The second day of the Cheltenham Festival just ended. And with four favourites winning in quick succession, it was definitely more profitable for punters than day one! Will the trend continue for day three and four? As the Festival progresses, it is getting more and more interesting for horse racing fans. Across the board, the racing has been fantastic this year but we still have the much-coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup to look forward to. Undoubtedly one of the best and biggest highlights of the jumps season.
The Cheltenham festival is usually one of the most interesting national hunt race in the horse racing calendar. Last year 262,637 people reportedly attended from all over the world and this year promises to be better too. Historically over 66,000 head to Cheltenham for the opening day and 2019 was no different. And that was despite the driving rain and howling winds that nearly blighted the opening races.
But Gold Cup day is the big one. Last year’s event saw a record 70,684 people in attendance. Those lucky fans watched as Native River romped home for trainer Colin Tizzard. But can he do it again in 2019?
Money to be Made
In terms of betting, there is a lot of money to be made. It is on record that over £60m was lost by bookies during the 2016 Cheltenham festival so there is the potential for punters to make money. Especially the Gold Cup. We encourage punters to take a look at our racing tips UK and Irish runners guide for the best tips.
The Likely Winners
On the back of last year’s victory, Native River is once again the race favourite. But he has some very tough competition. Namely in the form of Presenting Percy, who is also joint-favourite with a number of bookmakers. In 2018 Native River and jockey Richard Johnson fought off a challenge from Might Bite to coast home to victory, winning by more than four lengths. He took home £369,821 for his troubles.
With more than £600,000 on offer for the Gold Cup in 2019 the competition promises to be fierce. Along with Presenting Percy, the King George VI winner, Clan Des Obeaux also looks set to give them a run for their money. Trained by Paul Nicholls, Clan Des Obeaux is co-owned by Ged Mason, Sir Alex Ferguson and Paul Barber.
The odds for the Gold Cup are very interesting with most bookmakers going with those three as the real contenders. However, the likes of Kemboy and Bellshill, both trained by Willie Mullins, could also be in with a chance. Kemboy heads into the race on back-to-back wins this season and has the stamina to go the full 3m2½f. Bellshill is the current Irish Gold Cup champion and with both on odds of 10/1 they are worth considering.