Thistlecrack Favourite for Both World Hurdle & Gold Cup at Cheltenham
Despite having made a hugely successful start to life over fences at Chepstow recently, the fact that Colin Tizzard’s Thistlecrack was installed as the bookmaker’s favourite in the horse racing odds for next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup still came as a surprise to some. However, with the 2016 World Hurdle winner also being the odds-on favourite to retain his title in March 2017, Tizzard is clearly keeping his options open for the famous eight-year-old. Although he was up against a relatively weak field at Chepstow, Thistlecrack looked more than comfortable over fences, with jockey Tom Scudamore barely breaking a sweat in guiding John Snook’s prized asset home to victory.
With Tizzard now hopeful of giving Thistlecrack another run in the upcoming Cheltenham Open meeting, bookmakers Betway have him as the 4/1 favourite in their horse racing odds market for the Gold Cup, as well as the 5/1 favourite for the World Hurdle. Although age can affect the odds, and despite the fact that Thistlecrack could more than likely claim a second successive win in the World Hurdle, collecting the £300,000 winnings in the process, a crack at the Gold Cup seems to be on the agenda for Tizzard, with the likes of Vautour and Don Cossack likely to provide stiff competition in one of the UK’s most iconic races.
Away from the Cheltenham Festival, and despite failing to become the first horse since Red Rum back in 1974 to successfully defend his Grand National crown, Many Clouds has been inserted as the joint favourite in the horse racing betting odds with Betway, joining the likes of The Last Samuri and The Young Master at 20/1 on. Oliver Sherwood’s horse is set for a comeback run in the Betfred Lotto Chase at Aintree in December, with the eleven-year-old having undergone a wind operation after he virtually pulled up after the final hurdle in April.
With Rule The World having retired since his historic win at the National earlier this year, many are tipping another outsider to steal the spotlight from the favourites, with the likes of Don Poli, Gallant Oscar and Saint Are all looking like good bets, with Betway offering them respective horse racing odds of 25/1, 33/1 and 40/1.
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