Offers, Cheltenham, Saturday 16th December 2017

There are several excellent races during the International meeting at Cheltenham but none are quite as exciting for punters as the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. Widely known as the December Gold Cup, this Grade 3 handicap was first run back in 1963. A major part of the race’s intrigue is that the leading contenders from November’s BetVictor Gold Cup often do battle again and that’s the case this year as Splash of Ginge looks for back to back Cheltenham successes.

Caspian Caviar December Gold Cup Betting Tips and Offers

As ever with every winner at Cheltenham, the victorious horse in the December Gold Cup will need to display a big heart to cope with the tough finish. Before even getting to the famous hill at the end of the two mile, five furlong race, the 11 competitors must successfully navigate 17 fences. Clearly, top class jumping ability is a given when it comes to picking a December Gold Cup winner but what other stats should you consider?

The most important thing to consider is recent form. Only two of the last 15 winners of the December Gold Cup hadn’t had at least one run in the lead up to the race. The high calibre of competition and demanding nature of Cheltenham on soft ground makes it very tough for horses coming off a long break. Furthermore, 12 of those 13 came into the December Gold Cup on the back of a top three finish last time out.

It’s also important to take age into account. It takes a blend of youth and experience to win this one. Every winner since 1993 was under nine but it’s rare to have a December Gold Cup winner without at least two previous triumphs over fences.

Although Splash of Ginge does tick many boxes for this year’s edition, the BetVictor Gold Cup winner is priced at a general 10/1 with the bookies. While he’s relatively unfancied, the money is flowing in for the horse he pipped by a neck last month, Starchitect.

David Pipe’s six-year-old could well have got the win but for an extra furlong and yet he won his seasonal reappearance over 19 furlongs at Stratford. Those two most recent performances have seen Starchitect punished by the handicapper but is still off a lower mark than he reached over hurdles. If Starchitect goes round without making any jumping mistakes he could well reverse the form from last month to win at 6/1 with Ladbrokes.

On paper, Guitar Pete’s ninth place finish in the BetVictor Gold Cup was a disappointing result that suggest he lacks the class to land a race of this calibre. However, were it not for a stroke of bad fortune at the very first fence it could have been very different for Nicky Richards’ seven-year-old.

Unlike some others, he looks to be well treated by the handicapper while jockey, Ryan Day’s claim makes Guitar Pete all the more appealing at 14/1 with Betfred.

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