Today marks the end of what has been an excellent festival. The majority of the bookmakers’ betting offers for Cheltenham will revolve around the Gold Cup today, and hopefully the events earlier in the week from Champion’s Day, Ladies Day, and Paddy’s Day won’t have left them reeling. With last year’s winner Don Cossack out of the running for the Gold Cup today we have an exciting race on our hands. There’s plenty more action to look forward too, though.
Gold Cup Day Betting Offers & Free Bets
This race made history last year when Ivanovitch Gorbachov won as it was trained by Aiden O’Brien but son Joseph took all the plaudits as he had got the horse ready and it was seen by many as his first Festival winner.
This is another tricky handicap and gambles are often laid out well in advance. Last year’s winner was such a case with the well backed Superb Story giving brothers Dan and Harry Skelton their first Festival winner.
This is run over 3m for staying novice hurdlers. It was won by the Gold Cup winner Bobs Worth in 2011 and by Unowhatimeanharry last year.
This is the jewel in the crown and the highlight of the four days. Arkle, Dawn Run, Desert Orchid, Golden Miller, Kauto Star, Best Mate: the list is endless and the memories plentiful. Last year’s winner Don Cossack has been retired, along with news that Coneygree won’t be racing either, so a new name will be on the Cup this year, and the chances are it will be trained by Colin Tizzard, who currently has the first three in the betting.
This third and final race for amateurs is run over the same course and trip as the Gold Cup. This race aroused as much media attention as the Gold Cup last year as Olympic Gold medallist Victoria Pendleton rode Pacha de Polder to a gallant fifth.
This is named in honour of the great trainer who supplied 34 Festival winners. Restricted to conditional jockeys, this race went to Jack Sherwood last year for Paul Nicholls. Jack is the son of Simon Sherwood, who rode Desert Orchid to Gold Cup victory.
For the final race of the Festival, it would pay to concentrate on what is saddled by Nicky Henderson as the race is named in honour of his father. Last year’s winner Solar Pulse was returned at 28/1 and that was a welcome relief to the bookmakers, who had encountered a bruising four days.