Cheltenham Festival Betting News
Tuesday 11th - Friday 14th March 2014
Bobs Worth Backed for Gold Cup Glory
Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty believe Bobs Worth has the right character to win Friday's Gold Cup at Cheltenham.
"You always forget that Bob is there because he's such a reliable, lovely horse and I've always said that," said Henderson.
"I bemoan that I haven't got Sprinter Sacre or Simonsig this year but the actual star of the show, there he is, doing his own thing. Sprinter is all flash and as good a looking horse as you'll ever see. Bob hasn't got his natural talent but I bet Bob has a bigger heart. He doesn't know when to give up."
Meanwhile, Geraghty thinks Philip Fenton's Last Instalment will be Bobs Worth's main rival on Friday afternoon, saying: "Last Instalment has obviously been held up with injury, but I love the horse and I'd be very fearful of him. He jumps, he travels, and he's a big, strong horse. He's a Denman/Kicking King-type model - he's a big beast."
Last Instalment is 7/1 to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup outright while Silviniaco Conti, ridden by Noel Fehily, is available at 3/1.
Betfred are paying out on the first five home in the Vincent O'Brien County Hurdle (2.05pm) and hence have been very busy on that race as a consequence. The 2011 Weatherbys Champion Bumper winner Cheltenian is 15/2 (from 10/1) while there has also been interesting each-way support for Tzora (33/1 from 50/1) and Anay Turge (33/1 from 50/1).
Royal Regatta has been popular in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle (4.40pm) and is now 9/1 (from 12/1) while Next Sensation is the one punters have been latching on to in the traditional getting-out stakes, the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual (5.15pm) and Michael Scudamore's seven-year-old is now 7/1 (from 8/1).
Betfred make Ruby Walsh (three winners) the 4/7 favourite to be the Boodles leading jockey at The Festival. Barry Geraghty (three winners) is the 2/1 second favourite while Tom Scudamore (also three winners) is an 8/1 shot.
A total of £260,970 has rolled over in the totejackpot after punters have failed to win the bet for the first three days of The Festival while there was a record £1,260,652 pool in the toteplacepot yesterday and another bumper pool is expected in that particular bet this afternoon.