Kauto Star cut for Gold Cup as punters flock to two-time winner

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The defeat in the King George VI Chase saw all the market confidence behind Kauto Star in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting disappear.

But the Paul Nicholl-trained star has come in for huge support in the past 24 hours as the Cheltenham Festival draws ever closer and Kauto Star is now 11/2 from 7/1 to win the Gold Cup.

At one point since his third place in the King George Kauto Star was as big as 12/1 to win the Gold Cup, and the two-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner is starting to win back the punters faith with just 14 days until the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Ruby Walsh rode Kauto Star at Paul Nicholls Ditcheat stable on Tuesday and Nicholls confirmed he was delighted with Kauto’s workout which may explain the sudden shift in support.

Cheltenham Festival preview nights have been taking place across Britain and Ireland over the past couple of days and it could be that as the excitement builds, so does the thought that Kauto Star can complete a remarkable third Gold Cup win.

It’s a seriously significant price change considering the lack of confidence that was about after his King George defeat, and Kauto Star is now shorter than stablemate Denman (6/1) in the Gold Cup betting.

As a result Diamond Harry is out to 10/1 to win the Gold Cup with the first four in the betting starting to define the market.

Imperial Commander, 7/2, and Long Run, 5/1, are the only two horses now ahead of Kauto Star in the Gold Cup betting as the first four start to draw away from the rest of the field.

Denman at 6/1 is the biggest of the four but Diamond Harry and Kempes are closest to Denman at 10/1.

A £25 stake on Kauto Star winning the Gold Cup would return £162.50. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.