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Sir Des Champs Gold Cup chances

Willie Mullins has been cleaning up at the Cheltenham Festival this week and he will be hoping that Sir Des Champs continues his fine record in this famous four-day event by winning the Betfred Gold Cup on Thursday evening.

Mullins hasn’t managed to train a winner in the Gold Cup through his incredible career, which is an incredible stat when you consider the success he has had recently.

The fact that the Irish trainer is representing Sir Des Champs is part of the reason for being one of the front-runners and he is currently at 4/1 with Boylesports to come out on top.

The bookmakers know they can’t afford to put a Mullins-trained horse down the pecking order in terms of the betting as he is in stunning form.

As for Sir Des Champs’ form, it has been decent, but not exactly Gold Cup-winning as he has just one victory in three races this campaign.

The French gelding has however, been victorious at Cheltenham in 2010 and 2011 and stepped-up in class each time. This is now a place where he is comfortable and confident of winning races.

He is now ready to compete in the toughest race of them all and of course needs the best run of his life to come out on top.

If you think this race is made for Sir Des Champs, then backing him to win by ten lengths or more is at 16/1 with SkyBet.

As far as betting offers go, this is certainly a long shot, but he is a horse that is more than capable of producing something special and stranger things have happened in the Festival, that’s for sure.

So, Sir Des Champs needs to produce the run of his life to come out on top – but under Willie Mullins – anything is possible.

Dynaste looking strong

Thursday’s Cheltenham action kicks-off with the Jewson Novices’ Chase and as ever at this enthralling Festival, it looks set to be a cracker that sets the tone for the rest of the day.

There are a number of possible contenders for this encounter but the favourite, Dynaste, is attracting a lot of attention at this stage.

Bet365 currently have the horse at 6/4 to come out on top here and some punters see that as excellent value when you consider the form he comes into this race in.

After a less than impressive run in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Festival last year, which saw the David Pipe-trained horse finish in eighth, he has moved to fences and looks incredibly strong this season.

The seven-year-old has three wins from as many races over fences and he was last seen winning a Grade One event at Kempton on Boxing Day, which as many know is a prestigious day in the National Hunt calendar.

He looks as though he is ready to shine on the biggest stage this year and a victory in this Jewson Novices’ Chase would show he is one of the best around.

Of course, nothing is won yet and you do not come out on top at Cheltenham unless you put in a big performance, so Pipe needs to make sure his preparation is spot-on ahead of a huge day for him.

Every trainer knows a win at the Festival is as good as it gets, so Pipe will want that spine-tingling feeling on Thursday as he sees Dynaste cross the finish line.

Ladbrokes have Aupcharlie as the 6/1 second favourite, so it is safe to say that Dynaste is the big favourite here. In terms of some other betting offers, Captain Conan is at 13/1 and Texan Jack at 10/1.

If on top of his game though, Dynaste should add a win at Cheltenham to his impressive career over fences.

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