Native River leads the betting to defend its title, however faces nonetheless competitors from Presenting Percy and Clan Des Obeaux.
Paul Nicholls-trained Clan Des Obeaux has had one of the best preparation out of the sphere and the coach admitted he was stunned by the excessive odds it has been given.
Elsewhere, Triumph Hurdle favorite Sir Eric will attempt to show that an damage scare final week was simply that and start the day with a win. Bookmakers revealed that Thursday was one among their worst ever days at Cheltenham after 4 well-fancied horses delivered for punters.
Alternatives: 1.30 Sir Eric, 2.10 Western Rider, 2.50 Rhinestone, 3.30 Clan Des Obeaux, 4.10 Hazel Hill, 4.50 Not One other Muddle, 5.30 Dallas Des Pictons.
1.30 JCB Triumph Hurdle
Sir Eric is a transparent favorite to win on this, however there was some slight concern over his health after he picked up a stone bruise final Thursday. Nonetheless, the betting market didn’t modify, in actual fact its odds shortened, which suggests there’s nothing to fret about.
The Joseph O’Brien-trained horse has been spectacular over hurdles this season, the stamina take a look at will go well with him and it ought to have sufficient to beat a area not full of high quality.
Quel Destin comes into the race with 5 consecutive wins behind it, together with a Grade 1 win at Chepstow, though the standard of the races doesn’t set it nicely for this. Paul Nicholls’ different contender, Pic D’Orhy, had respectable juvenile kind in France and is an unknown amount on his debut for the brand new secure.
2.10 Randox Well being County Handicap Hurdle
Take your decide from the 26-strong area. Pingshou was most not too long ago seen ending final within the Champion Hurdle Path at Haydock, however it was a Grade 1 winner as a Novice at Aintree. Could also be a long-shot.
Western Rider has the stamina to go well with this and can keep on, whether or not it may well win or not will rely on if it may well ship in the best way coach Warren Greatrex hopes.
2.50 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle
Rhinestone stands a good probability after completed second to Commander Of Fleet at Leopardstown final time. He has simply three runs over hurdles to his identify, however he’s extra skilled than that will counsel. Had a number of good runs, together with on this race final 12 months and the gentle floor is not going to be an issue.
Birchdale received very nicely at Cheltenham in January and this will probably be its largest take a look at in simply its third race. Lisnagar Oscar can be one to look at following an excellent win at Haydock final time, the place it beat Ask Ben by 10 lengths. Stoney Mountain additionally affords nice each-way worth and has been enhancing with each problem it faces.
3.30 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup
Right here we go, the one which issues and the choice for the 2019 Gold Cup is…Clan Des Obeaux. Paul Nicholls is aware of what it takes to win a Gold Cup, having received it 4 occasions earlier than, and Clan Des Obeaux has had one of the best preparation of the sphere after successful the King George VI and following it up with a win at Ascot a month later.
Presenting Percy leads the betting after it received the Pertemps Community Ultimate Handicap Hurdle in 2017 and the 2018 RSA in excellent fashion. Nonetheless, it has not jumped a fence in public for the reason that Competition final 12 months.
Undoubtedly Purple affords good each-way worth.
4.10 St. James’ Place Foxhunter Problem Cup Open Hunters’ Chase
This race has decreased in stature over current years and isn’t one which generates an enormous quantity of curiosity.
Hazel Hill is a well-fancied runner after successful 14 of its final 15 races. Stand Up And Struggle appears to be like quick based mostly on what he has carried out, whereas Ucello Conti may do a job for Gordon Elliott.
4.50 Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Problem Cup Handicap Chase
This two-mile handicap is a troublesome race and Not One other Muddle stands an excellent probability of doing one thing right here. It’s comparatively gentle on expertise, however it jumps very nicely. It received with quite a bit to spare final time at Sandown, in a race that produced the runner-up on this one final 12 months.
Thoughts’s eye can be well-placed to do nicely, two miles is a distance that fits him and Henry De Broomhead had loads of choices for this horse at Cheltenham.
5.30 Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
Because the skilled jockeys head off to beat the site visitors, or race to city early, the novice jockeys finish the Competition on this one.
Dallas Des Pictons may do nicely as usually stays on, which may be necessary in these often-testing races. It did nicely to win final day out in less-than splendid situations in a fast three-mile race at Leopardstown, Gordon Elliott has a fantastic file in these races and is aware of what it take to win it.
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