Kempes sees Cheltenham Gold Cup odds slashed after Irish win

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All eyes will be on Cheltenham for the Gold Cup on Friday April 18th, and what a Gold Cup punters are in for.

Three previous winners are looking to add another Gold Cup to their already impressive resume, but there are plenty of up and coming chasers looking to disrupt the old guard.

Kempes is the latest to throw his name into the ring and the popular each-way bet for the Cheltenham Gold Cup before his win at the Irish Hennessey Gold Cup at Leopardstownon Saturday, has done his backers plenty of favours.

Kempes is now 16/1 from 40/1 to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and he is a serious contender on the face of his Irish Hennessey win.

An impressive performance around the toughest of Irish tracks stands the Willie Mullins-trained eight-year-old in good stead for an attack on the finest National Hunt chasers in running.

A patient and mature ride from David Casey saw his mount claw back China Rock to register his fourth win over fences, and Mullins will be sure to have Kempes fit and fighting for Cheltenham.

Last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander continues to top the betting at 7/2 while King George winner Long Run is the second-favourite at 11/2.

2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman is next in the betting at 6/1, while two-time Gold Cup winner Kauto Star is as big as 8/1.

Kempes joins Midnight Chase and Time For Rupert at 16/1, but on the basis of his latest performance, he would be the favoured horse of the trio to upset the market leaders.

A £25 stake on Kempes winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup would return £425. New customers can sign up here for a free Cheltenham Gold Cup bet worth £25.

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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.