Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tips – 16th March 2018
The Cheltenham Festival is the best four days of National Hunt racing you’ll find all year. Horse Racing fans and punters tune in from all around the world during the week but particularly for the feature race of the entire Festival, the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
This Grade 1 contest is the race that trainers, jockeys and owners of jumps horses all want to get their hands on.
It’s a three mile, two furlong (5,331m) race with 22 fences to be navigated throughout. That distance, coupled with the stiff hill at the end of Cheltenham’s New course, makes the Gold Cup a real test of stamina but it also takes a certain amount of pace to win.
Although some of the leading contenders in the ante post betting for the Gold Cup have unfortunately pulled out, it’s left us with an open race and plenty to ponder from a betting perspective.
Past Five Winners
2017 – Sizing John, aged 7, ridden by Robbie Power, trained by Jessica Harrington
2016 – Don Cossack, aged 9, ridden by Bryan Cooper, trained by Gordon Elliott
2015 – Coneygree, aged 8, ridden by Nico de Boinville, trained by Mark Bradstock
2014 – Lord Windermere, aged 8, ridden by Davy Russell, trained by Jim Culloty
2013 – Bobs Worth, aged 8, ridden by Barry Geraghty, trained by Nicky Henderson
Soft Ground Playing Havoc at Cheltenham
There aren’t many things you can’t bet on at the Cheltenham Festival. Some punters like to bet on what the going will be on the first day of the meeting but usually there is no point because it’s almost always good to soft.
Not this year though. Snow and rain in Gloucestershire in the weeks leading up to the Festival left the going official soft, heavy in places for the first time in years.
That has played havoc for punters with ante post positions and it’s already cost some favourites in the first couple of days.
The going will also have a big impact on the Gold Cup. If the going does get closer to good, we’d suggest betting on the favourite Might Bite and Road To Respect who looks a good each-way shot.
However, with more rain in the forecast it makes sense to focus on horses who are proven on softer ground and we’ve found two worth siding with.
Our Duke to Thrive in Softer Conditions
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a genuine test of stamina but it takes more than just a big heart to win this world renowned race. Gold Cup horses must have a certain amount of pace and it’s a supposed lack of pace that has stopped some punters from backing Our Duke.
Jessica Harrington’s eight-year-old does, however, love racing on soft and heavy ground.
Our Duke proved his ability when there is cut in the ground by winning last time out at Gowran and his previous performances suggest the Gold Cup trip will be no problem.
Like many previous Gold Cup winners, Our Duke is in his second season as a chaser and at $7.00 with Ladbrokes he is well placed to provide Harrington with her second Gold Cup win in as many years.
Edwulf’s Chances Better Than His Odds Suggest
Before Our Duke won at Gowran, he was beaten into fourth in the Irish Gold Cup. For Harrington, Our Duke’s appearance was more important than the result but for connections of Edwulf, the result was all important.
Edwulf proved his stamina by winning on heavy ground at Leopardstown. Although he’s clearly a quirky horse, all of Edwulf’s wins have come when the going was soft or heavy and he must be considered a value each-way bet at $17 with Sportsbet.
Top Betting Tips
Our Duke to win at $7.00 with Ladbrokes
Edwulf each-way at $17 with Sportsbet