Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Commander for the Cup

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Commander for the Cup

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THE Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the highlights of the whole year for me and I cannot wait for the roar as they go off at 3.20 today.

I will be in the crowd to cheer on these top-quality chasers all going for glory. I fell in love with the race after the great Arkle in the sixties.

However, as a bookmaker the race has never been that kind to me.

I think I paid out the whole of Manchester when Dawn Run won under Jonjo O'Neill in 1986. The great Desert Orchid hit the wallet hard in 1989; and then in the last 10 years it has just been a succession of big pay-outs with Best Mate's hat-trick and Kauto Star's brilliance in 2007 and 2009.

In fact, Kauto Star cost me over a million pounds in 2009 because I had taken the view a horse could not regain a Gold Cup. However I will not be wrong this year, as Kauto is now too old at 11 years of age to win this. …

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