“Kauto Star belied his age with a breathtaking fifth success in the King George and only the bravest of punters would bet against him landing a third Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup at the Festival in March,” said Betfred spokesman George Primarolo.
Kauto Star’s victory gave no respite to the bookmakers, who were left reeling at Kempton after the first four favourites won, including the well-backed pair of Grands Crus and Binocular.
“Any chance of it being a bumper Boxing Day for the bookies evaporated after both Grands Crus and Binocular landed the spoils and Kauto Star’s record-breaking fifth victory in the King George means an estimated £5million will have been handed over to punters industry-wide,” said Betfred spokesman George Primarolo.
Stan James Champion Hurdle – Betfred bet: 7/4 Hurricane Fly, 6 Grandouet, 9 Spirit Son, Zarkandar, 12 (from 14) Binocular, Rock On Ruby, 14 Oscar Whisky, Thousand Stars, 20 Unaccompanied, 25 Brampour, Menorah, Oscars Well, Overturn, Sprinter Sacre, 33 The Real Article.
Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup – sponsors bet: 5/2 Long Run, 4 (from 10) Kauto Star, 10 (from 16) Grands Crus, 12 Quito de la Roque, 16 Captain Chris, Rubi Light, 20 Time For Rupert, Weird Al, 25 Diamond Harry, 33 Jessies Dream, 40 Bostons Angel, Burton Port, What A Friend.