By Jon Ivan-Duke

Thistlecrack Unchanged Despite Perfect Performance

Thistlecrack put in a hoof perfect performance to win the Worcester Novices’ Chase at Newbury and is unchanged at 10-3 favourite with William Hill for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and 6-1 for the King George VI Chase.

“Thistlecrack has improved his jumping since his run at Cheltenham and the relatively short odds quoted for the Gold Cup look right on that performance,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

Elsewhere, Invitation Only is 10-1 favourite with William Hill for both the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle and Albert Bartlett after winning at Gowran Park.

Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup: 10-3 Thistlecrack, 5-1 Cue Card, 6-1 Don Cossack, 7-1 Coneygree, Douvan, 12-1 Djakadam, Valseur Lido, 16-1 Vroum Vroum Mag, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)

King George VI Chase: 6-4 Cue Card, 4-1 Douvan, 5-1 Coneygree, 6-1 Thistlecrack, 7-1 Valseur Liod, Vroum Vroum Mag, 20-1 Tea For Two, 25-1 BAR (EW 1/5 Odds Places 1,2,3)