Bobs Worth bagged his third consecutive win at the Cheltenham Festival, but this time around it was the coveted prize of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, as the 11/4 favourite fought off a spirited duo in Sir Des Champs and Long Run to land the blue riband event of the meeting.
Having to be cajoled into contention by Barry Geraghty in the latter stages, last year's RSA Chase came with a real challenge turning into the home straight and he duly went to the front between the last two fences and jumped with aplomb as he stayed on dourly to beat Sir Des Champs and the front-running Long Run to land the honours.
15:20 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1, 3m 2f 110y)
1. Bobs Worth - B J Geraghty - N J Henderson 11/4 Fav
2. Sir Des Champs - A P McCoy - W P Mullins 4/1
3. Long Run - Mr S Waley-Cohen - N J Henderson 11/2
The Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup is widely considered as the most prestigious race on the UK National Hunt racing calendar and it is the feature race of the Cheltenham Festival each spring; the race attracts the best 3 mile chasers of the season and it has thrown up some legendary winners down the years.
There is huge prize money on offer for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup and it will always have a stellar field with trainers and owners dreaming of having a Gold Cup runner while a winner of the big race is always the highlights of anyone’s career. The race has been run on the New Course at Cheltenham since 1959 and continues to grow in stature with every passing season as part of the climax of the National Hunt calendar.
The Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup is a huge race from a betting point of view with the ante-post prices running right through the season and up until race day.
Punters are attracted to the big names that always turn up to the Gold Cup and through the years we have seen some of the great chasers win the race, perhaps the most famous of those is Arkle who won the race three years in-a-row during the 60’s. Arkle is considered by many to be the greatest chaser of all time and he made his name in the Gold Cup.
Since the turn of the 21st century the Gold Cup has come alive once again with some real star names making their names at Cheltenham. The brilliant Best Mate dominated the Gold Cup winning it three times in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and was a horse that captured the nation’s hearts. Best Mate was responsible for breathing new life into the Gold Cup in the modern era while Kauto Star has continued that revival with his brilliant wins in 2007 and 2009. Kauto Star became the first horse ever to regain the Gold Cup with that win in 2009, and his rivalry with 2008 winner Denman brought the Gold Cup right back into the headlines where it belongs.
The Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup is a true test of the best chasers around with the Cheltenham undulations always a test for the very best, only the top class horses have a chance at winning the Gold Cup while a win will see them catapulted into racing stardom.
Throughout the season the best chasers in the UK & Ireland will be warming up for their date with destiny in March and we will keep abreast of all the latest form guides as well as providing a detailed list of all the runners on raceday.
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Paddy Power Gold Cup (Cheltenham)
JNWine.com Champion Chase (Down Royal)
Argento Chase (Cheltenham)
Betfair Chase (Haydock Park)
King George VI Chase (Kempton Park)
Lexus Chase (Leopardstown)
Aon Chase (Newbury)
Irish Hennessy Gold Cup (Leopardstown)