Sir 5/1 to strike Cheltenham Gold

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: April 24 2013, 19:07 BST

Sir Des Champs is as short as 5/1 for next season's Cheltenham Gold Cup after winning at Punchestown on Wednesday.

Sir Des Champs: A best of 8/1 for the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup
Sir Des Champs: A best of 8/1 for the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup

Sky Bet are into 5/1, as are Coral and bet365, about the horse going one better than he did this year when chasing home Bobs Worth.

However, other firms weren't so impressed by what was a narrow victory over Long Run and First Lieutenant in the Punchestown Gold Cup on the second day of the National Hunt festival at the Irish track.

William Hill stood by their standout 8/1 quote and instead cut Bobs Worth from 7/2 to 3/1 to defend his crown.

Sir Des Champs is currently the second favourite for the race behind Bobs Worth, who is 7/2 with Betfred and totesport.

Explaining Sky Bet's decision to go into 5/1 from 6s, Richard Horner said: "That was a brave performance from this year's Gold Cup runner-up cements his position as the main danger again to Bobs Worth.

"He will be hoping for better ground at next year's Cheltenham Festival to try and use his turn of foot at the end of the race next March."

Long Run and First Lieutenant were also trimmed in places after pushing Sir Des Champs close - the former was just three-quarters of a length back.

Long Run is now a top price of 16/1 (Ladbrokes). First Lietenant can be backed at the same price at Boylesports and BetVictor.

Meanwhile, Morning Assembly is 25/1 (Stan James) for the 2014 World Hurdle after winning the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle.

Pre-race favourite Ballycasey finished down the field and was duly pushed out to 33s (BetVictor) for glory in next season's Cheltenham showpiece.