Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Andrew Thornton shares his tips on backing the worst horse

It's statistically more difficult to pick the last-placed horse than it is the winner, according to research from Magners.

Now, ahead of Friday's Gold Cup, Thornton has revealed his top tips for backing the slowest horse in order to win a crate of Magners cider.

If you pick the back-marker in this year's race, you can swap your betting slip for some Magners as a "Golden Lining" consolation prize.

On how to win it, Thornton says: "If you've got a track record of picking the horse that comes last, trust your gut instinct.

"Form is a true guide to success or failure. If your horse is a long way from winning, you're probably not a long way from a Magners.

Andrew Thornton's top tips for backing the loser

– Go with your gut

– Check the cards

– Judge the pressure

– Back the Irish

"Stage fright, it happens to us all. Spot the one that's on his toes and sweating, that's the one for you.

"Plenty of Irish horses have won the Gold Cup. Plenty of Irish jockeys have finished last. Back the Irish!

"There you have it. Follow my top tips to back the last horse in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and you could be swapping your betting slip for a case of Magners."

George Kyle, head of sponsorship at Magners Irish Cider, said: “Although it’s statistically harder to pick the last horse over the line, for many it feels inevitable.

"In our first year as Presenting Partner of The FestivalTM and as title sponsor of the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup, we wanted to bring our Irish, positive view on life to the big race.

“The opportunity to turn a loss into a gain, with a case of Magners redeemable against a ‘losing ticket’, should help lift the spirits of even the unluckiest punter.”

*For more details on Magners' Gold Cup Golden Lining, visit the website, here…

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