With less than two weeks to go before the Cheltenham Festival, now is the perfect time to analyse the form of this year’s contenders and weigh up all the factors which might help you to pick your winner for the Gold Cup day & bet on your favourite race.
You can spend days and weeks studying the form of all the horses and their riders. Analysing how each stable has prepared their horses and the specific training they have gone through. You can plot the build-up for each horse and the races they have competed in before the weekend. You can even try to analyse the miles the horses have spent travelling to get to Cheltenham. But we don’t know how much difference these factors will make in the actual race.
We do know that one of the biggest factors on the day will be the weather. A quick look through a host of weather watching websites reveals that there is a predicted rain shower every day right up until the festival kicks off. This will not only make the ground soft in the build-up to the race but, we could even see a wet race. On the day of the Gold Cup race, there is a predicted rain shower between midday and late afternoon. This window perfectly covers the race and could be a huge factor in helping to decide the winner.
With the unpredictability of the British weather, there could be a lot of merit in doing all of your Gold Cup day betting online on the actual day of the event. You can wait until the last minute and bet knowing the latest conditions and having seen how the horses are behaving in the weather. For all we know, it could be a gloriously sunny day with a firm course or the weather forecasters could be right and it could be a mud bath.
The Gold Cup is a race which has a history of previous winners coming back and winning the race the following year. In 2014, Lord Windermere won the race at outsider odds of 20/1. He was an outsider then and he is an outsider now. If you are going to be placing a Bet on the Gold Cup – William Hill have Lord Windermere at 100/1 right now. There is nothing to suggest that he is not capable of repeating his winning feat.
Cue Card is this year’s favourite and it is the history of last year’s fall which means he could stand a chance of winning. Running in a strong pack and more than holding his own with the leaders, Cue Card fell at the third from last when he could quite easily have run on to win the race. We know that the Gold Cup has repeatedly given us back-to-back winners, but maybe this year it will give Cue Card the opportunity to correct the wrongs of last year. Winning is a great way to make up for falling.