Native River, Clan Des Obeaux and Presenting Percy are among the superstars that will battle it out for glory at the biggest jumps race of the year.
<p>The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the richest and most prestigious Grade 1 race of the year and it always attracts a stellar field. Arkle, Golden Miller and Best Mate are among the legends that have surged to victory in this famous contest since it began as a jumps race in 1924. This year’s contenders are bidding to join that pantheon of greats and it promises to develop into another ferociously competitive, exhilarating battle.</p><h2>Cheltenham Gold Cup format</h2><p>The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the showpiece event on the final day of the <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/cheltenham-festival-2019-horse-racing-tips-and-essential-betting-guide/89503/" target="_blank" title="Cheltenham Festival">Cheltenham Festival</a>, taking place at 3.30pm on Friday, March 15 this year. The leading stayers in the business will line up at the New Course at Cheltenham and battle it out for fame and fortune over a lung-busting 3 miles 2½ furlongs, taking in 22 perilous fences and culminating in a thrilling surge up the home straight as roaring crowds watch on. It is the most important race of the year and whoever secures victory will go down as a legend of the sport.</p><h2>Cheltenham Gold Cup runners</h2><p>Last year’s winner, Native River, will return in a bid to defend his crown. He prevailed in an epic battle with favourite Might Bite last year, and he has since placed at the Betfair Chase and the King George VI Chase this season. Clan Des Obeaux, who won the King George ahead of Thistelcrack and Native River, is also aiming for Gold Cup glory and generating a lot of buzz. Presenting Percy, a Cheltenham Festival superstar, is also in the mix, alongside big names such as Kemboy, Might Bite, Road To Respect, Bellshill, Al Boum Photo and Thistlecrack.</p><h2>Cheltenham Gold Cup odds</h2><p>Presenting Percy was the antepost favourite for a long time, but now many bookmakers cannot split him and Clan Des Obeaux. <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6" target="_blank" title="Betfair">Betfair</a> has 4/1 on each of them, while <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" target="_blank" title="William Hill">William Hill</a> is now also offering 4/1 on Presenting Percy. Clan Des Obeaux displayed his Gold Cup credentials with a comfortable victory in the Grade 2 Denman Chase last month, and he is shaping up very nicely for this race. Presenting Percy won the Listed Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle at the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, and seized the Grade 1 RSA Insurance Novices’ Chase last year. Since then he has only raced once, winning the Grade 2 John Mulhern Galmoy Hurdle at Gowran Park.</p><p>Native River is out at 6/1 in the betting with William Hill and <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=1ba923f3-5341-4bda-b457-0138ac61ae7a" target="_blank" title="Betfred">Betfred</a> and he is attracting some attention at that price. Most bookmakers pay a fifth of the odds for finishing second or third if you go each-way, so Native River might make a good option in that regard. He was very competitive in the Betfair Chase and the King George VI Chase and he has proven his mettle in this one. Meanwhile, Kemboy is 10/1 and last year’s favourite Might Bite is 14/1 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a>, and you can find 14/1 on Bellshill, 16/1 on Thistlecrack and Al Boum Photo and 20/1 on Road To Respect.</p><h2>Cheltenham Gold Cup tips</h2><p>Native River looks like an attractive each-way option at odds of 6/1, and Might Bite also looks good at 14/1 after running so well last year. The punters are backing Presenting Percy in their droves, but Clan Des Obeaux looks phenomenal and he might make a better option.</p>