Bobs Worth bidding to win at the Cheltenham Festival for fourth year running
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Nicky Henderson has been in the shadow of trainer Willie Mullins during the Festival, although the former has a strong favourite for the Gold Cup on Friday and Sky Bet free bet go 15/8 about last year’s Gold Cup winner claiming the spoils again.
Bobs Worth has never done a thing wrong at Cheltenham, having won an Albert Bartlett Novices’ Chase before triumphing in the RSA Chase and then scooping the Gold Cup in 2013 despite a sub-standard run over this three mile and two furlong track.
Barry Geraghty is confident of winning this race again and the good ground should come in his favour, with the hill to the horse’s liking and Henderson feels that the nine-year-old can produce the brightest performance of his stable.
Silviniaco Conti is second favourite at 3/1 and was an impressive winner of the King George on Boxing Day even if the victory owed as much to the tiredness of Cue Card when making all.
Nevertheless, the horse’s stamina is not open to question and perhaps Paul Nicholls can finish the Festival with a smile on his face, with the second favourite having fallen last year when in contention.
Last Instalment would seem to prefer some cut in the ground, although the horse is trading at 7/1 and ran very well at Leopardstown last time out, while First Lieutenant goes for Mouse Morris after connections decided to go for this race rather than the Ryanair.
Triolo D’Alene is a 12/1 chance and Nicky Henderson saddles this talented horse who is among the favourites to win the Grand National, while On His Own will also take his place and will be ridden by Ruby Walsh.