Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase Betting Tips & Odds 2018
15.30 The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase
Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase is the 4th race of Cheltenham Gold Cup Day 2018. The Blue Riband event of the National Hunt season is the 3 mile 2 furlong Timico Gold Cup Steeplechase, the race every jockey, trainer and owner wants to win and every punter would love to find the winner of each year.
In 2017, the Cheltenham Gold Cup was won by Sizing John at Cheltenham betting odds of 7/1, and Jessica Harrington’s star will have a low key build up to defending his crown after disappointing at Leopardstown over Christmas.
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In 2018, several top staying chasers are now forming towards the top of the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting market which is the feature event of the entire 4-day Festival.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tip: Go Native with Our Each-Way
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is not only the showcase race of the Cheltenham Festival, it is the pinnacle as far as National Hunt racing is concerned. Only the King George Chase, staged on Boxing Day, comes close in terms of prestige.
Numerous horses have won both races despite the King George being staged at Kempton Park, a flat track, over three-miles and the Gold Cup being two and a half furlongs longer, featuring a stamina sapping uphill finish. But no horse has completed this double since Long Run in 2011.
Might …squander it
Might Bite landed this season’s King George and heads the Gold Cup betting. But does he have the stamina and mental attitude to win the biggest race of them all?
Victory in last season’s RSA Novice Chase over three miles at the Festival certainly looks good on his CV but let us not forget Might Bite was a dozen lengths clear approaching two fences from home in that race and ultimately won by a nose after trying to squander victory.
He has yet to race beyond three miles and one furlong and he idled noticeably in the King George. So, while the talent is clearly there, there are enough question marks against him for us to pass him by.
We are also going to swerve the defending champion, Sizing John, who ran a stinker when last seen in action – December 28th – and now heads straight to the Festival. His stablemate, Our Duke, who landed last year’s Irish Grand National, has had his problems. He struggled to win last time when making jumping errors and is another who comes with a health warning.
Road To Respect is another Irish-trained runner who may succumb to poor jumping. A winner at last year’s Cheltenham Festival in a Handicap Chase off of 10st 13lb, he has continued to improve but his liking to jump to the left in his races must stop if he is to have any chance in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
River can run
And so we are opting for this season’s Welsh Grand National winner, Native River, who has shown his liking for Cheltenham by fishing third in last year’s Gold Cup when aged just seven.
12 months older, lightly raced (just three races since December 2016) and awesomely impressive when landing the Grade 2 Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury in February, Colin Tizzard’s charge will relish any give in the ground.
His record on soft going over the chase fences reads six-from-six and his seventh win over the bigger obstacles came on ‘good-to soft’ going.
But soft going is not vital, just preferable, for horse which will be partnered by Champion jockey Richard Johnson. His two and three-quarter length defeat in last year’s Gold Cup came on ground described as ‘good’ and it is noteworthy he went off as the 7/2 second favourite.
The bookmakers currently have Native River priced at 13/2 (7.50) which makes him the ideal each-way price. It’s hard to see that price going any bigger but it will certainly contract if the weather forecast speaks in his favour at the start or March.
Recommended Cheltenham Gold Cup Bet:
Native River (each-way) at 13/2 (7.50) with Betfair
The clear favourite in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2018 betting is Nicky Henderson’s King George winner Might Bite, the winner of the RSA Chase in dramatic but impressive fashion at Cheltenham last March. He is a wonderfully talented horse and will be very hard to beat if he stays the extra two furlongs.
Defending Champion Sizing John has to be respected, while Jessie Harrington will be hoping her Our Duke will also develop into a legitimate Gold Cup contender along with his esteemed stablemate.
Native River, Coney Island, Road To Respect, Minella Rocco and Bristol De Mai are also in the mix for each way places, while the likes of Whisper, Total Recall and Coneygree might run well at bigger prices.
Latest Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Odds
- Might Bite – 7/2,
- Sizing John – 6/1,
- Coney Island – 9/1,
- Native River – 10/1,
- Our Duke – 11/1,
- Road To Respect – 12/1,
- Minella Rocco – 20/1,
- Bristol De Mai – 25/1,
- Disko – 25/1,
- Total Recall – 25/1,
- Whisper – 25/1,
- Blaklion – 33/1,
- Djakadam – 33/1,
- Killultagh Vic – 33/1,
- Outlander – 33/1,
- Coneygree – 40/1
2017 CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP WINNER – SIZING JOHN 7/1
Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Odds
Cheltenham Gold Cup Race Card
- Recommended Brand
1AmericanJ N D Fehily T H Fry6/111-P211-10 8157
2Anibale FlyJ B J Geraghty T A J Martin42-591F11-10 8159
3BachassonJ D E Mullins T W P MullinsU/F21-1111-10 7159
4Definitly RedJ Danny Cook T B EllisonU1P-31111-10 9167
5DjakadamJ Mr P W Mullins T W P Mullins342-2P311-10 9165
6Double ShuffleJ A P Heskin T T R George12P-22211-10 8166
7EdwulfJ Mr Derek O'Connor T Joseph P O'Brien1F1P-P111-10 9164
8Killultagh VicJ P Townend T W P Mullins1111/1F11-10 9153
9Might BiteJ Nico de Boinville T N J HendersonF111-1111-10 9169
10Minella RoccoJ M P Walsh T Jonjo O'NeillU2-4P4F11-10 8161
11Native RiverJ R Johnson T C L Tizzard21113-111-10 8166
12Our DukeJ R M Power T Mrs J Harrington121-74111-10 8166
13OutlanderJ J W Kennedy T G ElliottP-6133211-10 10163
14Road To RespectJ S W Flanagan T N Meade211-12111-10 7167
15Saphir Du RheuJ Sam Twiston-Davies T P F NichollsF215U-311-10 9158
16Shantou FlyerJ James Bowen T Richard HobsonPP222211-10 8152
17Tea For TwoJ Lizzie Kelly T Nick WilliamsU1-943P11-10 9164
18Total RecallJ D J Mullins T W P Mullins105-11111-10 9156