The Early Favourites To Win The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup
Author: Trevor Dinman
February 14 - This year's Cheltenham weekend is not far away and with just over a month until the big weekend kicks off, we are going to take a look at some of the early favourites for who could lift the coveted 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Last year's Gold Cup threw up an exciting race as Sizing John came in at 7/1 to beat the heavy favourite Cue Card dramatically fell at the same hurdle which caused him problems in 2016. Results like last year is why we gamble on this wonderful sport, and why bookies are kept on their toes when it comes to odds.
Each year the Gold Cup is a great race for punters who like a dabble and for both gamblers and bookies alike, the Gold Cup is one of the most exciting events across the whole of the Cheltenham weekend. If you fancy a punt, take advantage of one of the Cheltenham festival free bets which many bookies are offering, and have a risk free gamble on the year's Gold Cup. Let?s have a look where the smart money is going this year.
Cue Card - Current Odds 25/1 - Worth a Punt
Despite falling at both the 2016 and 2017 Gold Cups, at the same hurdle no less, this impressive thoroughbred is back for the 2018 race, and despite the longer odds, this could be a great outside shout. Now 12 years old, Cue Card looks odds on to win this week's Ascot Chase, which could see him be the first to win the race on 3 separate occasions. If Cue Card can tackle the Ascot Chase, that should give him the confidence to have a lively chance at this year's Gold Cup.
Native River - Current Odds 4/1 - Strong Chance
After almost a year out on the sidelines, Native River made an impressive return to action at Newbury over the weekend, taking victory in the Denman Chase. After finishing 3rd in last year's Gold Cup, the 8 year old horse was taken off the track in what can now be seen as a smart move by trainer Colin Tizzard. Expect Native River's odds to shorten as we get closer to the big race, as he recovers from this comfortable return.
Might Bite - Current Odds 3/1 - Out and Out Favourite
Might bite is certainly the favourite for this race but his odds have been somewhat erratic, what has not been erratic however, has been the form that this impressive 9 year old horse, on an unbeaten run of 5 races. So confident in fact are the trainers and the team surrounding Might Bite, that it appears as though they will skip Newbury, and take their pride and joy straight into Cheltenham. The Gold Cup presents the perfect race size and conditions for Might Bite, and this is why he is the overwhelming favourite to win this year.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place as the last race on the fourth day at Cheltenham Festival, which begins on Tuesday the 13th of March.
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