Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips and Betting Offers, Cheltenham Festival Day Four, Friday 16th March 2018
The Cheltenham Festival ends in climatic fashion this Friday with the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup set to take centre stage. The three mile, two and a half furlong test dates back nearly a 100 years and it’s a race which has seen some of the finest chasers in racing history crowned champion.
For the 2018 renewal, the Grade 1 contest has had its prize money increased to £625,000, maintaining its status as the most valuable non-handicap National Hunt race in Britain.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase Betting Tips and Free Bets
Odds correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.
Cheltenham Gold Cup 2018 Betting Offers
There are going to be plenty of massive betting offers popping up for the Gold Cup and we’ll post them here when they do. Note that all offers and promotions carry various terms and conditions, including that customers must be 18+. Please read the full T&C at the relevant betting site and please Gamble Responsibly.
- Betfair – 70/1 Might Bite to win the Gold Cup – New Customers can get Might Bite at an enhanced 70/1 to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Max Stake £1. Winnings paid in free bets, valid for 7 days, only deposits with cards/Paypal count. Exchange and multiple bets excluded. T&C’s Apply. 18+|Gamble Aware.
- 888sport – MITE BITE at odds of 33/1 to win the Gold Cup –
As we await more big race-specific offers, see all available Cheltenham Festival Betting Offers and Bonuses.
Gold Cup Betting Tips and Race Preview 2018
Might Bite (4/1, Betfair) is the joint favourite among a field of 18 as he looks to extend his five race winning streak. The nine-year-old secured his first taste of Festival success last season but did so in dramatic fashion. Nicky Henderson’s horse looked home and dry before slowing down and veering wildly to the right. A stray horse put him back on track and helped him claw back his lead by a nose length.
He’s not been as erratic since this showing however, winning races such as the King George VI Chase in far more professionals style. He did fall on the previous King George renewal but Daryl Jacob needs to take most of the blame for that. Might Bite has since shown what a fine jumper he is, forming a wonderful partnership with Nico de Boinville who will ride him once again here.
Native River managed a third place finish in this race last year, unable to put the cherry on top of what had been a superb season. Last year’s Denman Chase and Welsh National winner just didn’t quite have the speed to match Sizing John on the day. The going 12 months ago didn’t especially suit him but soft ground this year will as he’s a horse with bags of stamina.
Colin Tizzard has only sent his eight-year-old out once this season but his Denman Chase performance suggests he’s perhaps gotten even better following a long break. The chestnut gelding won the Grade 2 clash by 12 lengths, jumping well throughout and a repeat showing could well see him claim the Gold Cup crown.
Our Duke (7/1, William Hill) is the third favourite in a race where 15 of the last 17 winners came from the top three of the betting. He doesn’t carry anywhere near the same appeal as the two front runners however. Beginning the season with a terrible performance at Down Royal, things didn’t improve a great deal when 16 lengths off the pace at Leopardstown in February. Tried out over a shorter trip last month, he did secure a win but a two and a half mile contest can’t be considered great preparation for the Gold Cup.
For a place or each way bet, Definitly Red is one to watch out for on the back of his Cotswold Chase performance. It was race which marked back to back victories for the nine-year-old who handled the fences on the New Course without any issue during his eight length victory. With two high quality victories secured this season over the three mile one furlong mark, he’s not one to be overlooked.