Monbeg Dude to Contest 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup

Welsh Grand National winner Monbeg Dude is set to make his Grade 1 debut after being entered for the Cheltenham Gold Cup that will be run as the feature race of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.

The eight-year-old, who is part-owned by former England rugby union captain Mike Tindall, was not expected to contest the race but connections made a last minute decision to give him a chance to replicate the feat of Synchronised who claimed the Welsh Grand National/ Cheltenham Gold Cup double last year.

Trainer Michael Scudamore said that the predicted soft condition of the ground played a major role in their decision.

“Looking at the race and speaking to the owners on Saturday the Gold Cup is now first choice, especially as it looks like being soft and one or two others might still go elsewhere,” Scudamore told The Racing Post.

Scudamore admitted that Monbeg Dude was not on the same level as Synchronised but was confident the son of Witness Box was good enough to score a high finish.

Paul Carberry can ride him again and will have him out the back again and hopefully he can stay on and pick up some prize-money towards the end,” Scudamore said.

“I’m not saying that is good enough to trouble the first few in the betting but we certainly couldn’t be happier with where he is.”

Monbeg Dude has also showed great potential but flaws in his jumping style kept him from achieving the results he was capable of.

Ever since he failed to finish a race at Cheltenham in October he has been schooled over jumps by Mary Bromiley which has had a clear impact on the gelding.

He scored at his next start in the Henrietta Knight Handicap Chase in November before defeating Teaforthree to win the Welsh Grand National.

Monbeg Dude is currently priced at 66/1 in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting market at Bet365 Bet365.

Bobs Worth (3/1) remains the favourite for the Gold Cup followed by Sir Des Champs (9/2), Silviniaco Conti (4/1) and Long Run (13/2).

You can find the best Cheltenham Gold Cup odds at Bet365 Bet365

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