Having been frozen solid for days under the “Beast From The East”, and then both thawed and rained upon profusely, the Cheltenham Festival goes ahead in some of the softest conditions for decades but should that affect the Cheltenham Gold Cup bets you place this year? We take a look at the runners in this one of the most famous and historic horse races in the world and see just who you should be backing at the bookies in these heavy going conditions.
They’ve been running it since 1819 and once again the Cheltenham Gold Cup bets on getting as many UK gambling news headlines all to itself as it usually does. An exceptional race with a big field this is the highlight of the festival and should draw huge crowds even if the weather doesn’t play ball. But with the bookies playing it awfully close to their chest this year which of these great horses should you be placing your bank roll on? Well, there’s no shortage of choices for you to pick from this time round.
Obviously as always there are some silly Cheltenham Gold Cup bets. That optimists dream 100/1 shot this year is Shantou Flyer who might not even make it to the start let alone the finish, Mala Beach sounds sunny and would need to be on those 66/1 odds they share with Saphir Du Rheu, and Tea For Two hardly fares better at 50/1 but is admittedly just a sniff ahead of Double Shuffle at 40/1. Should you back any of them to win? Definitely not, but in soft going like this an each-way wager isn’t absurd.
Will The Conditions Favour An Outside Wager This year?
Best Cheltenham Gold Cup Bets In 2018
• Djakadam – 20/1
• Minella Rocco – 20/1
• Total Recall – 16/1
• Edwulf – 16/1
• Definitly Red – 12/1
• Road To Respect – 9/1
• Killultagh Vic – 9/1
• Our Duke –13/2
• Native River – 4/1
• Might Bite – 3/1
Bachasson gets 33/1 ahead of Outlander, American and Anibale Fly who are all 25/1 Cheltenham Gold Cup bets this year, although frankly they’re no more tempting than Minella Rocco and Djakadam both of whom are getting a far nicer 20/1 to win. Each-way these are good wagers, there’s likely to be a good deal of chaos on the course, especially if it’s raining, so who is to say they won’t take advantage of this to at least grab a sneaky third place prize over the hugely lenghty 3 miles 2 ½ furlong course.
Cheltenham Gold Cup bets of that variety are, however, not for the faint of heart and those taking advantage of UK gambling laws to back an each-way runner might want to consider some of the 16/1 shots. Total Recall is a good chance for a place, as is Edwulf. Beyond that, the 12/1 shot Definitely Red has closed up massively and now looks a really good bet on the nose rather than a hedging each-way effort. That said, if you’re trying to pick a winner there are some lovely choices further up the field.
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2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup
• Can Might Bite really win this prestigious race in 2018?
• Will Native River beat those 4/1 odds to take the win on the day?
• Should you back Our Duke at 13/2 to make the best of the weather?
• Are Road To Respect or Killultagh Vic good Cheltenham Gold Cup Bets?
The 9/1 Cheltenham Gold Cup bets this year are Road To Respect and Kilutagh Vic although Road to Respect on in a field of 12 over 3 miles in December, and Kilutagh Vic only won on New Year’s Eve over a scant 2 miles 4 Furlongs. Naturally, Our Duke at 13/2 will tempt some of you, however do be aware it has not won over this distance since April last year, and the two favorites do have quite a cushion in Cheltenham Gold Cup betting odds over it at the bookies, possibly precisely for that reason.
At the top of the field are Native River and Might Bite who have been undulating about at 4/1 and 3/1 respectively, and whilst they are the best on-the-nose Cheltenham Gold Cup bets there’s definitely an air of uncertainty over which is going to make the best of the conditions and which, therefore, would be the best wager to grab if you’re planning on placing a bet on sports in the UK this week and fancy a wager on the biggest race at the Cheltenham Festival, the premier race meeting on the spring calendar.