Dec 14 2018
Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Tips and Betting Offers, 1:35pm at Newmarket, Saturday 15th December 2018
This weekend’s highlight comes at Cheltenham on Saturday, in the December Gold Cup. As we move towards 2019, there are still a few big meetings to come this month. The pick of Cheltenham’s big winter meeting looks set to be a pretty open contest, but just who is going to take first place? Ahead of the December Gold Cup, here is our guide to the latest betting odds, shifts and tips.
Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Betting Tips and Free Bets
- Baron Alco To Win at 6/1 with BetVictor
- Casablanca Mix Each Way at 14/1 with Ladbrokes
Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Betting Offers
The Gold Cup has a pretty wide field ahead of Saturday, which is currently being led by Rather Be. Nicky Henderson’s charge is aiming to land him another success, as the trainer last won here back in 2011. While the bookies are clearly quite keen – Rather Be is priced up at 3/1 with bet365 – we aren’t that sure that the favourite will come away with glory. With plenty of options to run through, we see better value at bigger prices further down in the field.
We’re looking at the current second favourite, Baron Alco. There’s a hefty gap between first and second in the betting, but we don’t think that will translate to this weekend’s race. Baron Alco is trained by Gary Moore, and he’s racked up an impressive record of seven wins from 19. However, he’s not overly experienced – which serves him well here.
The recent trend of winners in this race is that they’ve been eight or under, something which seven-year-old Baron Alco slots into well. He’s also got some wonderful form driving him on here, after winning the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month. He’s made the top two in seven straight races, and we expect him to kick on and claim a win here. Priced up at 6/1 with BetVictor, the second-favourite does have a much more tempting price.
However, if you still want a price which goes a little further, then we’ve also picked out an each-way contender. Nicky Henderson’s Casablanca Mix is six-years old, but two second place finishes in the last couple of months have set her out as a potential surprise contender for this one. Her last win came just over a year ago, but the recent successes could point to a challenge.
Nico de Boinville should get her in contention, after taking Casablanca Mix to a solid finish at Kempton the last time these two were paired together. We think that Henderson’s outsider could defy her odds of 14/1 with Ladbrokes, so a slightly bigger option may be worth backing here. Even if she can’t keep up at the very front, recent form suggests that a top three finish isn’t out of the question. For that reason, Casablanca Mix is our each-way pick.