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Cheltenham Festival Day 4 Market Movers - Native River A Notable Drifter In Gold Cup Betting As Ground Dries At Prestbury Park

Friday 15th March 2019
Native River is on the drift in the Gold Cup betting as ground dries out
Native River is on the drift in the Gold Cup betting as ground dries out

We are all set for a sparkling day's racing at the Cheltenham Festival as the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the main event at 3:30pm, but as well as that Grade 1 feature there are six sensational supporting races taking place at Prestbury Park and there have been some early morning market movers.

We pick out some of those horses that have been well supported in the betting on Friday morning, as well as picking out a drifter in the Gold Cup market.

Steamers

Early Doors (Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle) - 13/2 into 9/2

Joseph O'Brien has already tasted Cheltenham Festival glory this week and the former Derby-winning jockey will hope to build on Band Of Outlaws' success in the Fred Winter by bagging more success on Friday afternoon.  Sir Erec is a red-hot favourite for the Triumph Hurdle, but the O'Brien horse being well-backed on Friday morning is Early Doors, who is a leading contender for the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle, which concludes the festival at 5:30pm.

Around a 13/2 shot at the start of the day, the JP McManus-owned raider is now as short as 9/2 and will soon be challenging Dallas Des Pictons for favouritism in the finale.  He will have the burden of top weight to carry, but he has some very smart form in the book and has to be a leading contender for what is a superb betting heat to end the festival.

Monsieur Lecoq (County Hurdle) - 12/1 into 8/1

Lizzie Kelly tasted Cheltenham Festival glory yesterday afternoon as she piloted Siruh Du Lac to victory in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase, and the top-class lady rider has a huge chance of bagging a festival double on Friday afternoon.

Monsieur Lecoq is a prominent figure in the County Hurdle betting and having been available at 12/1 in the early part of the morning the Jane Williams-trained raider is now as short as 8/1 in a race that will be a huge test for punters on Gold Cup day.  Second in the Imperial Cup at Sandown Park last weekend, the five-year-old is effectively 3lbs well-in at the handicap, so could strike a blow in this contest.

Mind's Eye (Grand Annual) - 10/1 into 7/1

Henry de Bromhead's Mind's Eye has proven hugely popular with the punters on Friday morning as he bids to land victory for Ireland in the Grand Annual, which is the penultimate race on the card.

Rachael Blackmore is another lady rider to taste victory already at this year's National Hunt extravaganza and she will aim to bag herself a double with Mind's Eye, who has some very smart form over hurdles and will be looking to show the same sort of qualities over fences in what is a wide open event.

Drifters

Native River (Cheltenham Gold Cup) - 9/2 out to 6/1

As the wind continues to blow strongly around Cheltenham racecourse the ground is drying out by the hour, so it's no surprise to see Native River drifting in the betting for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which takes place at 3:30pm.

A dry night at Prestbury Park has forced clerk of the course Simon Claisse to change the going to good to soft, and if it remains dry until the start of racing then that could change to good in places, so the mud-loving Native River could drift further as he bids for back-to-back Gold Cup wins.  However, he is a class act, so the bookmakers will certainly not want to let him drift too big, as the punters could fly in at eye-catching odds.

2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds

Presenting Percy D N Russell / P G Kelly 7/2 7/2 7/2 7/2 7/2 4 7/2 7/2 7/2
Clan Des Obeaux Harry Cobden / P F Nicholls 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 9/2 5 9/2 9/2 9/2
Native River R Johnson / C L Tizzard 6 6 6 6 6 13/2 6 6 6
Kemboy D J Mullins / W P Mullins 8 9 8 8 8 17/2 9 8 8
Bellshill R Walsh / W P Mullins 11 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 11
Thistlecrack T Scudamore / C L Tizzard 12 12 12 12 12 14 12 12 12
Al Boum Photo P Townend / W P Mullins 12 12 12 12 12 14 12 12 12
Might Bite Nico de Boinville / N J Henderson 16 14 16 16 16 16 14 14 16
Elegant Escape T J O'Brien / C L Tizzard 16 16 16 16 16 18 16 16 16
Bristol De Mai D A Jacob / N A Twiston-Davies 20 20 20 20 20 22 20 20 20
Anibale Fly B J Geraghty / A J Martin 20 20 20 20 20 22 22 20 20
Shattered Love J W Kennedy / G Elliott 28 28 33 28 28 33 28 28 28
Invitation Only Mr P W Mullins / W P Mullins 33 33 33 33 33 40 33 33 33
Definitly Red Danny Cook / B Ellison 50 50 50 50 50 66 50 50 50
Yala Enki Charlie Deutsch / Miss V Williams 100 100 100 100 100 125 100 100 100
Double Shuffle J J Burke / T R George 100 100 100 100 100 125 100 100 100
Each Way Terms 4
1/5
4
1/5
- 4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5
4
1/5

2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds

BEST ODDS
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4
7/2
7/2
7/2
7/2
7/2
7/2
7/2
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5
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
9/2
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13/2
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
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9
9
17/2
8
8
8
8
8
8
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12
11
11
11
11
11
11
11
11
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14
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
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14
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
12
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16
16
16
16
16
16
14
14
14
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18
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
16
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22
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
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22
22
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
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33
33
28
28
28
28
28
28
28
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40
33
33
33
33
33
33
33
33
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66
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
50
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125
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
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125
100
100
100
100
100
100
100
Odds correct as of 15th Mar, 15:18 . Odds are subject to change.
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