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2018 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup tips – 10/1 and 16/1 tips for Cheltenham on Saturday

Jonathan Vine 14 Dec 2018
Guitar Pete winning at Leopardstown earlier in this career.

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the Caspian Caviar and points out two horses for punters to back at Cheltenham on Saturday 15th December.

International Hurdle day at Cheltenham features many excellent races, but the one that gets punters excited the most is always the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. This two-and-a-half-mile handicap chase has been won by some outstanding horses, with greats like Pendil and Flyingbolt carrying weight in excess of 12-00 to victory during the early history of the race.

A number of familiar faces return to Cheltenham to take part in Saturday’s renewal of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup. Our expert has taken a look through the ante-post betting and come up with two betting suggestions.

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Tip One



The last three winners of this race had taken part in the BetVictor Gold Cup, so it’s no surprise to see the top four places in the betting occupied by those who ran in that race last month. Frodon ran a blinder off top-weight to claim second, while Rather Be’s fall on the second circuit ensures he returns to Cheltenham well-handicapped.

Baron Alco was my first tip for that handicap, so I was delighted to see Gary Moore’s charge get the victory. While I still feel there’s more to come from this talented horse, GUITAR PETE made encouraging late progress to claim third and Nicky Richards’ charge makes the most appealing case off his current weight of 9-13.

Last season, Guitar Pete followed a ninth-place finish in the BetVictor – where he was hampered at the first and never in a position to recover – with a nice victory here at Cheltenham, beating top-weight Clan Des Obeaux by three lengths. Richards’ eight-year-old ran another solid race at Cheltenham during the Festival too, passing the post sixth behind The Storyteller in the Brown Advisory Plate.

Some would say Guitar Pete was fortunate to get third last month, considering the amount of fallers around him in the race. However, he was forced to tread a fairly wide birth to avoid the carnage and I don’t think Brian Hughes was particularly hard on his mount down the home straight. Guitar Pete returns to Cheltenham just three pounds higher in the ratings and usually saves his best for this track. The defending champion can give a strong defence of his crown.

Foxtail Hill powers clear to win the Hugo's Restaurant Barbados Trophy at Cheltenham in 2017.


Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Tip Two



Cepage is an interesting contender, having run a decent race when fourth behind Traffic Fluide over course-and-distance here in April, on good ground which was a little too quick. Top Gamble is too classy to be overlooked, but I’m going to stick with my tactic of backing a front-runner with strong course form and go for FOXTAIL HILL as my second selection.

At the start of 2017, Foxtail Hill scored a career-best victory here at Cheltenham, defeating a quality field of rivals – which included Saphir Du Rheu, Aso and Shantou Flyer – to win the Barbados Trophy over this trip. After beating Le Prezien here at Cheltenham at the start of last season, results slipped a little during the rest of the campaign, with Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge finishing eighth in the BetVictor Gold Cup and sixth behind Guitar Pete 12 months ago.

Twiston-Davies sent his charge back to Cheltenham to defend his Randox Health Handicap crown on his reappearance in October. Sam Twiston-Davies’ mount ran another tidy race, but was just found a little wanting for pace on good ground as Modus and Duke Of Navan fought out the victory, staying on encouragingly for third.

That was far from a poor prep-run for the Caspian Caviar and Foxtail Hill travels to Cheltenham ten pounds lower in the ratings than the 147-mark he carried into battle last term. Softer ground should suit and, if he’s allowed to dictate the pace, he could be a big player come the end of the race.


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2018 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup tips – 10/1 and 16/1 tips for Cheltenham on Saturday

Our expert takes a look through the betting for the Caspian Caviar and points out two horses for punters to back at Cheltenham on Saturday 15th December.

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