Bobs Worth has a formidable Cheltenham record and can claim a second Gold Cup in 2014
Nicky Henderson might be playing second fiddle to Willie Mullins in the training stakes for Cheltenham, although the former can enjoy victory in the biggest race the Festival has to offer thanks to his superstar Bobs Worth.
The nine-year-old is Henderson’s best chance of a winner following the withdrawal of Sprinter Sacre from the Champion Chase, with the latter having to miss out on the defence of his crown thanks to not being 100% fit for the Festival.
However, Bobs Worth is in great nick ahead of his Gold Cup defence as the horse looks to continue his unbeaten record at Cheltenham, having won the Albert Bartlett in 2011, the RSA Chase in 2012 before capturing the major prize last year.
Jockey Barry Geraghty claims that he couldn’t be happier with the horse and the drying ground should come into his favour when set against Silviniaco Conti who would surely prefer softer ground to make it more of a stamina contest.
The latter claimed victory in the King George in December when outstaying Cue Card at the end although the Paul Nicholls horse didn’t look like the winner a few flights out and could be outpaced by the race favourite if it was to come to a straight tussle between the pair.
There doesn’t seem to be a huge number of dangers to Bobs Worth although Last Instalment has been well supported in the lead up to the race, with the nine-year-old claiming an impressive victory at Leopardstown when beating Tidal Bay and First Lieutenant.
However, the Henderson horse also won at this track in the Lexus Chase when beating First Lieutenant, while Bobs Worth simply loves the Cheltenham Hill which counts for a lot when it comes to the end of a stamina-sapping three mile contest.
Henderson said: “You know with him if he’s in contention, there snapping, at the second-last it will take a good horse to beat him in the Gold Cup. He’ll come up the hill, he has got the fight and the stamina. Silviniaco Conti is the obvious danger while Last Instalment beat First Lieutenant in the Irish Hennessy rather better than we did in the Lexus Chase.”
RECOMMENDATION: Bob’s Worth @ 2/1 (William Hill)