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.