2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting tips and predictions for the feature race of the Cheltenham Festival taking place on Friday 14th March 2014 at 3.20pm.
With the main Gold Cup contenders heading straight to the Festival and with the dust having settled after this season’s King George VI Chase and Lexus Chase the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting markest are now established despite the withdrawal of Cue Card.
The current market leader is the reigning Gold Cup champion Bobs Worth who shortened into 7/4 with William Hill after Cue Card’s withdrawal. After disappointing in the Betfair Chase he silenced his doubters by staying on powerfully in the Lexus Chase in Ireland to win well and a lot of Cheltenham tips will have Bobs Worth winning a second Gold Cup based on that run. His formidable record at Cheltenham, coupled with his stamina reserves and ability to battle, makes him the ideal candidate to regain his title in March. His performance was mightily impressive last year when you consider that he came off the bridle on the home turn and looked for all the world to have lost his chance of victory.
One horse potentially capable of pushing Bobs Worth to his limits could be this year’s King George VI winner, SILVINIACO CONTI (3/1 with Bet365) and he is our Gold Cup betting tip for this year’s Cheltenham Festival. He performed below par in the Betfair Chase only to then improve for the run and win at Kempton with relative ease. That day, he managed to live with the strong gallop laid down by Cue Card and when that rival began to struggle coming through the home straight, Silviniaco Conti’s stamina reserves and accurate jumping enabled him to reel in the leader and move clear at the line. He was unfortunate to come down three out in last year’s Gold Cup, when again travelling strongly. This horses’ position as second favourite is clearly justified with numerous good efforts and I expect him to put in another bold show in this year’s Gold Cup.
Beyond the main two in the betting we find a collection of horses who have shown brilliance in the past but have far more questions to answer than the aforementioned pair.
The David Pipe trained Dynaste (25/1 Coral) is an interesting contender at a big price. This horse was an impressive winner of the Feltham Novice Chase at Kempton last season before disappointing slightly in the JLT Novices Chase at the Festival.
With the withdrawal of Sir Des Champs the main Irish challenge looks to come from the Gigginstown House Stud and First Lieutenant (16/1 BetVictor) is an attractive price but it could be the winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown Last Instalment (7/1 with William Hill) that races up the Cheltenham hill to Gold Cup victory in March. Last Instalment was an impressive winner at Leopardstown and has drawn praise from AP McCoy.
With things as they stand, I do believe the bookmakers have got it right and this race looks to be between the top two in the market. It seems that both Bobs Worth and Silviniaco Conti bring an element of class to the race that the other runners lack. Undoubtedly their rivals will do their best to provide a stern challenge but in all honesty I would be very surprised if either of the top two in the market failed to fire. In terms of selecting a 2014 Gold Cup prediction I will continue to support Silviniaco Conti. I’m of the firm belief that if his horse has mentally recovered from his fall in last year’s contest then he should have enough ability and class to finally crack the reigning Gold Cup hero.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tip
Silviniaco Conti to win – click here to bet at 3/1 with Bet365
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