2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tips

The 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting tips from Betting.org experts have Presenting Percy down as winning the feature Grade 1 at the Festival on Friday, 15 March. As this extended 3m 2f contest is the blue riband event of steeplechasing, there are host of dangers but Paul Nicholls’ improving Clan Des Obeaux and the defending champion Native River are feared most. If you’re looking to bet each-way, then Bellshill looks the pick of Willie Mullins’ quartet in the race, while Elegant Escape – the Colin Tizzard trained stablemate of Native River – also has claims. Read all about these horses in our detailed 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting tips.

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Presenting Percy the Gold Cup choice at Cheltenham

The highlight of the entire Cheltenham Festival – the Gold Cup itself – takes centre stage on Friday (15:30) and Presenting Percy is well-fancied to win a third consecutive race at this meeting. Trained in Ireland by the very shrewd Pat Kelly, this eight-year-old has progressed from handicapper to the Emerald Isle’s leading hope in the blue riband event of National Hunt steeplechases.

Presenting Percy shot to fame when landing the Pertemps Network Final at the Festival two years ago despite connections complaining of the British handicapper’s assessment of previous performances. He took up the running before the last and stayed on strongly up the Cheltenham hill to score by 3 3/4 lengths.

Although then disappointing at the 2017 Punchestown Festival, Presenting Percy was soon over the larger obstacles winning a beginners events at local course Galway on reappearance last season. While only third in the Grade 2 Florida Pearl at Punchestown, he then landed the valuable Porterstown Handicap over the Irish Grand National course and distance around Fairyhouse.

An 11-length victory there is a huge plus in the context of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, because it proves Presenting Percy stays further. He was then switched back to hurdles and plundered the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle before getting just tapped for toe by Our Duke at the same venue when back over fences and dropped down in distance to 2m 4f.

Impressive RSA victory

Presenting Percy was then sent off a well-backed 5/2 favourite for the 3m RSA Chase here 12 months ago, where he led before the penultimate fence and drew clear in-between the last two obstacles to score by seven lengths. It was a taking display and the form reads very well indeed.

The runner-up Monalee has run a string of fine races since, including when back in trip for the Grade 2 Red Mills Chase. Elegant Escape, who was third, meanwhile, has also been highly consistent in staying chases this season and there’s more on him below.

Connections have avoided running Presenting Percy on unseasonably good ground throughout the winter. He hasn’t jumped a fence competitively since the RSA, but has gone back to Galway for extensive schooling. That lack of a chase start would normally be a worry, but trainer Kelly used the Galmoy Hurdle as part of his prep last season.

Presenting Percy looked as good as ever on reappearance when winning that race again over young improver Bapaume. It’s been 90 years since a Gold Cup winner warmed up over hurdles, but he should handle the forecast good to soft going after winning the Pertemps on a sound surface. Presenting Percy is thus the main selection of these 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting tips.

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Clan Des Obeaux and Native River the main dangers

This is a wide-open renewal, so a case can be made for a few. Clan Des Obeaux has really stepped up his form for trainer Paul Nicholls this season, so is respected after two very impressive successes. The seven-year-old really looks to have come into his own after showing early promise.

After winning the Grade 2 Berkshire Novices’ Chase back in 2016, Clan Des Obeaux was somewhat disappointing for the rest of his first campaign over fences. He then ran some very respectable races last season, including when trying to give Guitar Pete 24lb in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup here in November 2017.

Clan Des Obeaux then shaped well when a 10 1/2 lengths third behind Might Bite and Bristol De Mai, who has since arguably improved past, in a Grade 1 at Aintree last spring. He came on massively for his return to action in the Betfair Chase at Haydock by subsequently winning the King George VI Chase at Kempton.

Many of the UK’s top staying chasers go for that Boxing Day feature whether the track suits them or not, but Clan Des Obeaux hit the front at the last and found enough to hold Thistlecrack by a cosy 1 1/2 lengths. The front two pulled 12 lengths clear of the third, Native River.

While that may look solid form, not least because Clan Des Obeaux romped to a facile success in the rearranged Grade 2 Denman Chase last time out, Cheltenham is very different to Kempton. Nonetheless, he has improved markedly and holds every chance of finally winning a race at the home of jumps horse racing.

Native River also respected

History is against Native River retaining his title, but like Presenting Percy he is a thorough stayer with form over further. The defending Gold Cup champion is trained by Colin Tizzard and went for the Triple Crown this season despite neither Haydock not Kempton really playing to his strengths.

Native River has done exceptionally well to place in both the Betfair Chase and the King George. The latter race at Kempton is particularly unsuitable, being right-handed and a tight, flat track. This nine-year-old is at his best going anticlockwise and on galloping courses.

After finishing a fine third behind Sizing John and Minella Rocco in the 2017 Gold Cup, Native River was more lightly-raced last season. That was a wise decision by connections, because he had gone for and won some big handicaps at the end of 2016 – the old Hennessy Gold Cup and Welsh Grand National over 3m 5f.

As a novice, Native River ran in the 4m National Hunt Chase. That proven stamina stands him in good stead, but he looks unlikely to get the same really soft going encountered when triumphing in the Gold Cup 12 months ago. He was bold and brave with his jumping up front and simply outstayed Might Bite to the line from the last.

On official figures, Native River is joint top rated with Clan Des Obeaux and Bristol De Mai. The return to Cheltenham where his chase results are 231 will surely see him in a better light than the King George, so he warrants a mention in these 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup tips and lots of respect.

Bellshill and Elegant Escape the each-way value

Plenty are in with chances of hitting the frame and a number of bookmakers are paying four places on the each-way angle. From the field of 16, one that appeals more than most for this type of punt is Bellshill, who is one of four aimed at Gold Cup glory by Willie Mullins.

Winning this race is one of the few things that has eluded the County Carlow handler in his illustrious career. Bellshill is a nine-year-old who is the chose mount of Ruby Walsh from the Mullins quartet and winner of both the Punchestown and Irish Gold Cups in the last 12 months.

As he was also only beaten a length in the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse last Easter, Bellshill ticks the same box as Native River and Presenting Percy – he stays further. While rated the same as stable companion Kemboy, who beat him by nine lengths at Leopardstown, is unexposed and two years younger, he doesn’t have stamina beyond 3m to prove.

Bellshill is a far more reliable option than Al Boum Photo, whose chasing career has been incident packed to say the least. Thyestes Chase winner Invitation Only, meanwhile, is out to prove himself better than a handicapper and must step up again here.

Kemboy has had a break since Christmas, presumably to be laid out for this. Bellshill has improved for his first run and you could easily back either each-way, but he just shades it for his stable given the jockey booking and as he looks guaranteed to get the trip.

Elegant Escape another to consider each-way

Tizzard also saddles popular veteran Thistlecrack, who finally makes it to the Gold Cup, but Elegant Escape too. The latter has also proved he stays beyond the trip when emulating Native River and scoring in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow during Christmastime.

Elegant Escape also ran a fine race when second in the Ladbrokes Trophy and filled the same spot behind Frodon in the Grade 2 Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day. That is top form in valuable staying chases and handicaps, and evidence that the seven-year-old has progressed from his 14-length third in the RSA behind Presenting Percy.

There could still be even more improvement to come from Elegant Escape. Like Native River, he has placed twice at Cheltenham and the way he finished off his last run suggested the extra furlong of this was sure to suit.

If betting each-way, which these 2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting tips recommend, it’s essential to get the extra place for insurance purposes. Elegant Escape is just preferred to Irish raider and last year’s third Anibale Fly of those at bigger odds to hit the frame.

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