Today is day three of the Cheltenham festival and a lot of horse racing fans are already surfing the internet for horse racing tips for each day. This should not be a surprise to anyone as there is a lot of money to be made from the Cheltenham festival. The festival is getting increasingly interesting but for me, and I believe many other horse racing fans, the Gold Cup can't come too soon.

There are 28 races during the 2019 Cheltenham festival but one of the most exciting is the Gold Cup. It always takes place on the last day of the four days festival. Therefore this year's Gold Cup races will take place on Friday 15th of March 2019 at 3.30pm.

The Gold Cup is a test of strength and stamina for many of the horses and their riders. Run over a distance of 3m2f and with 22 different fences to jump, it takes a special horse to win the cup. This year 16 horses and jockeys will line-up and there is a huge amount of money on the line.

Money To Be Won

The 2019 Gold Cup has a prize fund of over £600,000. Last year it was Native River who emerged the winner scooping first prize of £369,821. In 2017 he finished in third place. So the Gold Cup has definitely been good to Native River and his connections. However, it remains to be seen if he will be able to defend his title this year. He certainly has a huge amount of competition.

The Odds

Presenting Percy who, brilliantly and against all odds, won the RSA Chase last year is the biggest challenger. He is currently vying with Native River for the race favourite with both on odds as low as 7/2 with most bookmakers.

Shortly behind them is Clan Des Obeaux from trainer Paul Nicholls. The King George VI winner is part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson and is priced at around 4/1.

The odds then shift quickly with the next best priced at 10/1 for both Kemboy and Bellshill. The duo is trained by Irish Champion trainer Willie Mullins who has already had plenty of success at this year's festival. He also trains Al Boum Photo (14/1) and Invitation Only (25/1) for the Gold Cup.

The Outsiders

While all the focus may be on Native River, trainer Colin Tizzard will also be fielding Elegant Escape. Winner of the Coral Welsh National and second in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase, this seven-year-old could be a decent each-way bet. He is around 16/1 with the bookies.