Champ is 2nd favorite for Cheltenham Gold Cup after impressive Newbury outing

Horse Racing tips: Here’s 8 we rate at Market Rasen on SundayChamp has halved in price for the Cheltenham Gold Cup next month, thanks to a prep run here which was about as impressive as a beaten effort could be. Considering he had not raced for 11 months and was facing specialist two-milers when he wants to go half as far again, it was a serious effort to finish just two lengths behind Sceau Royal and he is now 6-1 second-favorite for the Festival highlight, having been 12-1 hours before.

Some were inclined to fear Nicky Henderson had forgotten how to train when the Lambourn man announced Champ would line up in the Game Spirit rather than the longer Denman. The horse had, after all, looked every inch a stayer when making a late charge to land the RSA last March and there was every reason to worry that his jumping would suffer at two-mile pace, Champ having put himself on the deck two races ago…

Horses You Should Consider Betting on at Cheltenham in 2020

Steeplechase scene black whitePart of the thrill of being at Cheltenham and placing a bet on your favourite horse is that you never really know how it might perform on the day. Most people bet on horses with the most favourable odds or most promising tips as outlined in Cheltenham betting offers. While this is a good strategy for success, it doesn’t always work. It is surprising just how many times the underdog has come out on top at Cheltenham, particularly the younger up and coming horses.

 

Horses by Trainer 

Willie Mullins. Willie Mullins remains the trainer to keep your eye on this year. He is, of course, the all-time leading trainer with 65 total wins. This year is set to be equally impressive, with two out of 31 entries for the 2020 Champion Hurdle with Aramon and Sharjah. There’s also the chance he could be supplementing Benie des Dieux.

Gordon Elliott. Producing three winners last year, he’s supposed to achieve great things once again. Keep your eyes peeled for Abacadabras (supreme) and Champagne Classic in the National Hunt Chase.

Nicky Henderson. As usual, Nicky has several up and coming horses such as Shishkin (supreme), Champ (RSA) and other contenders for the Championship Hurdle and Gold Cup. Other horses to look out for include Epatante (10/3) which featured a great boxing day win at Kempton. Santini also got back on track at the previous Blue Ribans chase so could be another horse worth watching in 2020.

 

Horses by Jockey 

Ruby Walsh. In the history of Cheltenham, Ruby Walsh still remains number one, despite being retired since May. He’s achieved an astounding 59 total wins thanks to superb horses like Klassical Dream in the Supreme Novices Hurdle and again in the 1998 Champion Bumper. Further wins were also achieved in 2009 and 2016.

Paul Townend. There are many horses to consider betting on this year for Paul. These include Asterion Forlonge (supreme), Benie des Dieux, Chacun Pour Sol, Faugheen and Min. All these horses are predicted to be heading towards grade one events. Desert Hero has been particularly impressive, achieving several back to back wins.

Davy Russell. Achieving a total of nine wins since 2015 from 66 rides, this isn’t expected to stop any time soon. The novice Envoi Allen has performed fantastically and is now heading to grade one this time around.

Nico de Boinville. Since 2005, Nico has won nine races from forty-nine rides in total. Who knows whether he will win the second Gold Cup with Santini this year.

 

Promising Horses at the 2020 Trials 

Galahad Quest. JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2). This 6/1 horse from Nicky Williams and Harry Cobden played a great position just behind the lead. An inexperienced horse that will only get better and better as long as he runs on the right ground.

Simply the Betts. Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase. The odds are 11/2 with this horse by Harry Whittington and Gavin Sheenan. Despite not having a precise rhythm last time around Kempton, he finished the second day with great form. Depending on the ground he’s travelling on, he should be able to jump well but needs to improve if he’s to rise in the rankings.

Cepage. Paddy Power 45 Sleeps to Cheltenham Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3). Cepage played an excellent performance despite his smaller size. Although the ground slowed him down last time, he’s also displayed impressive performances for Ryanair and is definitely a reliable jumper.

Bristol de Mai & Santini. Paddy Power Cotswold Chase (Grade 2). Santini is dubbed 13/8 in the 2020 renewal whereas Bristol de Mai did over three lengths with an impressive effort. It is a powerful horse which is still learning and has every chance in the Gold Cup.

Harry Senior. Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2). This horse, by Colin Tizzard and Robbie Power at odds of 4/1, is a high performing six-year-old which stays strong throughout and is on peak form. This horse fits perfectly into the Albert Bartlett race, despite struggling slightly at the bottom of the hill. Potential improvements may be seen on the day if the ground is suited to Harry Senior.

Paisley Park. Galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (Grade 2). It is very much business as usual for Paisley Park with a 4/6 odds of it being a favourite. This eight-year-old achieved success for a second time, winning the G2 Galliard Homes.com Cleeve Hurdle. It will be interesting to see how he does for the G1 Paddy Power Stayer Hurdle. He tends to approach fast and is a great jumper. This could be due to his break from Ascot.

Back on the Lash. This horse has achieved local success recently with 13/2 odds for Jonathan Burke. This six-year-old horse was able to surpass Lust for Glory by 3.25 lengths.

Three big questions ahead of the Cheltenham Gold Cup

The 2020 Cheltenham Festival is less than two months away and already punters are gearing up to one of the biggest highlights in the jump racing calendar. The entries to this year’s Gold Cup have been announced and even at this early stage, many are checking out the latest odds in Cheltenham betting with Paddy Power. But ahead of this year’s festival, what are the key points of interest?

