The biggest horse racing festival of the year is currently underway as Cheltenham started on 14 March this year. The four-day event concludes on Friday with one of the richest events in UK horse racing – the Gold Cup.
Don Cossack, ridden by Bryan Cooper came home as the winner in this event last year having started as the 9/4 favourite. It was the first time since 2013 that the bookies’ favourite won the Gold Cup since Barry Geraghty rode Bobs Worth home with starting odds of 11/4.
This year promises to be an exciting event once again. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power have three joint-favourites for Friday’s race, with Native River, Djakadam and Cue Card all currently priced at 7/2 to win the big one. For those interested in Cheltenham Gold Cup betting, Native River heads into the Cheltenham Gold Cup in fine form having won each of its last three races at Newbury and Chepstow.
Meanwhile, French horse Djakadam has won only one of its last six races, though has placed in five of those races. Perpetual winner Ruby Walsh will be riding the horse who opened up as the bookmakers’ third favourite.
Cue Card has won two of its last three races – at Haydock and Ascot, whilst finishing runner-up in a five horse race at Kempton. Jockey P J Brennan heads into Cheltenham on the back of a poor run.
Since 2003, eight of the 14 pre-race favourites have gone on to win the big race. Punters may want to keep a close eye on which horse’s odds drop just before the go to see if their horse starts as the favourite.