One bad run does not make a bad horse and therefore Jonjo O’Neill believes that Kauto Star is a lively contender in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting at 8/1.
Kauto Star’s price has suitably lengthened since he disappointed as an odds-on favourite in the recent King George at Kempton, eventually finishing a hefty distance back in third behind Long Run.
However, it has since been identified that the horse was suffering with an infection, which would have impacted his performance on the day.
And O’Neill believes the horse should be forgiven for this run and given another chance by punters ahead of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
He said: “I wouldn’t take too much notice of his run in the King George. He didn’t travel through the race in the last mile like he normally does and he wasn’t the same Kauto.
“But he’s a fantastic horse and if he comes back right he’ll still take a lot of beating in the Gold Cup.”
Meanwhile, Kauto Star has also shown an ability in the past to bounce back with a victory in the race after he suffered a defeat, doing so on six of the seven times where he has not won.
Long Run has moved in the other direction since landing the King George and is now 5/1 in the Cheltenham betting to triumph in the Gold Cup.
However, he has failed to secure victory on either of his two previous visits to the course and 1963 was the last time that a six-year-old managed to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
This makes last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander potentially the biggest danger and he is 7/2 to take victory again.
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