The 2019 Cheltenham Festival reaches is climax on Friday and all eyes will be on the feature race, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, in which Ireland's Presenting Percy will be bidding to make it a hat-trick of festival successes after wins in the Pertemps Hurdle (2017) and RSA Chase last year - he's 7/2 favourite to do just that with Paddy Power and you can read our views on the race here.

Cheltenham

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But there's plenty of betting opportunities elsewhere on the seven-race card and the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle, which is set to be run over a gruelling 3m on the New Course, could also be heading back across the Irish Sea, with Philip Dempsey's Derrimross quietly fancied by connections - he's currently 10/1 with Paddy Power for what is a wide open renewal.

Confidence in his chances has increased with every drop of rain that has fallen at Cheltenham this week as the eight-year-old is a real mudlark, who has won both his starts this season in the style of a much improved performer. The ground was very testing on both occasions and unless the forecast is very wrong, he is almost certain to get his conditions.

The fact Paddy Power are going 6/1 the field at the time of writing tells you there is no standout performer in the field, and Derrinmoss ticks plenty of boxes as a dour stayer with the potential to do better still. Indeed, his trainer said back in December that if we get a wet spring we can dream about this race - and it looks like his prayers have been answered!

Even better we can back him for free at Paddy Power thanks to their free bet offer for new customers – simply sign up with the Irish firm, place a bet and, if it loses, they will refund your stake in CASH (up to £10). T&Cs apply. 

Earlier in the week, Grand National winner Tiger Roll gets to strut his stuff in Wednesday's Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase, he race he won 12 months ago en route to Aintree glory. Remarkably he's now won at three of the last four festivals and he would be the third horse to win this race for a third time. Few would back against him doing it given that record and Paddy Power are clearly keen to keep Gordon Elliott's brave battler on their side as he's their 11/8 favourite at the time of writing.

Should he oblige, that would tee him up nicely for his National defence and cement his position as 10/1 favourite with Paddy Power, who go a more tempting 25/1 on Tuesday's Ultima Handicap Chase runner-up Vintage Clouds.