Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 Tips – 25/1 Each-way Value Punt
On a weekend when 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner retired from racing and was given a deserved ovation at Ascot following his final but disappointing performance, several horses aiming to emulate the achievements of the 12-year-old gelding completed their 2019 Festival preparations.
Clan Des Obeaux from the in-form Paul Nicholls stable competed in the three miles Denman Chase at Ascot after it was rescheduled from the abandoned Newbury meeting. The 2018 King George winner was rarely troubled in the race against three other rivals with only the front-running Terrefort providing the 7-year-old with any real opposition.
Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 – the main contenders
A comfortable eleven lengths victory for Clan Des Obeaux underlined his credentials for challenging in next month’s Gold Cup, but it should be noted that he has failed to win in four previous attempts at Cheltenham. When last featuring at Prestbury Park, the Nicholls horse was beaten by Guitar Pete in the December Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase over 2m4f. Giving 24lb to the winner over that shorter distance could be viewed a genuine excuse for defeat.
Although Clan Des Obeaux is still an improving relatively young horse, he also failed to win in two races over an extended three miles last year. His stamina and ability to act at Cheltenham will be tested on Gold Cup day but he is available at 9/2 with William Hill.
On the same day over in Ireland at Gowran Park, the Red Mills Chase over 2m4f also featured a number of potential Gold Cup aspirants with Monalee eventually prevailing in another small field. The 2018 RSA runner-up behind Presenting Percy was a dubious jumper during his early novice days but is gradually learning his trade to become a genuine contender for honours at Cheltenham.
The Henry de Bromhead gelding has much to find with Kemboy following his seven lengths defeat back in the December Leopardstown Savills Chase and it is still possible that he could race in the Ryanair Chase. At 33/1 for the Gold Cup with Bet Victor, he represents decent each-way value should he run.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Each Way Fancy
Another horse competing in the Red Mills Chase provided further interest for the 2019 Gold Cup. 2018 third-placed horse Anibale Fly was runner-up behind Monalee, but was outpaced for much of the latter stages over a distance short of his best, before finishing a very creditable second. The Tony Martin trained gelding is not the quickest animal but he is a dour stayer and will be helped by easier ground.
Anibale Fly proved his stamina by finishing fourth in the 2018 Grand National and it could just be that he becomes a similar horse to The Giant Bolster of a few seasons previously, who was finished second, fourth and third in successive seasons without really threatening to win the Gold Cup. Another placed finished this season for Anibale Fly is a possibility at appealing odds of 25/1 with William Hill.
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