Pendleton Aims For Gold Cup Day History
The 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup is the big race... But Victoria Pendleton is a big attraction
Another chapter in racing history was written at the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday 16th March when the ever-popular Sprinter Sacre defied all expectations, after a long recovery from heart problems, to win the Queen Mother Champion Chase in great style from strongly fancied odds-on favourite Un De Sceaux.
Now attention turns to the biggest race of the meeting on Friday 18th, The Cheltenham Gold Cup (3.30pm). 2016 will see one of the most open Gold Cups of recent years with four horses, Don Cossack, Don Poli, Djakadam & Cue Card almost inseparable in the betting. If Cue Card wins, his owners will scoop a £1Million bonus for completing the Chase Triple Crown.
Last year 7/1 shot Coneygree triumphed on only his fourth run over fences, breaking the record books as he was the first horse since 1974 to win the race as a novice, along with conditional jockey Nico De Boinville – the young jockey’s first ever ride in a Grade 1 race!
Straight after the Gold Cup, there will be massive interest in the Foxhunter Chase (4.10pm) when 2012 Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton aims to prove she has what it takes to win on another of the World's biggest sport stages and on a different saddle. After her crushing win on Pacha Du Polder at Wincanton on March 2nd, William Hill make the pair 16-1 to repeat the feat. But it would be wise to remember that when riding the same horse on her rules debut in February at Fakenham, Victoria made a bad error and fell. Now she faces the ultimate test as she prepares to compete in the Olympics of the racing world.
“Victoria is tilting at windmills. She’s got six horses in front of her in the betting for the Foxhunter and it will take every inch of her Olympian reserves to see her win at Cheltenham,” said Jon Ivan-Duke.
Where Will Victoria Pendleton Finish In The St James’s Place Foxhunter Chase:
1st – 16/1
2nd – 16/1
3rd – 14/1
4th – 14/1
5th to 10th inclusive – 9/4
Any other result other than a top 10 finish – 4/6
Cheltenham Gold Cup: 11-4 Don Cossack, 7-2 Cue Card, Djakadam, 9-2 Don Poli, 9-1 Smad Place, 12-1 Road To Riches, 20-1 Carlingford Lough, 66-1 On His Own, O’Faolains Boy, 100-1 Irish Cavalier, (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)