Native River Is The Heart And Head Gold Cup Bet
The heart says Might Bite, the head says Our Duke but a combination of the heart and head says Native River who is the tip to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. There is a trend this century for multiple winners of the four major championship races. However, today will see a new winner of the Gold Cup because no former champions are in the field but its still looks like an intriguing contest. With conditions to suit NATIVE RIVER must be backed at 5/1 with Ladbrokes.
Horses that have run well at the festival in the past often produce the goods again at the jumps meeting that matters most. Native River was second in the NH Chase in 2016 and third in the Gold Cup last year. The horse is most effective on soft ground and it’s soft at Cheltenham today and heavy in places. The underfoot conditions will be testing and that should give Native River an edge in this demanding race. MINELLA ROCCO was second last year and is 28/1 with William Hill.
Apple’s Shakira is unbeaten in four starts and has been backed as though defeat in the Triumph Hurdle is out of the question. The filly gets a seven pounds weight allowance from the male horses and that concession could be crucial to the final outcome. However, Stormy Island is also a filly and receives the same weight allowance from the boys. On speed figures this is the female horse to back and not the favourite so STORMY ISLAND is the bet at 6/1 with Betfair.
Santini has been something of a talking horse for the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle. The key trial for today’s race was a novice hurdle over two miles four furlongs at Newbury in December. Santini beat Chef Des Obeaux with something to spare and was also not far behind Black Op in January and that horse got closest to Samcro on Wednesday. However, with proven stamina and the potential for improvement CHEF DES OBEAUX is the runner to back at 11/2 with Coral.