Bobs the Worth-y favourite
Sky Bet have slashed Bobs Worth to 2/1 favourite for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup after he won the Lexus Chase.
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Nicky Henderson's eight-year-old stayed on impressively to run away with Leopardstown's Grade One feature, having jumped the last in third.
It was a victory which erased memories of his lacklustre return to action in the Betfair Chase and one which saw Sky Bet/a> cut their previous 9/2 right down to 2/1.
Sky Bet's Michael Shinners said: "That was Bobs Worth back to his best and the way he saw out his race confirmed again that the extra two furlongs of the Gold Cup should see him in an even better light.
"If that's the case, we should be in for a fascinating race once more especially after what Silviniaco Conti did on Boxing Day.
"We wouldn't be in a rush to rule out Sir Des Champs either as he's at his best in the spring and on better ground and will have his backers at 7/1."
At Chepstow, Mountainous produced a game effort to win the Coral Welsh National from Hawkes Point and Tidal Bay, and in turn earned a 25/1 quote for the Crabbie's Grand National from Sky Bet.
The firm also inserted the improving runner-up at 25/1, with Tidal Bay trimmed to 20/1 from 25s after his gallant effort under top-weight and owner Graham Wylie confirming that a tilt at the race could be on the cards.
Meanwhile over at Newbury, Captain Cutter won the Grade One Challow Hurdle in impressive manner and was cut to 12/1 for the Neptune Investment Management Novice Hurdle as a result.
Favourite for the race is 7/1 chance Faugheen, trimmed from 10/1 after he maintained his unbeaten record at Limerick.