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Following Kauto Star's fall at Ditcheat, Betfred Gold Cup betting odds and predictions have altered significantly. The horse has been given a 50/50 chance of competing as it is unknown if he will able to return to form in the lead up to the 2012 Cheltenham Festival. Due to the uncertainty surrounding Kauto Star, there are doubts regarding where to place bets for the Gold Cup race.

To keep horse racing fans up-to-date about the current situation, the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup site will help punters remain well-informed so that they are able to choose the most suitable Cheltenham Gold Cup odds based on the present state of affairs.

Paul Nicholls is positive that Kauto Star will recover in time. The trainer said: "It's getting better each day so we're still hopeful - we've still got a fortnight." Kauto Star has shocked horse racing professionals previously with an unexpected return to form. During 2010, many were calling for his retirement following a few unproductive months. Yet, the horse silenced critics by returning to success in 2011 and 2012. For the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup, the horse could make a similar comeback by returning from the injury stronger than ever.

However, it is important to remember that Kauto Star is a slightly older horse and it could take him a while to recover from such a fall. If the horse does not recuperate completely before the Betfred Gold Cup, Nicholls is unlikely to enter Kauto Star as it would be impractical for an unprepared horse to compete in such a high profile race.

If Kauto Star does not race, the Betfred Gold Cup could prove to be an easy win for Long Run as his only competition will come from the likes of Grands Crus and Burton Port. Prior to the injury, it was set to be a close call between Kauto Star and Long Run as both horses had won in previous years and have enjoyed strong seasons so far. It was even predicted that Kauto Star would easily outperform Long Run as the horse has beaten the 2011 Gold Cup winner in both the 2012 King George VI Chase and Betfair Chase.

Kauto Star is due to race at Prestbury Park this coming weekend. All eyes will be on the horse and if he performs well, it is likely that Nicholls will enter Kauto Star into the Betfred Gold Cup. Many horse racing fans will be eager for Kauto Star to recover in time as there is nothing better than watching a seasoned runner return to their former glory.

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