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Cheltenham Gold Cup Preview

Cheltenham Gold Cup Preview

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As four days of fantastic, top class racing comes to an end at the Cheltenham Festival, all eyes are now firmly fixed on the meeting’s feature race – the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup. 

It’s the race that all national hunt owners, trainers and jockeys want to win. For punters, they arguably want to win it even more! It’s notorious however as one of the most difficult races to call, such is the competitiveness of it. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together this preview in the hopes we can find you a winning bet. 

Galopin to victory? 

Willie Mullins won this race back to back in 2019 and 2020 with Al Boum Photo and he’s looking to land his third Gold Cup ever with Galopin Des Champs here. The 7 year old was the hard luck story of the 2022 Festival having gone 12 lengths clear before falling at the last in the Turners Novices’ Chase. But for the fall, he firmly put Bob Olinger in his place and it’s easy to see why he’s the favourite for this. If Galopin Des Champs is victorious, he will be one of the shortest priced Gold Cup winners this century. 

So, Willie Mullins looks to have a very strong favourite, so who’s going to take him on? The most obvious place to start is last year’s winner A Plus Tard, who gave jockey Rachael Blackmore a landmark moment as the first female jockey to win the race. He comes here with a wealth of Cheltenham experience and some very solid course form. He was pulled up in the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November, so assuming there’s no ill effects from that run, he should give a good account of himself. 

It pays to be Brave.

Paul Nicholls saddles Bravemansgame for this race and the eight year old arguably comes into this with the best piece of recent form. Harry Cobden piloted him to a very impressive win in the King George at Kempton in December and that race has proven to be a very fair marker for the Gold Cup in the past. He also ran in the Ballymore a couple of years ago, finishing close behind Gaillard Du Mesnil, who won the National Hunt Chase on Day 1. If he comes to this fit and fresh, he’ll surely be in the frame come the finish line. 

If you’re looking for a selection at a big price, Minella Indo could be worth an each way play. The 2021 winner of this race comes back looking to become the first 10 year old to win the Festival feature since Cool Dawn in 1998. He was runner up in last year’s renewal behind A Plus Tard and won at Tramore in testing conditions last time out in January, narrowly beating Stattler by a neck. It’s unlikely he can get a second Gold Cup, but not impossible. 

Suggested bets.

Galopin Des Champs to Win

A Plus Tard each way

Minella Indo each way

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