Sportingbet founder Mark Blandford believes Bobs Worth will win Friday's Gold Cup at Cheltenham Festival

Hereford Times: The action got under way at the Cheltenham Festival yesterday. The action got under way at the Cheltenham Festival yesterday.

MARK Blandford and racing legend Peter Scudamore believe Bobs Worth will triumph in Friday’s Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival.

Blandford, who founded online bookmakers Sportingbet, also thinks that Tom Scudamore has a good chance on The Giant Bolster.

“I think Bobs Worth will win it,” said Blandford, this morning.

“It does look quite an open race but I think he’s the class horse.”

Herefordshire trainer Venetia Williams has 66-1 shots Katenko and Houblon Des Obeaux in the big race, which starts at 3.20pm on Friday.

Blandford added: “The other Herefordshire connection for the Gold Cup is Tom Scudamore riding The Giant Bolster and he’s a good horse. It’s quite telling that he’s 16-1 in the pricing.”

Eight-time champion jockey Peter Scudamore revealed his favourite for the Gold Cup at last week’s ‘From the horse’s mouth’ pre-Cheltenham Festival evening at the Castle House in Hereford.

There was disappointment at the festival yesterday (Tuesday) for Checkley owner Stewart Williams when King Massini was unseated his rider in the Baylis and Harding Handicap Chase.

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