Cheltenham Festival News
|Monday 9th February 2015|
Cheltenham Gold Cup: Betting the Best for Last
As we count down to the Cheltenham Festival, the most prestigious outing of all the National Hunt events, The Gold Cup, is set to be a must see racing phenomenon. With last year’s Gold Cup setting the bar so high, tensions mount as the scene is set for another heart wrenching race-off.
With the first three days of the Cheltenham Festival enjoying the Champion Hurdle, Ladies Day and St. Patrick's Day, respectively, the fourth day sees the main event of the festival, as the steeplechase heavy weights step up to the Gold Cup plate.
Cheltenham Gold Cup
Welcoming runners that are of 5 years old and over stamina, grit and determination, strength, agility, timing and of course the racing conditions will all play a vital role in the winning combination. Racing enthusiasts enjoy Gold Cup Betting because it is one of the most valuable chases in Britain, with last year’s race offering a total prize fund of £550,000. This 22 fence steeplechase marvel is not one for the faint hearted.
Jim Culloty, the one-time jockey of three times winner of the Gold Cup, Best Mate, will doubtless be grooming Lord Windermere to take centre stage for the second year in row. Did last year’s relatively slow pace have a hand to play in one of this year’s favourites, Silviniaco Conti, not taking the prize? 2013 Gold Cup winner, Bobs Worth, was also left wanting, finishing fifth behind Lord Windermere. All three are worthy contenders, with them all having a great chance of coming good on the day. If Holywell can turn up fit and with improved jumping skills, this 8 year old bay gelding is also definitely in with a shout.
Historically, The Cheltenham Gold Cup has proved to be a race too far for the older horse - although some have been placed - so the good money is probably on the younger talent.
So, do you think you have the winner of this year’s Gold Cup?