Mar 15 2019
Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips and Betting Offers, 15:30 at Cheltenham, 15th March 2019
The Cheltenham Festival is drawing to a close, meaning it’s time for the big one. Friday brings the Gold Cup, one of the biggest races on the UK calendar. Just who will walk away with the top prize this week? Ahead of the race, we have two predictions at 10/1 and 14/1.
- Kemboy to win – at 10/1 with Betfair
- Road to Respect each way – at 14/1 with Ladbrokes
Runners and Riders News
As things stand, the Gold Cup has 19 runners, although judging by recent years that’s likely to drop in the days leading up to this one. Almost all of the field can be found at 33/1 or lower, but Yala Enki (100/1 with Ladbrokes) and Double Shuffle (100/1 with bet365) are the other two big outsiders ahead of Friday’s race. The Gold Cup is usually an open affair, and that’s no different here.
Presenting Percy is leading the way in the bookies’ eyes, as he’s a 7/2 shot with William Hill. However, reigning champion Native River is close behind at 4/1 with bet365 and you can back Caln Des Obeaux at 4/1 with BetVictor. That shows the competition near the top, but we’ve gone for some slightly bigger options.
Odds and Preview
We’re looking at some more generous odds ahead of this huge race. After all, four of the last five winners here have started at 5/1 or bigger. First up is Kemboy, the Willie Mullins’ trained horse who comes into the Gold Cup priced at 10/1 with Betfair. This race comes after a streak of four consecutive wins for the seven-year-old. The only thing counting against him is that he’s a little green after just bursting on to the scene, but one strong run here could change all of that. Next up, we see some value in Road to Respect.
A second placed finish at the Irish Gold Cup last month was a strong boost, as was third at Leopardstown in December – finishing shy of winner Kemboy. While our main pick is seen as being on the young side, Rad to Respect has secured a top three finish in 12 of 13 races. A winner at Cheltenham in 2017, last year’s top four finish showed what Road to Respect is capable of. We’re backing better from him here, at 14/1 with Ladbrokes.
Paul Nicholls comes into this race aiming to claim a first win in 10 years. The trainer is a victory away from equalling the record for most victories at the Gold Cup. He is chasing Tom Dreaper, who won this race five times – the last of which in 1968, Nicholls won three on the spin between 2007 and 2009, now he’s chasing a huge fifth success.
- 2018: Native River – Jockey: Richard Johnson; Trainer: Colin Tizzard
- 2017: Sizing John – Jockey: Robbie Power; Trainer: Jessica Harrington
- 2016: Don Cossack – Jockey: Bryan Cooper; Trainer: Gordon Elliot
- 2015: Coneygree – Jockey: Nico de Boinville; Trainer: Mark Bradstock
- 2014: Lord Windermere – Jockey: Davy Russell; Trainer: Jim Culloty
Also check out the betting tips and offers for the other three big, big races at the Festival:
- Champion Hurdle betting tips
- Queen Mother Champion Chase betting tips – including details of a MASSIVE offer Douvan!
- Stayers’ Hurdle betting tips
In the meantime, our main Cheltenham Festival offers, promos and bonuses page has all the latest deals!