Generally ante-post odds are much more favourable the further in advance you decide to wager on them so it is slightly disappointing that Bobs Worth, the ante-post favourite for the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup is already a pretty dismal 3/1 with Paddy Power bookmakers.
Although I wouldn't necessarily expect to see particularly long odds on him considering he won the Gold Cup already in 2013, 3/1 is pretty mean especially considering that the event still six months away and anything can happen between now and then! And Paddy Power is not alone with Ladbrokes Bookmakers also offering the paltry 3/1.
But if you do fancy the Nicky Henderson trained Bobs Worth and you are looking for slightly better value, then BetVictor is offering him at 5/2, just down from the previous 5/1 but the added bonus is that they have already applied a ‘Non Runner – Free Bet' offer to the race.
Essentially that means should you back Bobs Worth, or any of their other ante-post contenders, and for whatever reason, he doesn't run, then they'll give you your wager back as a free bet so you don't lose out on any of your hard earned cash!
Incidentally, Sir Des Champs from the Willie Mullins yard is second favourite at 7/1 with the Paul Nicholls hopeful Silviniaco Conti third favourite at a general 8/1 ante-post.
And though the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup odds are pretty low, they will only shorten as the race draws ever closer so we may even look back and think that 3/1 was a bargain!
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