This seasons Cheltenham Gold Cup looks set to be a cracker and live up to being the feature race of the four days but this year's renewal looks to be the hardest to bet on for some time and we have took a look into why that is the case.
There are many factors as to why the Gold Cup is a very hard race to really locate the winning horse but this year it has been made substantially harder with the best horses not necessarily winning the races they should be with the added drama that the current favourite is yet to run over fences all season.
Presenting Percy is the current 7/2 favourite for the feature race on the Friday and this is where the madness starts in the betting for the Grade 1 contest as this Irish raider has only had one run all season and it was over hurdles.
There are not many horses, if any at all that have started favourite for the Gold Cup that have only had one preparation run all season and still gone over fences before heading to the festival.
It is the strangest thing leading up to Cheltenham in years as there really is a lot of arguments you can make for the Pat Kelly trained Gelding with how well he stays, his Grade 1 form from previous years and his run at Cheltenham last year in the Grade 1 RSA Chase.
That race, put the words on everyone's lips that he will win the Gold Cup next year and with all these form lines and performances backing him up you can make a case for he Gelding.
However, for punters how are we supposed to back a horse that has not run over fences all season? It truly is baffling and what makes the betting so hard this year.