Star's turn at Punchestown - Guinness Gold Cup update
Kauto Star is 11-10 market leader with William Hill for Wednesday's Guinness Gold Cup at Punchestown, where a final field of 8 have been declared for the three-mile-one highlight.
Paul Nicholls' celebrated chaser will be making his first outing at the County Kildare venue, but is unbeaten in two trips to Ireland with victories at Down Royal.
Irish Hennessy winner Kempes, back on home turf after pulling up at Cheltenham, is 7-2 second-favourite, whilst Aintree Festival winner Nacarat is priced at 9-2.
Lucy Rhodes, spokeswoman for William Hill, said, ‘As you'd expect in the Guinness Gold Cup the home charge is staunch, however Kauto's last victory came with a successful raid on Emerald shores.'
Guinness Gold Cup: 11-10 Kauto Star, 7-2 Kempes, 4-1 Nacarat, 14-1 Roberto Goldback, Tranquil Sea, 16-1 Follow The Flag, 20-1 Rare Bob, 33-1 Vic Venturi, (EW 1/5 1,2,3)
Guinness Gold Cup match bet: Britain 8-13 vs 6-5 Ireland