There is no bigger day in British horse racing than that of Gold Cup day, which has viewers tuning in from across the world to see which star fairs best over the 3m2f circuit at Cheltenham.
Gold Cup Betting Tips
Last year’s Gold Cup winner BOBSWORTH leads the betting again this time round with Sky Bet offering the best odds of 15/8. Henderson’s class-act remains unbeaten at Prestbury Park and ignoring his blip at Haydock, looks to have a great chance again.
Siviniaco Conti is the second favourite for the big race, with a number of leading firms offering the best price of 3/1. Paul Nicholls’ eight-year-old fell in the race last year, but ran well on his reappearance at Haydock when Bobsworth was behind before winning the King George on Boxing Day in superb style.
Last Instalment is a 7/1 shot for Philip Fenton and is sure to give a good account under Bryan Cooper. He won the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February, beating Tidal Bay comfortably, whilst Gold Cup rival First Lieutenant could only manage third.
Champion Jockey A P McCoy is partnering with Nicky Henderson to ride his stable’s second string, Triolo D’Alene. He won a Grade 3 at Newbury over this distance in November and should run well. David Bridgwater enters The Giant Bolster for a third consecutive year after he finished second in 2012 and fourth last year. He can never be ruled out of the place positions and if he runs a perfect round, may go close at valuable odds of 16/1 with William Hill.
Triumph Hurdle Betting Tips
Calipto leads the betting for the Triumph Hurdle, a race which Our Conor won so dominantly last year. Paul Nicholls’ four-year-old won easily at Newbury in February over 2m and is sure to turn up for this. Broughton is another who has been backed since his fine win at Musselburgh, where he won by 5l on soft ground.
The ground is likely to be a lot harder than what they have both ran on previously, however they should still be able to make bold bids. Royal Irish Hussar finished third in a Grade 2 over 2m in December but is sure to run well in this. He is likely to need improvement, as are the impressive Rutherglen and Gitane Du Berlais.
Vincent O’Brien Handicap Hurdle Tips
The Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle remains one of the most competitive races on the final day of the festival. Arctic Fire is the leading contender at 8/1 with Paddy Power, whilst David Pipe’s Baltimore Rock and Philip Hobbs’ Cheltenian are the next two in the betting.
The latter will love the conditions and is sure to run well at decent value, whilst Lac Fontana is another who will give a good account for Nicholls. Lac Fontana won well over 2m last time out, beating Totalize by three lengths.
Baltimore Rock won a Grade 3 in decent fashion and Cheltenian finished fourth last time, four lengths behind Splash Of Ginge.
Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle Tips
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle is lined up to be a thriller, with Willie Mullins’ Briar Hill now a very short priced favourite. Bet365 offer the best price of 5/4 for the horse that was 4/1 second favourite just over a week ago.
Mullins’ favourite won well at the festival last year when landing the Champion Bumper at odds of 25/1. He then went on to win three more decent contests and comes here in fantastic form.
King’s Palace is now the 4/1 second favourite for the race, after being favourite for a long time following the demolition of his opponents in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in December. He won that race by 14 lengths without putting a foot wrong and jumped perfectly.
It certainly won’t be easy for the favourite though and with Tom Scuadmore aboard, Pipe’s second favourite still looks a good bet for a horse in fantastic form. He has ran over 3m and won comfortably with minimal effort. Briar Hill is yet to run the distance, so this one is sure to be one of the best contests of the day.
Harbour Court is likely to run well in the Foxhunter Chase, with nearly all leading firms offering 4/1. He won easily at Cheltenham last year and went on to impress in his win at Stratford. He was brought down by a faller at Kelso last time but could feature prominently in this race that he is sure to be suited by.
Tammys Hill and last year’s faller Oscar Delta both represent decent value, whilst Certain Flight is sure to run a good race and symbolises nice value at 20/1 with Bet Victor.
The penultimate race of the festival is a very tricky one for punters and small bets are advised. Vieux Lion Rouge has won three in a row and represents value, as does Caid Du Berlais for Paul Nicholls.
Two others that stick out to me are Nicky Henderson’s Full Shift and Warren Greatrex’s Dolatulo. Both represent fine value and should be suited to this race, so we can expect some big performances.
Mr Mole should be suited by a fast pace in the Grand Annual on Friday and could be well handicapped for a fine performance. Next Sensation has won three of his last four and is expected to perform well under Richard Johnson, whilst Ned Buntline has also been backed.
On a day of very competitive and tricky racing, it is great that Bet365 offer a Non-runner, No bet offer which is sure to be a relief to some punters betting. This ensures that any bets on horses that are later withdrew from a race will be refunded.
Another great Bet365 offer is the best odds guaranteed on every single race. This works well for all bets because if a punter bets on a horse which later drifts in price, the best price will be taken as the race starts to improve value.
They also offer exclusive deals for all races televised on Channel 4. If a punter backs a winner at odds of 4/1 or better, they will receive a free bet of the same stake for the following race. This means that the more bets won, the more free bets!
Finally, in a festival with so many competitive races, the 1/4 odds a place that will be offered is great for those backing each-way.
BETS OF THE DAY:
BOBSWORTH @ 13/8
KINGS PALACE @ 4/1
CERTAIN FLIGHT E/W @ 20/1
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