After Saturday's thrilling Betfair Chase, won in supreme style by Cue Card, Timeform take a look at the movers in the market for both the King George VI Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup...
"It seems that punters are just as confident that Cue Card will put up a bold display at Kempton, with the seven-year-old now heading the market at [3.85] having been matched at around [14.0]..."
The top-class Cue Card added a fourth Grade 1 success to his CV with victory in a superb renewal of the Betfair Chase at Haydock, a race which brought together both past and present Cheltenham Gold Cup champions in Long Run and Bobs Worth, former Betfair Chase hero Silviniaco Conti and Dynaste, who looked so good in his first season over fences last term.
The Colin Tizzard-trained Cue Card was right at the top of his game, recording a performance on a par with his efforts in last season's Ryanair Chase and when following home the mighty Sprinter Sacre at Aintree, and having fully proven his stamina for three miles, connections will be hopeful that the King George VI Chase, staged at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, can provide further riches.
It seems that punters are just as confident that Cue Card will put up a bold display at Kempton, with the seven-year-old now heading the market at [3.85] having been matched at around [14.0]. It seems unlikely that Bobs Worth, who disappointed at Haydock, will turn up there, so his main rival could well be Dynaste, also matched at [14.0] but currently trading at [5.6].
It's easy to see why Cue Card heads the market, as he's rated second only to Sprinter Sacre on Timeform's list of chasers in training, though there is every chance that Dynaste, four and a half lengths behind Cue Card on Saturday, will give him a run for his money and it would be foolish to discount Al Ferof who, like Dynaste, confirmed his well-being at the weekend when winning at Ascot. Paul Nicholls' grey currently trades at [9.6], down from a high of [24.0].
Clearly there's plenty of water to flow under the bridge between now and Cheltenham, but the Gold Cup market is an interesting one nonetheless. Having been backed at [48.0] Cue Card is now available at [8.6], with Dynaste into [15.5].
Standing firm at the top of the market however is Bobs Worth, winner of the race 12 months ago and unbeaten in five appearances at Cheltenham. The eight-year-old will probably head for the Argento Chase in January and, were he to impress there, his current price of [6.2] would be rather tempting.
Another to throw into the mix is Sir Des Champs, who currently trades at [7.0] but is yet to be seen on a racecourse this season. He could run in the John Durkan Memorial Chase on December 8, a race in which he finished second last year prior to running in the Lexus Chase just after Christmas.