Bobs Worth impressed in Saturday's Hennessy at NewburyPICTURE: Getty Images
Stylish Bobs Worth and Flame cut for Festival
THERE is a new favourite for the Cheltenham Gold Cup and a new kid on the Champion Hurdle block after Bobs Worth and Countrywide Flame impressed with big-race victories on Saturday.
The Nicky Henderson-trained Bobs Worth was already a leading contender for the Betfred-backed Gold Cup, but leapt to the head of the market after a dominant Hennessy triumph.
Having been an 8-1 chance for the race before the Hennessy, the seven-year-old, a winner at the last two Cheltenham Festivals, is now a general 5-1 shot.
BetVictor and bet365, however, were seemingly more taken with his three-and-a-quarter-length dismissal of Tidal Bay and go 4-1, while Paddy Power are shortest at 7-2.
Like Bobs Worth, Countrywide Flame was a winner at last term's festival, taking the Triumph Hurdle and he emerged as a major player for the Stan James Champion Hurdle after a smooth success in the Fighting Fifth at Newcastle.
Betfred remain biggest about him at 14-1, while a host of firms are on 10-1. Shortest are bet365 at 8-1.
Big Buck's, also successful at Cheltenham in March when capturing his fourth World Hurdle, was in action as well on Saturday, easing to his 18th successive win in the Long Distance Hurdle.
His ante-post odds for a fifth Festival win remained mainly unchanged after he beat just three rivals at 1-12.
Paddy Power and William Hill offer evens with most bookmakers odds-on around the 4-5 mark.