This prestigious race was won last year by Native River for the Colin Tizzard yard in what was his first Gold Cup Victory. However, he hasn’t run anywhere near his best this year finishing second and third in his two runs. This has seen him drift to 6/1 in the market, but no previous Gold Cup winner should be discounted lightly.
Presenting Percy was a clear favourite for this race earlier in the season but now finds himself joined as favourite in the market. This is mainly due to the fact that he has only run once this season and that was a grade 2 hurdle race in Ireland. Despite the drift and lack of runs, he still has a very good chance in this race and is the best Irish shot. He has been in the news lately for schooling over the larger obstacles on a reversed track at Galway.
Might Bite was outstayed up the hill last year by Native River to finish second when going off as favourite. However, the quirky star hasn’t return this season with the same pizazz and has finished well beaten in both his races this year. This has meant that he has drifted big time in the market to around 16/1. But don’t expect him to be that price come the start of the race as Henderson has reported that he is all systems go at home once again and looks back to his usual best now. A longstanding problem with ulcers had meant he was on medication for the issue and it is believed that this was the reason for some lacklustre runs. 16/1 is a huge price for a very talented horse.
The one to beat however is the market leader, Clan Des Obeaux. He thrashed a dual grade 1 winner last time out and trainer Paul Nicholls is sure that there is more improvement to come from him. He is a lot less exposed than some of his rivals and Nicholls is very hopeful that Clan Des Obeaux can provide him with his first Gold Cup winner since Kauto Star Won it in 2009.
Win Bet: Clan Des Obeaux 4/1
Each Way Bet: Might Bite 16/1