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Huge Betting Value in Cheltenham Gold Cup 2018

by International Correspondent

The Cheltenham Festival 2018 features 28 stunning races, including some of the most important events in the national hunt (jumps) racing calendar. The four-day event (13th-16th March) will host the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle, all of which are regarded among the premier events in the British racing season. However, the Festival concludes with the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup, an event that is shaping up to be a thriller in 2018.

The Gold Cup is responsible for making the names of some legendary horses down the years, with the likes of Golden Miller, Arkle and, in more recent times, Kauto Star joining the pantheon of horse racing greats by winning the marquee race of the Festival.

This year Might Bite is the early favourite to win the Gold Cup, with plenty of punters parting with cash after his King George VI Chase win in December. The current odds for the Nicky Henderson trained horse are sitting around 3/1. However, the Gold Cup has been won by the favourite only on four out of the last ten occasions, so there is still a chance for price-savvy bettors.

Some runners who might upset the odds are discussed below. Be careful though, the betting picture for Cheltenham is ever-changing as we approach the start of the Festival, so check out Betting Tips: Cheltenham Festival 2018 to keep yourself abreast of the latest odds, tips and free bets.

Sizing John: Odds: 7/1

Last year’s Gold Cup winner still has much to offer, despite a poor showing in his last race. If, as some have speculated, that was indeed just an off day, then the 7/1 offered by William Hill may just be a bargain for a horse that has been largely imperious ever since coming under the tutelage of trainer Jessica Harrington in 2016.  Could be one of those hindsight moments where bettors curse themselves for ever doubting him.

Native River: Odds: 10/1

A really interesting candidate. Native River has only been in a competitive race twice since winning the Welsh Grand National in 2016. One of those races was his third place to Sizing John in the Gold Cup last year. He has all the attributes to be a winner of Cheltenham’s biggest prize, so it is worth keeping an eye on signals from his training yard. Certainly, he is one to watch.

Killultagh Vic: Odds: 14/1

Killultagh Vic was unbeaten in five races before falling at the final fence when leading the Irish Gold Cup in early February. He is a superb horse though, one who has often displayed the grit and stamina required to win a Gold Cup. The fact he is priced at single figures with some bookmakers proves he is respected. An excellent chance.

Definitly Red: Odds: 16/1 

Like Killultagh Vic, Definitly Red has been rattling the betting markets after his superb victory in the Cotswold Chase in early February. The Gold Cup suits horses in peak form and Definitly Red seems to have rediscovered his best at the right time. Definitely worth a look.