Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 - Big Race Preview

Cheltenham Gold Cup Preview: Who Will Win National Hunt’s Most Coveted Prize?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the richest and most prestigious race in the entire National Hunt season and it always provides enormous entertainment. Golden Miller, Arkle, Mill House, Kauto Star and Best Mate are among the superstars to win it since it was inaugurated in 1924. Each year the finest stayers in the business bid to join that pantheon of greats and competition is therefore extremely ferocious. This year’s renewal looks fittingly stacked full of talent and it will be fascinating to see who prevails.

Who is Ante-Post Favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Presenting Percy, Clan Des Obeaux and Native River are all vying for favouritism in the build-up to the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Presenting Percy might have a slight edge, but the odds on all three are agonisingly close as they prepare for this race. No horse has been absolutely dominant this season and that means there is no clear current favourite for the Gold Cup.

Who won the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Last year second favourite Native River prevailed in an epic duel with the favourite, Might Bite. Trainer Nicky Henderson had already won the Champion Hurdle and the Queen Mother Champion Chase with Buveur D’Air and Altior respectively, and many punters expected Might Bite to seal the hat-trick for him.

However, Native River stuck to Might Bite throughout the 3 miles 2½ furlong race jumping all 22 fences together after leaving the chasing pack well behind. It set up a thrilling finish in front of the roaring crowd and Native River eventually pulled away on the home straight to clinch a famous victory.

Is Native River Running in the Cheltenham Gold Cup Again?

He most certainly is. Native River made his season reappearance in the Grade 1 Betfair Chase at Haydock in November and finished second to Bristol De Mai. Nigel Twiston-Davies’ star chaser has now won that race two years in running, but Native River did well to seize the runner-up spot, ahead of Thistlecrack, Clan Des Obeaux and Mighty Bite. Next up he went to Kempton for the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day and finished third, behind Clan Des Obeaux and Thistlecrack. Those are the two biggest races of the year outside the Gold Cup for stayers, and connections will be encouraged to see him place in both of them.

Have any Horses won the Gold Cup Two Years Running?

Easter Hero was the first horse to win the Gold Cup twice on the bounce, seizing victory in 1929 and 1930. There was no race in 1931 and then the legendary Golden Miller took over. He won the race an astonishing five years in a row, dominating between 1932 and 1936, and that leaves him as the most successful runner in Cheltenham Gold Cup history. The next multiple champion was Cottage Rake, who won three consecutive Gold Cups between 1948 and 1950. Arkle, rated by many as the greatest horse of all time, won it three times in a row in 1964, 1965 and 1966, absolutely obliterating the competition in each time.

The famous Desert Orchid could only win it once, but Best Mate earned legendary status by winning three in a row from 2002 to 2004. No horse has won it twice in a row since then, although Kauto Star did win it in 2007 and 2009, with stablemate Denman beating him in 2008.

What is the Longest Odds Winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

In 1990, Desert Orchid went off as the 10/11 favourite to defend his crown after surging to victory the previous year. However, in one of the greatest shocks in racing history, 100/1 shot Norton’s Coin landed the biggest race of the year with a phenomenal performance. Trainer Sirrell Griffiths had just a couple of horses as a hobby and never intended to put Norton’s Coin forward for the Gold Cup, until he heard that Jenny Pitman was putting in a horse that Norton’s Coin had beaten. He was hoping for a top six finish to recuperate the £1,000 entrance fee, but Griffiths started to believe when Desert Orchid began to fade. Graham McCourt took Norton’s Coin to the front with 50 yards remaining for a three-quarters-of-a-length victory over Toby Tobias, with Desert Orchid back in third.

Who are the Horses to Watch in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

You will see all manner of superstar chasers in the Cheltenham Festival spread betting markets for the Gold Cup. Presenting Percy has landed big victories at the last two Cheltenham Festivals and now he is going for the hat-trick in the biggest race of all. He has only raced once this year, but he romped to victory in the Grade 2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle, and he should be nice and fresh for this race. Clan Des Obeaux has a lot of support after his thrilling victory in the King George on Boxing Day. Thistlecrack is a fantastic competitor, and it will be interesting to see if Might Bite can rally after finishing last in the Betfair Chase and the King George. Bellshill is in good form, Kemboy looks strong and the likes of Road To Respect and Al Boum Photo are always dangerous. It is an outrageously competitive field and that is what you expect from the Gold Cup.

Who Will win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019?

Going by the latest markets, the traders are anticipating a gripping three-way battle between Presenting Percy, Clan Des Obeaux and defending champion Native River. The last few winners of this race have come from the top three in the betting, but there is a wealth of talent lining up for the Gold Cup and the field is positively bursting with potential candidates for success.

Who do you think will win the National Hunt’s most prestigious race?

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