Paul Nicholls has won four of the last ten renewals of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup including last year with four year old Frodon. Clan Des Obeaux looks the pick of his two entries after a half a length defeat to Ladbrokes Trophy runner up Whisper on seasonal debut before comfortably beating previous winner Vintage Clouds by seven lengths. His form looks strong and this progressive five year old is a leading contender @ 7/1. Stablemate Le Prezien has performed admirably in two similar handicaps at Cheltenham, is a consistent sort and should be thereabouts.
The Bet Victor Gold Cup often has a say in this race and winner Splash Of Ginge should return to attempt back to back wins but that is big ask and it may be worth looking further down the field for potential winners. The obvious one is Starchitect, closing fast on Splash Of Ginge in the Bet Victor, will likely reverse fortunes and along with Clan Des Obeaux looks the most likely winner @ 7/1. In fourth was the plugging on Ballyalton @ 10/1 who now looks well treated on the figures but whether this ten year old can find enough to fend off younger, improving types remains to be seen. At a price Guitar Pete ran a fair race into ninth having been hampered early by the falling Theinval and had Splash Of Ginge behind him on his penultimate start at Wetherby. He should go well and get closer to the leading pack @ 25/1.
O O Seven goes well at Cheltenham and has to be respected @ 14/1 after a good third at Newbury on his seasonal debut behind Oldgrangewood, but needs to find more at the weights. Course and distance winner King’s Odyssey lost his way somewhat last season but warmed up nicely at Carlisle on his reappearance and could go well for Evan Williams who knows how to get one ready for these big handicaps. Never underestimate the Skelton team and their Long House Hall is an intriguing runner @ 14/1, though this lightly raced nine year old does not have any form of note on soft ground.
Main contenders: Starchitect and Clan Des Obeaux both @ 7/1.
Long Shot: Guitar Pete @ 25/1