Who are the early favourites for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Now the last race of 2016 has been run at Cheltenham, many horse racing betting fans are already looking at who will be the big winners at the famous race course in 2017. Of course the biggest race in Cheltenham’s schedule is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which will be one of the highlights of the Cheltenham Festival from the 14th to the 17th of March.

Currently the favourite on horse racing betting site Coral is Thistlecrack with odds of 7/2. The eight year old horse caught everyone’s attention during this year’s Aspen Waite Complete Business Growth Service Novices’ Chase at Chepstow. The race was Thistlecrack’s first over fences, which was surprising as he jumped and landed over each one perfectly. Expert David Metcalf wrote on the Coral news website that the horse “could simply not have been any more impressive” after his win, and has backed him to win again in March.

Another blow against his chances is the fact that novices have always done badly in the race, with Conyegree becoming the first novice last year to win the race since 1974. But of course there is a long time until the jockeys meet at the start line next year. Luckily you can check out what some of Coral’s horse racing journalists have to say whenever you want leading up to the big day in March on the horse racing betting site. The latest odds will be displayed next to every article, so it couldn’t be easier to secure the best early odds.

The field behind Thislecrack is a lot tighter when it comes down to looking at the horse racing betting odds. The second favourite at bookmakers Coral for the race is currently Coneygree, but the horse has odds of just 7/1. The winner of last year’s race hasn’t had a great 12 months since securing victory last year. A promising 2016 for the horse was ruined when Coneygree picked up a hock injury shortly after winning the Gold Cup. But his trainer Mark Bradstock has said that he’s confident he’ll be able to get the horse back to his winning ways before March. With odds of just 7/1 for a horse that has proven he can win this race, this could be a very rewarding bet to make.

Just behind last year’s champion are two more well known names that could easily cause an upset at the bookmakers. Cue Card may have only won once this year at Aintree, but if he can rediscover the form he had in 2015 then he might attract a lot of interest. On the other hand Douvan has had a great 2016. In fact he hasn’t failed to win a race in the last 24 months. Although he hasn’t faced competition this tough in his 10 straight wins, there is every chance he could make it eleven straight victories in March. With both horses with odds at 8/1 at Coral, both would be worthy of a bet at this early stage.


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