The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race run on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse in England, over a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs (5,331 m), and during its running there are 22 fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.
It will soon be time for the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup which will take place at the Prestbury Park racecourse on Friday 13th March, the final day of the 4 day National Hunt festival.
As always the antepost Cheltenham Festival betting is lively with Silviniaco Conti at the top of the market at a solid 3/1 following his impressive win in the King George XI Chase on Boxing Day where he put in an impressive display of jumping. (video below)
Next in the betting is the Noel Meade trained Road To Riches at 8/1 generally who won the Lexus Chase beating On His Own and Sam Winner. His jumping has appeared to improve in his most recent outings and this horse could still be improving.
Last year’s winner Lord Windermere who was the first Irish-trained Gold Cup winner for eight years, is available at 14/1. It was a very strange and dramatic race last year with about 5 horses in with a chance jumping the last fence. The current theory in the Gold Cup market seems to be that this race was an oddity, with little pace and a blanket finish won by Lord Windermere after a sprint up the hill.
Of the other fancied horses, Holywell is 14/1 and the winner from two years ago Bobs Worth is 16/1 to repeat that feat.
In 2009, Kauto Star became the first horse to regain the Gold Cup. He overcame his stablemate and conqueror in 2008, Denman, who had recovered from a heart condition to take his place in the race. Timeform spokesperson Kieran Packman said of Kauto Star’s performance, “it is the best Gold Cup-winning figure since the Arkle era in the mid-1960s”.
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