With our first glimpse of the line up Cheltenham Gold Cup betting gets underway but is it only the novelty bettors and lunatics that take the risk this far out from the start or are they taking advantage of odds not yet finalized by trivial things like form, going and health only known on the day itself?
Cheltenham Gold Cup
• March 17th
• 50 runners
• 3 miles 2.5 furlongs
• 22 fences
Peering three months into the future and wagering on the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting you’ve accurately predicted the UK weather on the day is absolutely barking mad. The UK weather is wholly random at that time of year. However since the deadline for applications passed this week we do at least know who’ll be trying to get to the starting line come March, and with the list finalized bookies like Bet365 just couldn’t resist pushing out some odds on the runners, and there’s some corking choices.
Obviously I don’t mean there are good choices for those who regularly take advantage of UK gambling laws to bet on the horses. There’s a while to go yet before they’ll decide which horse to put their cash on. However for many Cheltenham Gold Cup betting is just one of a few annual betting flutters where form, going, and other sensible factors are entirely eschewed and they select where to wager their money based on the name of the horse alone in the same way they might place any other novelty wager.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Is Already Open
Whilst the cruelty of horse racing is arguable (but unless you’ve a Macaque monkey on your back pulling at a bit of metal between your teeth whilst it whacks you on the arse with a whip insisting you jump fences and run fast you’re not really in a position to comment, are you?) the cruelty of some of the names is not. Most entrants in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting their ride’s name will be more memorable or attractive than the others could be disappointed, because this year there’s some classics.
Let’s start with the long shots for all those of you that like to bet on sports in the UK at Bet365 and can’t help but go for the underdogs. Arctic Skipper is tail end charlie at 200/1 with Perfect Candidate at 150/1 and Sausalito Sunrise, Fine Rightly, Kylemore Lough and Champagne West all get 100/1 making them perfect each way Cheltenham Gold Cup betting fodder, as are Shantou Flyer and Roi Des Francs, which both get 80/1, but if that doesn’t float your boat there’s a whole plethora sitting at 66/1.
Bet365 Offers Some Great Each Way Bets
Best Bet365 Wagers So Far
• Valseur Lido – 20/1
• Outlander – 14/1
• Cue Card – 12/1
• Djakadam – 12/1
• Native River – 5/1
• Thistlecrack – 8/11
Taquin Du Seuil, Saphir Du Rheu, Kotkikova, Irish Cavalier, Bristol De Mai, Sizing John, Theatre Guide, Vezelay and Wounded Warror all grab those odds at Bet365, with Tea For Two, Silviniaco Conti, Sub Lieutenant, More Of That, Un Temps Pour Tout, Smad Place and Blaklion all garnering 50/1 at present in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting odds. Road To Riches and Zabana are at 40/1 and hovering at 33/1 are Many Clouds, Empire Of Dirt, Minella Rocco and Don Poli. With Vroum Vroum Mag at 25/1.
The top of the field in the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting odds at the moment starts around Valseur Lido and Alary at 20/1, Outlander comes across with 14/1, Cue Card sits alongside Djakadam at 12/1 and Native River gets 5/1 behind the current favorite to take the race win and grab all the UK gambling news headlines, Thistlecrack. Thistlecrack gets 8/11 right now and that’s probably a good bet given the reputation, but I can’t help thinking that Valseur Lido each way at 20/1 is the nicest bet on available now despite the silly name.