Native River 7/1 For 2019 Gold Cup
NATIVE RIVER is 7/1 with Ladbrokes to win the 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup and its going to take some special horse to beat the champion up the hill in the most prestigious chase in the sport next season. Native River and Might Bite dominated the race yesterday and in an epic contest Native River outstayed the runner-up after being briefly headed in the straight.
The performance was the epitome of a staying chaser but Native River does not have an entry for the Grand National so can’t achieve a double that only Golden Miller (1934) has managed in the past. ANIBALE FLY was third in the Gold Cup and can now be backed at 25/1 with Betfair to win the National.
If the Gold Cup is the Blue Riband of chasing the National is the most famous steeplechase in the world. The original Aintree version attracts a huge global audience but the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter today will not stop any nations but is the biggest race of the season at the Staffordshire track. It will have to produce something exceptional to match the drama of a wonderful Gold Cup.
In racing there is always another day and another race. It was a bookies benefit at Cheltenham on Friday when not one favourite obliged. There were big-priced winners all day so punters are now on the back foot. Native River was a bad result for the bookies but generally results went their way. ALFIE SPINNER was second in the Welsh National and can go one better in the Midlands version at 14/1 with Ladbrokes.
Brighton Are Fancied To Force A Replay
Manchester United play Brighton in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at Old Trafford today. It is going require something out of the ordinary to get the fans back onside. The loss to Sevilla at home in the Champions League was a massive disappointment and Jose Mourinho’s reaction did not help. Winning the FA Cup is not a patch on being the champions of Europe and even that could go wrong because Brighton are fancied to force a replay and the DRAW is 9/2 with bet365.