  1. Can Al Boum Photo win back-to-back Gold Cup titles?

Not since Best Mate’s trio of wins between 2002 and 2004 has a single horse won consecutive titles. In the race’s history, only seven horses have won the Gold Cup more than once. Looking to make the record books this year is Al Boum Photo, one of the entrants from Willie Mullins’ yard. In 2019, Al Boum Photo could be found at odds of 12/1 ahead of the race and this year he is the favourite at 7/2. In winning last year, he beat the likes of runner-up Anibale Fly and bookies’ favourite Presenting Percy to hand Mullins his first success in the Gold Cup.

Al Boum Photo went into last year’s race in good form, having won the Savills Chase on New Year’s Day at Tramore. On that occasion, he beat Total Recall by six lengths and had the same margin of victory in this year’s chase – this time as one of four finishers. Not only does Al Boum Photo go into the Gold Cup as the favourite but of all the winners, 22 horses have been eight years old, so it looks like a lucky omen for the French thoroughbred.

  1. Will the dominance of Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins be too much for the rest of the field?

Irish trainers Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins are both hugely successful in their own right, but both have one thing in common: just one winner in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. After fielding six runners-up, Mullins received his first victory last year; while Elliott fielded a winner on his debut in 2016 (Don Cossack) but hasn’t come remotely close to matching that in subsequent years. Of his three entrants in the following three races, his best result came last year, when Shattered Love came ninth.

This year, both men field four horses each, the most of any trainer. As well as favourite Al Boum Photo, Mullins enters Kemboy, who’s worth a shout at 11/2, as well as outsiders Bellshill and Real Steel. For Elliott, his best chance comes from Delta Work, priced at 8/1, with his other three entrants (Alpha des Obeaux, Death Duty and Shattered Love) all completely unfavoured. However, it’s rare that the favourite wins the Gold Cup and the last three years have seen lesser-favoured horses win, so anything is possible.

Of the other trainers representing, Henry de Bromhead and Colin Tizzard boast three entries each, while the highly-decorated Paul Nicholls and 2017 winner Jessica Harrington each fancy their chances with two.

  1. Can Paul Nicholls break records and become the most successful Gold Cup trainer?

In terms of active trainers, Nicholls is the most successful in the Cheltenham Gold Cup – with four winners to his name. After a first win in 1999 with See More Business, Nicholls won the race three years running with success for Denman sandwiched between Kauto Star’s two titles. Nicholls hasn’t won the Gold Cup since 2009 and hangs his hopes on Clan des Obeaux (8/1) and Frodon (25/1).

The former came fifth in last year’s race but has recently performed well and won the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day by 21 lengths. It will be the eight-year-old’s second entry into the Gold Cup, despite plenty of experience over the Cheltenham fences.

Frodon looks to make his Gold Cup debut, after winning last year’s Festival Trophy. With five wins at Prestbury Park to his name to date, the eight-year-old made a quick return to form earlier this month, winning the Silviniaco Conti Chase at Kempton.

In Gold Cup history, Tom Dreaper is the most successful trainer with five wins from three horses. He won his first title in 1946 and went on to famously win the treble with legendary horse Arkle in the 1960s. Can Nicholls equal the record this year?

 

*Odds correct at time of writing

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019: Odds on favorites for this year’s race

The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 race is just two months away. The event will take place on Friday 15th of March. Top sportsbooks have posted the early ante post odds for this year’s favorites. Race fans can use Pala casino promo code to play online games and continue the betting fun when the horse races ended. Last year’s winner, Native River, is expected to return for another shot at glory. Native River is looking to join the short list of horses to win multiple Gold Cup races. Just seven horses have won the race more than one time. The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 is set to be another exciting race as it caps off a great four-day festival.

Odds on favorites for this year’s race

Presenting Percy: 4/1

Following last year’s Cheltenham Festival, Presenting Percy was sent home to the farm. Trainer Pat Kelly wanted the seven-year old to be fresh for the 2019 edition of the Gold Cup and gave the horse the remainder of the racing year off. Presenting Percy leads a list of top horses as the Gold Cup comes into focus. Now eight-years old, Presenting Percy won the RSA Chase at Cheltenham a year ago.

Native River: 5/1

Just seven horses have won multiple Gold Cup races. Native River aims to be the eighth horses to accomplish the elite feat. The Colin Tizzard trained nine-year-old last ran at Kempton on Boxing Day. He finished third over three miles. After winning the Gold Cup in March of last year, Native River had a 253-day break, finishing up the season with second and third place finishes in his last two races.

Clan Des Obeaux: 8/1

Clan Des Obeaux finished off 2018 with a 10th win in the King George IV Chase. Clan Des Obeaux was a 12/1 shot ahead of the race at Kempton and now is being eyed as a major contender to win this year’s Gold Cup. The win saw Clan Des Obeaux ease past Grade 1 winners such as Might Bite, last year’s Gold Cup runner-up. Trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Harry Cobden are very high on Clan Des Obeaux’s chances to win at Cheltenham.

Kemboy: 8/1

Kemboy had his odds slashed by major sportsbooks following his success at Leopardstown in late December. Some bookies are offering odds of 6/1 on the Willie Mullins’ trained horse. Kemboy ran seven races in 2018 with five ending in wins. The seven-year-old’s last four races were all victories. After his Savills Chase win in December, Kemboy’s stamina was praised jockey David Mullins.

Might Bite: 10/1

Might Bite finished second in last year’s Gold Cup. Many insiders expect the 10-year-old to have an epic 2019 battle with Native River in the Chase Hunt, but that remains to be seen. The Nicky Henderson trained horse underwent surgery in early January and won’t race again until March’s Gold Cup. Henderson believes the wind operation will greatly help the horse in his bid to win the Gold Cup. However, the layoff may not help. Might Bite won at Aintree in April 2018, but after 226 days off, the horse could only manage fifth and seventh place finishes in the final races of the year.

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