We are just a couple of weeks away from the first big handicap of the jumps season, the Bet Victor Gold Cup which takes place on November 18th. This is always a fiercely competitive race and this year looks no different, with a whole host of horses looking likely to be involved. However, one horse has been promoted to favourite for the race and that horse is Romain De Senam, who has already won two races this season and laid out his credentials.
Romain De Senam is currently best priced 10/1 favourite for the Bet Victor Gold Cup, with many people backing him after his thrilling performance at Chepstow on his seasonal reappearance. Since then he has run again at Stratford, and while that was not as impressive, the race came just six days after his Chepstow success so it is highly likely the horse was not 100%. He did enough to win though and has improved his handicap mark to the point where he looks certain to run in the Cheltenham feature in November.
The race he reappeared in at Chepstow was a very good race, and the way he came away from the field that day was highly impressive. He looked like a very well handicapped horse and that is the reason so many people have backed him because they believe there is more to come and after watching him, not many would disagree. He had some good horses behind him at Chepstow, including the second horse Double Shuffle, who came close in a Grade Three handicap at Kempton towards the back end of last season.
While the victory at Stratford was not as visually impressive, he did have Burtons Well behind him that day, beating him by a neck. Burtons Well looks to be improving and potentially very well handicapped horse, who is still lightly raced. We will see much more of Burtons Well throughout this season and he could go on to prove the form of that Stratford contest was not a fluke.
We will not see Romain De Senam now until the Bet Victor Gold Cup, he will be given time to recover from his two races. He will come back 100% fit, and also race fit after two runs, an advantage he will have on a lot of the field who will be running for the first time in the race at Cheltenham.
Romain De Senam looks to be a worthy favourite at this stage for the Bet Victor Gold Cup and is a potentially exciting horse to follow this season. Things have not gone right for him in the past, but this could be the season that Paul Nicholls finally has him worked out and if that is the case then who knows how high he can climb in the rankings. He looks to be moving in the right direction, so will arrive at the Cheltenham Open meeting in top form and looking well handicapped.