Cheltenham Gold Cup odds
When it comes to jumps racing, the pinnacle is the Cheltenham Gold Cup and it is odds-on that there will be another thrilling renewal in March.
Punters all over the world scan the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds from the moment the previous year’s race finishes and there was only one horse on the mind after the 2013 renewal.
Nicky Henderson’s Bobs Worth won with a gritty display, taking his unbeaten record at Cheltenham to five.
Golden Miller is the most successful horse in the Cheltenham Gold Cup
The number five is synonymous with the Cheltenham Gold Cup, as the great Golden Miller won that many renewals of the Blue Riband event in successive years from 1932-1936.
More recently, Best Mate is the last horse to win three Gold Cups, with Henrietta Knight’s ace capturing the hearts of the public from 2002-2004.
Arguably the most famous Gold Cup winner however, is Kauto Star who became the first horse ever to regain the prestigious prize, seeing off stablemate Denman in 2009 to wrestle back the crown that the former had borrowed in 2008.
Bobs Worth is the reigning champion in Cheltenham Gold Cup odds
With 22 fences jumped at a fast and furious tempo, the race is a true test of stamina and many a horse has wavered when trying to run up the famous Cheltenham hill after three miles and two furlongs.
A good example of the stamina needed was the 2012 renewal in which eventual winner Synchronised was outpaced for most of the race.
Jockey AP McCoy was hard at work as his horse appeared to be toiling with a mile to run, however his brave mount responded to every question and bounded up the hill to give McCoy just his second win in the race.
That’s a surprisingly low number for a man who many consider to be the best jump jockey ever, and who has over 4000 winners to his name, however this has been an elusive race for many.
Long Run is the youngest horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Long Run, who triumphed in 2011, became the youngest winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup since 1963 and he features in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting.
The horse – a recruit from France – was just six when he won and has subsequently been third in both renewals since.
Long Run’s win was also a first for amateur rider Sam Waley-Cohen, who became the first non-professional rider to win the race since Jim Wilson enjoyed the best day of his life on Little Owl in 1981.
Nicky Henderson is dominant in the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds
As mentioned, Nicky Henderson’s runner will be back to challenge his stablemate Bobs Worth in March, however there will also be stiff competition from last-year’s runner-up Sir Des Champs as well as Silviniaco Conti who was still travelling well when falling.
Throw in young pretender Dynaste, First Lieutenant and the returning Al Ferof, and the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds look yet another tricky puzzle to solve.