UK – Sportsbooks around Europe have slashed betting odds on the current favourite to win the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup; Al Boum Photo, which is undoubtedly the main event of Friday’s races at Cheltenham.
The horse, trained by Mullins and ridden by Townsend, is defending its crown as last year’s winner and is fine form ahead of the meeting.
Al Boum Photo is priced at odds of 3/1 on average with second favourite Delta Work at 11/2.
Other horses to keep an eye on at the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup are: Santini at 6/1, Chris’s Dream at 25/1 and four time Gold Cup winner Clan Des Obeaux at 15/2.
Clan Des Obeaux is trained by Nicholls and ridden by Cobden and the jockey feels he is in with a chance of upsetting the favourite and scooping another 5th Crown:
“I’m really looking forward to it. He’s an improved horse and Paul doesn’t think he can get him any fitter. He’s had a perfect prep. I schooled him last week and he jumped fantastic. We are just hoping he is a stronger, older, wiser horse and hopefully I’ll ride him a bit better, with more confidence and hang on to him a bit more. Native River coming out of the race is a big plus. I think last year we just went too hard early on.”
“It’s the race I’ve always wanted to win. I’d rather have a Gold Cup than a Grand National. My clearest memories of Cheltenham as a boy are of Kauto Star and Denman winning. Those were the days where you got home from school and watched the replays. I wanted to work for Paul Nicholls. I never thought I’d ride for him.”
Full Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Race Schedule:
- JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (GRADE 1) (1) 4YO 1
- RANDOX HEALTH COUNTY HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE 3) (1) 5YO+ 1
- ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 1) (REGISTERED AS THE SPA NOVICES’ HURDLE) (1) 4YO+ 1
- MAGNERS CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP CHASE (GRADE 1) (1) 5YO+ 1
- JAMES’S PLACE FOXHUNTER CHALLENGE CUP OPEN HUNTERS’ CHASE (2) 5YO+ 2
- JOHNNY HENDERSON GRAND ANNUAL CHALLENGE CUP HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE 3) (1) 5YO+ 1
- MARTIN PIPE CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE (0-145) (2) 4YO+ 2
Top picks to watch out for at today’s races: Goshen, Ciel De Neige, Latest Exhibition, Billaway, Chosen Mate and Front View.
You can bet on this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup at these top sportsbook betting sites here.