Henderson Star Favourite To Defend Crown

Bobs Worth goes into the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup as the 2/1 favourite with bet365 in the racing betting for the blue riband event of the Festival.

Nicky Henderson’s chaser was successful in the feature contest of the meeting in 2013 when he finished ahead of Sir Des Champs and Long Run to bring his record at Prestbury Park to five wins from five outings there.

During the 2013/14 campaign so far, Bobs Worth has only seen a racecourse twice. He opened up at Haydock in the Betfair Chase where he went off as the favourite in the racing live betting. However, he never looked like winning the Grade One contest and came home sixth of the eight runners in a disappointing run.

The Gold Cup winner was back to his best though, last time out in Ireland in the Lexus Chase in December. Henderson chose the Leopardstown race as his horse’s next step as he felt the track suited his runner more than Kempton where the King George was ruled out. The nine-year old rewarded his connections with an impressive performance.

He stayed out the three mile better than any of his rivals to come home in front of First Lieutenant and Rubi Ball, the other two runners to make the frame.

Paul Nicholls is vying to win the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup for a fifth time. His best chance this year appears to be with Silviniaco Conti who is second best in the market for the race.

He was travelling well in the Gold Cup 12 months ago but fell three from home. Since then, he has gone on to win the King George and was a respectable third in his seasonal reappearance in the Betfair Chase at Haydock behind Cue Card and Dynaste.

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