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Cheltenham Gold Cup Preview : Native River Has The Stamina To Win The Blue Riband Of Chasing

Cheltenham Preview
Last Updated : 14th March, 2018 By Steve A
Cheltenham Racecourse
Friday, March 16th at 3.30pm
Live on ITV
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The last five winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup are not taking part this year so the trend of the race producing multiple winners will not continue. Best Mate and Kauto Star have won more than one Gold Cup this century but there will be a new winner this time and the conditions will favour Native River who was third in the race last year. You can back Native River or your own selection using a Cheltenham Festival bookmaker horse racing free bet.  

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious steeplechase in the sport, It’s a race over in excess three miles and two furlongs and there are 22 fences. Horses aged five and over are eligible and every horse carries the same weight so the best runner on the day prevails. However, it’s not always the best chaser in training because the nature of the track suits some horses and not others. Might Bite is the favourite at 4/1 with Unibet 18+ Ts and Cs Apply).  

The winner of the Gold Cup must jump well at pace, have the speed to stay in a prominent position and then have the stamina to stay up the hill after the final fence. Indeed the whole complexion of the race can change on the run-in and the outcome is often not decided until inside the final furlong. Sizing John outstayed the field last year but will not run due to a pelvis injury which will not affect his long term career.  

Might Bite has been the favourite for the best part of a year. The horse won the 2017 RSA Chase in bizarre circumstances. Holding a clear lead after the last Might Bite veered of course and was overhauled by Whisper. However, the jockey got Might Bite running again and the horse took a crucial lead in the shadow of the post. There are too many doubts about Might Bite’s liking for Cheltenham so the horse can be opposed. 

Our Duke (6/1 with Ladbrokes 18+ Ts and Cs Apply)turned last year’s Irish Grand National into a procession and was a Graded horse running in a handicap. The horse’s seasonal reappearance was too bad to be true but a recent win in Ireland suggested Our Duke is a player in the Gold Cup. However, the horse has not run on the track or at the festival and they are significant negatives. There is no value in the odds for such an inexperienced horse. 

Native River has everything you need for a Gold Cup run on soft to heavy ground. A speedier type could overhaul Native River on good ground but conditions underfoot will suit Native River more than some of the other leading contenders. The race on the prevailing ground will be more about stamina than speed so Native River is the horse to back to win the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup. Tip

NATIVE RIVER has the stamina to win the Gold Cupampion Chase 

Get odds of 4/1 on Native River with William Hill. (18+ Ts and Cs Apply)

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  • Golden Miller is the winning most horse with five victories from 1932 to 1936.
  • Pat Taaffe is the leading jockey with four wins between 1964 and 1968.
  • Tom Dreaper trained five Gold Cup winners which is a record.
  • The race is the Blue Riband of chasing.
  • A horse aged 10 or older has not won the race since 1998.
  • Eight outright favourites have won the race since 2000.
  • The average price of the winner over the last 10 years is 6/1.
  • There has been only double-figure odds figure this century. 
  • The last 18 winners had won a Grade 1 race.
  • All but two of those winners ran in the King George or Lexus Chase.

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