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2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup

Jay Trump winning 1965 Grand National at Aintree, Liverpool, UK, ahead of Freddie

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a unique challenge. The Grade 1 National Hunt race for horses five-years-old and upward is perhaps the most prestigious of all the steeplechase races behind only the Grand National. It draws international attention and last year paid out over £491,850 in purses.

As the marquee event of the Cheltenham Festival, it presents a daunting task for its contestants. 3 miles and 2 1/2 furlongs with 22 hurdles along the way stand between the winner and eternal steeplechase glory.

Last year, Tony McCoy guided Synchronised to victory. Who will it be in 2013?

Eight-year-old gelding Bobs Worth is the 3-1 favorite. He is a multiple Grade 1 winner and has had plenty of success racing at Cheltenham. Trained by the renowned Nicky Henderson, Bobs Worth will be ridden by Barry Geraghty.

First Lieutenant has not won since 2011, but is considered one of the top choices based on the strength of recent races. He finished third behind the favorite two races back and was most recently second in the Grade 1 Lexus Chase. He is trained by Mouse Morris and will be piloted by B.J. Cooper.

Captain Chris is a nine-year-old gelding that has hit the board in 14 of 18 lifetime races and has won seven times. Among his wins are the King George VI Chase and the Arkle Chase, named after the famed winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Richard Johnson will ride for PJ Hobbs.

Betting the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup could return dividends if you pick the right horse. Other contenders include Sir Des Champs, Imperial Commander and Long Run.


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Rooting for Imperial Commander!. Win it for the Emerald isle my boy!

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