The Cheltenham Gold Cup takes centre stage on the final day of the Festival once again this year, but the 3m2f contest is not the only top class contest racing fans can look forward to as the card also includes the Triumph Hurdle and Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle.
Here is a look at the best bets for Gold Cup Day.
Clan Des Obeaux to Win the Gold Cup
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) February 16, 2019
Paul Nicholls has not won the Gold Cup since Kauto Star regained his crown in 2009, but the former Champion Trainer has an excellent chance of prevailing for a fifth time in the most prestigious National Hunt contest in the sport this year with Clan Des Obeaux.
The seven-year-old entered the Gold Cup picture when he landed the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day, where he beat a strong field which included Native River, Bristol De Mai and Waiting Patiently. Since then, he didn’t need to come out of second gear to win the Denman Chase at Ascot.
Unlike many of his rivals for the Gold Cup, Clan Des Obeaux looks to be a horse that is open to even more improvement. As a result, he could be set to become the number one chaser in this division. Defending champion Native River is the obvious danger, but the ground is set to be much different than it was 12 months ago, which will not be in his favour.
— Racing Post (@RacingPost) February 24, 2019
Sir Erec to Win the Triumph Hurdle
Sir Erec is many people’s idea of their banker of the meeting in the Triumph Hurdle this year. Joseph O’Brien’s juvenile hurdler was very capable on the Flat, where he was trained by his father Aidan.
Since switching to hurdles, he has had two wins from two starts, with his most recent success coming in the Grade One Spring Juvenile Hurdle at Leopardstown. Under the hands of Mark Walsh, Sir Erec made all in the 2m contest and showed a fantastic turn of foot to stretch away from his rivals in the closing stages. Although he is now as short as evens for the Triumph Hurdle on the back of his latest success, there are some excellent Cheltenham betting offers across the week, including a risk-free bet, that can help you squeeze value.
Lisnagar Oscar to Win the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
The Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle has been won by some good horses in recent years and the latest runner that looks set to become a big player in the stayers division is Lisnagar Oscar from Rebecca Curtis’ yard.
The six-year-old produced a career-best performance at Haydock on his last start in a trial for the Festival race. With Sean Bowen on his back, the pair stretched clear in the home straight. And, if it wasn’t for easing up in the final 100 yards, the margin of victory would have been even bigger than the ten lengths recorded. If he repeats that run at the Lancashire track, it is going to take a very good performance to beat him.
Gold Cup Day at Cheltenham also includes the Country Hurdle, Foxhunters Chase, Grand Annual and the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap in what is a blockbuster card for racing fans.