Racing Post Gold Cup Betting and Odds Focus: Sue Smith hoping Midnight Shadow will get up late

Planet Sport have all the betting, odds and news as Cheltenham prepares for its pre-Christmas meeting on Saturday, December 11. Midnight Shadow is after a rare Cheltenham double.

Midnight Shadow after a pair of Gold Cups

Sue Smith's Paddy Power Gold Cup winning Midnight Shadow is aiming to join an elite list that have gone on to clinch the Racing Post Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

The eight-year-old won the Paddy Power Gold Cup in November and will join Pegwell Bay, Senor El Betrutti and Exotic Dancer as winners of both races in the same season. Smith also runs Joke Dancer.

Jeremy Scott chose not to declare Dashel Drasher, meaning the weights are now headed by the Venetia Williams-trained Cepage.

Williams, who won the Ladbrokes Trophy with Cloudy Glen, is also represented by Farinet, last seen winning at Sandown in March on just his second outing for the yard.

Several of those who finished behind Midnight Shadow last month will take him on again.

Among them are Paul Nicholls' Lalor, Evan Williams' Coole Cody, who still held every chance when coming down two out, the Philip Hobbs pair of Dostal Phil and Zanza and Alan King's Deyrann Du Carjac.

Fusil Raffles, Silver Hallmark, Francky Du Berlais, Siruh Du Lac, Beakstown and Topofthecotswolds complete the field.

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