The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run over a distance of 3 miles and 2.5 furlongs. There are 22 fences that have to be cleared by the elite horses. It is the big Friday race of the Cheltenham Festival and arguably the most exciting. The Gold Cup is the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain and has been won in the past by Arkle, Best Mate, Golden Miller and Kauto Star. The new course has been run since 1959 and creates a huge challenge to the jockeys.
The most successful horse in Gold Cup history is Golden Miller who won 5 consecutive Gold Cup's in the 1930's! The race was won by Coneygree in 2015 and by Don Cossack in 2016.
This years early and strong favourite is the incredible Thistlecrack who is trained by Colin Tizzard down in the beautiful Somerset surroundings. He won his first race at Wincanton Racecourse in 2013. Thistlecrack odds have tumbled in recent months as he clocks up major win after major win. He easily won the King George VI Chase in 2016 and horse lovers have a new hero - He is an absolutely unbelievable horse.
Native River is coming in as second favourite and is thought to be the biggest threat to Thistlecrack this year. Native River won the Coral Welsh Grand National and is getting stronger and stronger. Also a Colin Tizzard trained horse, it could be a very good race for him!
An unfortunate absentee from the Gold Cup will be Coneygree the 2015 winner who has had to pull out due to injury. The Coneygree odds could have been very tempting behind the favourites.
No one can rule out Cue Card who is an incredible horse and will have considerably longer odds than Thistlecrack so could be worth a punt!
Take a look at the odds or take advantage of our free bets and offers and see if you can win the Gold Cup!
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