The Road to Cheltenham: Cue Card third favourite for Gold Cup glory

Can Cue Card beat his two shorter-priced stablemates in the Gold Cup?
Can Cue Card beat his two shorter-priced stablemates in the Gold Cup?

Another win for the mighty Cue Card firmed up his position in the Gold Cup betting behind stablemates Thistlecrack and Native River. Read about that and all the other notable Cheltenham Festival betting moves here...

"Yanworth was shortened for the Champion Hurdle and now trades at 6.611/2 backed in from 7.87/1. However, some believe he is a horse that needs to be upped in trip and Yanworth was backed in from 40.039/1 in to 24.023/1 for the Stayers Hurdle."

The Betfair Chase represents the last Grade one in the British Isles before the traditional roar goes round Prestubry Park as the Supreme Novice begins the four day festival. If yesterday represents anything to go by we will be in for a treat as Cue Card showed that age is no matter when delivering a breath-taking display of jumping which silenced any doubters as to whether he can still be competitive at the highest level as an 11-year-old.


Cue Card firm third favourite for Gold Cup

Running over a shorter than ideal trip, odds-on backers never had a moment of worry as Paddy Brennan took up the running from Swinley Bottom to record a facile 15-length victory. He is now third favourite for the Gold Cup with punters impressed by his performance backing him from 9.89/1 in to 7.413/2. Although the betting suggests he is third choice of the Colin Tizzard charges for the marquee event, one would not be the least bit surprised to see this nine-time Grade One winner outrun his price.


Yanworth wins but might Stayers' be better target?

Yanworth put his Champion Hurdle credentials on the line in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday and although Alan King's stable Star passed the test the manner of victory has divided opinion. Fitted with first time cheekpieces with the intention of livening up last year's Neptune runner-up seemed to work as the seven-year-old travelled with more zest before outstaying stable mate Sceau Royal and Ch'Tibello on the run in. Yanworth was shortened for the Champion Hurdle and now trades at 6.611/2 backed in from 7.87/1. However, some believe he is a horse that needs to be upped in trip and Yanworth was backed in from 40.039/1 in to 24.023/1 for the Stayers Hurdle.


Jezki suffers setback

Another JP McManus horse with dual festival targets is the 2014 Champion Hurdle winner Jezki. Coming back after a long absence the Jessica Harrington-trained charge was ultra-impressive at Navan on his reappearance to show that the talent of old remains. The Red Mills Hurdle ran at Gowran Park on Saturday represented a different challenge as the dreaded bounce factor had come into the equation and the more testing conditions were never going to suit the son of Milan. Sent off a warm favourite, the nine-year-old could not confirm form with last year's Supreme fourth Tombstone and was comprehensively beaten in the end. Jezki is now 11.010/1 from 5.95/1 for the Stayers and 55.054/1 from 24.023/1 for the Champion Hurdle.


Bigbadjohn a big mover in National Hunt Chase betting

The Rebecca Curtis trained Bigbadjohn is another worth an honourable mention after needing every yard in the Reynoldstown Chase to deny Flintham in the dying strides. He has been backed from 70.069/1 in to 22.021/1 for the National Hunt Chase, albeit yesterday did not look the most stellar of reunions of the Grade 2 contest it has a habit of throwing up festival winners including Minella Rocco and Ballyalton who competed in last years contest.


Key Movers
Cue Card 9.89/1 in to 7.413/2 for the Gold Cup
Yanworth 7.87/1 in to 6.611/2 for the Champion Hurdle
Jezki 24.023/1 out to 55.054/1 for the Champion Hurdle

Yanworth [40.] in to 24.023/1 for the Stayers Hurdle
Jezki 5.95/1 out to 11.010/1 for the Stayers Hurdle

Bigbadjohn 70.069/1 in to 22.021/1 for the National Hunt Chase

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