Bobs back as Gold Cup favourite
Bobs Worth is back as clear favourite for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup after winning the Lexus Chase.
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Nicky Henderson's eight-year-old produced a stout staying performance to power clear from First Lieutenant close home, and Sky Bet cut him from 9/2 to 2/1 for a Gold Cup defence as a result.
BetVictor, bet365, Paddy Power and the sponsors made him a 5/2 chance, Stan James trimmed their 9/2 to 9/4, while 888sport went 100/30 to leave Ladbrokes as the standout firm at 7/2.
Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said: "Bobs Worth bounced right back to his best in the Lexus. He's back where he belongs at the top of the Betfred Gold Cup market."
Runner-up First Lieutenant was also cut to a best of 16/1 with Paddy Power, but Sir Des Champs was eased to 10/1 by BetVictor having failed to take a hand in the finish.
Rory Jiwani of StanJames.com said: "Bobs Worth showed his Haydock run was merely a blip as he charged home to take the big prize at Leopardstown.
"There was only one winner after the final fence and it's going to take a very good horse to stop him retaining his crown at Prestbury Park."
There were also significant changes to the Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle after first Faugheen and then Captain Cutter advertised their Cheltenham credentials.
The former maintained his unbeaten record with a ready success at Limerick and is favourite at a best of 10/1 with William Hill and as short as 5/1 with Boylesports, while Henderson's Captain Cutter is a general 12/1 shot having won the Challow Hurdle in the manner of a rapidly improving horse.
Both horses also feature in the betting for the Albert Bartlett, with Faugheen no bigger than Betfred's 10/1 and Captain Cutter a standout 14/1 chance with Sky Bet.
Mountainous hung on bravely to land the day's feature betting race and earn general 25/1 quotes for the Crabbie's Grand National.
Richard Lee's horse held off the challenge of Hawkes Point to win the Coral Welsh National, and BetVictor make the runner-up a 33/1 chance to go one better at Aintree.
Back in third was popular veteran Tidal Bay who again showed that he's no back-number just days shy of his 13th birthday. He's a general 25/1 shot for the Grand National but can be backed at 33/1 with William Hill.