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2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting - Native River and Presenting Percy early favourites

Richard Johnson on Native River celebrates after winning the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Native River and Presenting Percy early favourites with BetVictor as the 2018 Cheltenham Festival draws to a close.

BetVictor list 2018 champion, Native River and impressive RSA winner, Presenting Percy as the early favourites for the 2019 renewal of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. 

Charlie McCann, spokesman for BetVictor, said: “Native River and Might Bite went toe-for-toe until the last in a terrific Gold Cup and the winner and RSA Chase winner Presenting Percy are our 6/1 joint favourites for next year’s renewal with Might Bite 10/1 to go one better than this afternoon. On better ground Might Bite will have his supporters to go one better but we just feel he might struggle to get up the hill.”

Richard Johnson screamed in delight as Native River crossed the line, showing guts and determination in abundance to see off the looming presence of Might Bite. It’s unlikely we will get the same soft ground we had this year in 12 months time, but Native River will return to Cheltenham as a prime contender to retain the trophy – if he can shrug off the curse which has plagued Gold Cup winners in recent years.

Nicky Henderson’s charge was far from disgraced in defeat and would have been much more effective in the closing stages on the bouncy spring ground he loves. BetVictor make him an early 10/1 shot to do a Native River and bounce back from defeat 12 months on to claim a historic victory.

Presenting Percy’s produced one of the performances of the week to beat Monalee to the RSA Novices’ Chase crown, the race won by Might Bite in 2017. Davy Russell proclaimed after the race that he was a Gold Cup horse in the making and the bookies have all taken note, with Presenting Percy sitting atop the ante-post betting for the 2019 Gold Cup across the boards.

Other notable names in the 2019 frame are runaway Arkle winner Footpad, the injury-stricken Sizing John and Henry De Bromhead’s Balko Des Flos, who produced an outstanding display to beat Un De Sceaux in the Ryanair on St Patrick’s Day.

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