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BetVictor Gold Cup Preview: Rather Be can call the tune
Adam Houghton previews the BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham on the Saturday of the November Meeting and fancies a horse named after a chart-topping single to land the spoils at 5/1.
The race now known as the BetVictor Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious and informative handicaps in the National Hunt calendar, with several horses who have gone on to contest the biggest prize of them all, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, featuring on the roll of honour.
Nigel Twiston-Davies won the race in 2008 with Imperial Commander – who went on to land the following season’s Gold Cup, of course – and the local trainer could field up to three runners on Saturday in his bid for a fifth success overall, headed by last year’s winner Splash of Ginge.
Splash of Ginge loves it around Cheltenham, with all three of his career wins over fences having come at this venue, and he proved better than ever when also finishing second behind The Storyteller at the Festival here in March. He is entitled to strip fitter for his return over hurdles at Newbury recently, with this race always likely to have been his major target in the first half of the season, but the problem for him is that he arrives here on a mark 7 lb higher than when successful 12 months ago, and he doesn’t appeal as a likely sort to emulate the likes of Bradbury Star and Cyfor Malta as multiple winners of this valuable prize.