The jewel in the crown of the Cheltenham Festival – the Gold Cup – starts this afternoon at 3.20. And, unsurprisingly, today is also one of the biggest betting days of the year, with both bookies and punters hoping to recoup their losses – or improve on their winnings. We asked some of our experts who they will be putting their money on.
Peter Oborne, The Spectator’s associate editor:
Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh is the combination to follow at this festival, on which basis I will be backing On His Own at decent odds of around 20-1.
Robin Oakley, writer of The Turf column:
I am going for Triolo D’Alene.
Alysen Miller, producer of CNN’s racing programme, Winning Post:
On paper Bobs Worth is the one to beat. But I personally wouldn’t rule out Silviniaco Conti; he was very unlucky to fall in this race last year when travelling well and he takes his victory in the King George into this year’s race. A popular each way will be The Giant Bolster, who has been known to sneak a place at good odds.
Freddy Gray, The Spectator’s managing editor, who writes The Speculator column:
I’m going for Last Instalment to win. The Last shall be first.
Personally, I’ve gone each way on On His Own – though now Ruby Walsh has sadly had to give up his ride due to a broken arm, it’ll be interesting to see how he goes with Paul Townend on board.