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Bobs Worth Solid Favourite For Gold Cup

February 27, 2014 04:21:30 PM

Bobs Worth is the ante-post favourite to defend his Cheltenham Gold Cup crown at the Festival next month for trainer Nicky Henderson and a huge tip in the horse racing bet and watch promotions with Titan Bet.

The 2013 winner made it five wins from five at Prestbury Park when he scored in the blue riband event last year. He was able to come out on top ahead of Ireland’s Sir Des Champs and Long Run.

Henderson’s star has already had two runs so far this season. He made his seasonal reappearance in the Betfair Chase at Haydock where he was disappointing, finishing sixth of the eighth runners in Lancashire.

The nine-year old did bounce back though, next time out at Leopardstown. He was able to land the Grade One Lexus Chase for connections over in Ireland. Bobs Worth finished with a late surge of pace to get the better of First Lieutenant and Rubi Ball who were both ahead of him of jumping the last fence of the 3m trip.

The big challenger to the defending champion this year according to the betting for the race is the King George winner Silviniaco Conti.

Paul Nicholls’ mount was successful at Kempton on Boxing Day by three lengths to enhance his chances of winning the showpiece the Festival.

Silviniaco Conti was travelling well in the 2013 Gold Cup before falling three fences from home.

The eight-year old also returned to action after his summer break at Haydock. He had to settle for second on that occasion behind Cue Card and Dynaste.

Nicholls has been successful in the Gold Cup on four occasions. If Silviniaco Conti does win the race for him, he will match Tom Dreaper’s record of five victories in the Festival feature.

Connections of Cue Card will decide closer to the week whether to run their horse in the 3m2f contest or the Ryanair Chase.

Colin Tizzard’s stable star won at Cheltenham over 2m4f in 2013 but then stepped up to 3m successfully in the Betfair Chase.

In the King George, Cue Card looked set to add another Grade One victory to his career when he had a sizeable advantage at Kempton in the final four furlongs. Unfortunately for his backers, he struggled to see out the closing stages where he was very tired and he could only finish second behind Silviniaco Conti.

This will be Tizzard’s runner’s fourth appearance at a Cheltenham Festival. He was successful there on his first attempt when winning the Champion Bumper in 2011 at odds of 40/1. A year later he was fourth in the Supreme Novices Hurdle when starting as favourite. He chased home Sprinter Sacre in 2012 Arkle, while 12 months ago, he took the Ryanair Chase in spectacular style.

Ireland’s best chance of landing the Cheltenham Gold Cup this year appears to be Last Installment. He returned from a long lay-off to score in the Irish Hennessy recently. He beat Tidal Bay and First Lieutenant on that occasion at Leopardstown.

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