The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the crown jewel in National Hunt Racing and this year’s renewal looks set to be another classic.
Will it be third time lucky for Silviniaco Conti? Can last year’s surprise winner Lord Windermere shock us all again? Or will the likes of dual Festival winner Holywell cement their legendary status at Presbury Park?
We can’t wait for these questions and more to be answered. But in the meantime we’re offering you the chance to select which of the Gold Cup’s runners you’d like us to enhance.
Vote in our poll below and for a limited time only on Monday March 9 we’ll be enhancing the price of the public’s chosen runner!
Not sure who to pick? Here’s a run-down of the options…
Silviniaco Conti: The dual King George winner has endured his fair share of bad luck at Cheltenham but can he win this race at the third attempt? Or is he only at his most effective over a flat track? If you want him boosted then give us the nod.
Road to Riches: His own camp may think Carlingford Lough stands a better chance but let’s not be dismissive of the Noel Meade-trained charge. His Lexus Victory was impressive and he has more than half a chance.
Many Clouds: One of this season’s standout performers could get even better. Three from three this term with a fantastic Cheltenham win last time out a real career highlight for Oliver Sherwood.
Holywell: The term ‘spring horse’ is one that certainly resonates in relation to Holywell. Twice a winner at the Festival, don’t be too surprised to see him make this final leap into greatness.
Carlingford Lough: The one that the bookies and a fair few of his rivals fear. With the retiring champion jockey onboard he’s likely to go off at a silly price. Definitely worth a vote!?
Djakadam: Thyestes Chase winner bounced back in style following disappointment in the Hennessy. And we reckon he could be a real contender based on that recent form.
Smad Place: Twice beaten by Many Clouds this season and marked improvement required if Alan King’s runner is to make a serious impression.
Bobs Worth: 2013 winner appears to have lost his former pep and vigour with a heavy Lexus defeat hardly a positive. Still, he was fifth in a tough race last year and his past makes him worthy of attention.
Lord Windermere: Last year’s shock victor bustled his way to the front of the pack on that occasion but has found life tougher since then. Defeats to a number of these rivals this season put a dampener on his chances.
Coneygree: There’s been plenty of buzz around this horse and a few whispers have emerged that suggest he could be Gold Cup bound. That Denman Chase win was very taking and this novice is definitely one to watch out for.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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