Windermere to Lord it again?

  • Last Updated: March 16 2014, 9:58 GMT

There was a thrilling finish to the Bettfred Cheltenham Gold Cup as 20/1 chance Lord Windermere landed the chasing Blue Riband from On His Own and The Giant Bolster.

Lord Windermere is 10/1 to retain the Gold Cup in 2015
Lord Windermere is 10/1 to retain the Gold Cup in 2015

The trio swept past the better-fancied Silviniaco Conti and Bobs Worth in the closing 75 yards with the winner keeping the race after a stewards' enquiry to add to the drama.

William Hill reacted to the result by installing Lord Windermere as 10/1 chance to follow-up in 2015, a price that was matched by bet365, Coral and Stan James.

Sky Bet and Betfred go two points shorter at this stage with the dethroned Bobs Worth 10s (Stan James and bet365).

On His Own has been trimmed to 10s from 14s by Sky Bet for the Grand National and is as low as 8/1 at Coral for Aintree.

The vanquished Silviniaco Conti is 8/1 clear favourite at Stan James ahead of 10/1 shots Lord Windermere, Bobs Worth and Cue Card and their spokesman Rory Jiwani said: "With On His Own and The Giant Bolster filling the places, this was an incredible result for the bookies although we had a scare with a stewards' enquiry.

"That would have seen us pay out on both Lord Windermere and On His Own had the placings been reversed. Rightly, the result stood to leave the bookies well on top for the week.

"The close finish to the race suggests there are no star staying chasers about and we're 8/1 the field for next year's Gold Cup with Silviniaco Conti our clear favourite. Lord Windermere, Bobs Worth and Cue Card are next on 10/1."

The in-running market on Betfair made fascinating reading as the nature of the race changed so dramatically late in the day.

Lord Windermere traded at a high of 300 (£18 matched) while Bobs Worth touched 1.42 to win and 1.05 to place.

Silviniaco Conti was backed at 1.69 to win and 1.09 to place while On His Own traded at 2.32 in-play.

Calipto is 25s from 33s at Sky Bet and 16s from 33s (bet365) for next year's Champion Hurdle after a luckless effort in the Triumph Hurdle.

He finished in fourth behind Tiger Roll but had looked to be going as well as anything three out when one of Daryl Jacob's leathers snapped.

He had to ride the race with his feet out of the stirrups with the jockey doing remarkably well to get the combination across the finishing line.

The winner is a 25/1 chance for the 2015 Champion Hurdle at BetVictor and a standout 33/1 with William Hill.

"It's not that we were unimpressed with Tiger Roll, but rather the division is so competitive," said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

  • Posted at 1635 GMT on 14/03/2014.