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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 Racecard

3:05 Fri 19 Mar CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP

Distance: 26f 70y Age: 5yo + Prize: £468,750 Going: Gd/Sft

Analyst's Verdict

NATIVE RIVER's victory at Sandown last month was a joy to behold and a repeat of that effort will see him go close. He looks cracking value at double-figure odds at time of writing and is taken to emulate the great Kauto Star and regain the crown 3 years on from his first victory. 2019 and 2020 winner Al Boum Photo seems sure to go well in his hat-trick bid. A Plus Tard is also a big player.

ENTRY
FORM
SILKS HORSE
JOCKEY & TRAINER
AGE
WGT
1
11/211-1
jockey silks 1. AL BOUM PHOTO (FR)
J: P. Townend
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
9
11-10
* * * *
11/211-1
* * * *
Seeking a fantastic hat-trick in Jump Racing's Blue Riband and returned with a bloodless success at Tramore on New Year's Day. Genuine, good jumper and very much the one to beat.
2
21/3213-21
jockey silks 2. A PLUS TARD (FR)
J: Rachael Blackmore
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
7
11-10
* * * *
21/3213-21
* * * *
Better than ever fitted with tongue tie when scoring at Leopardstown (3m) over Christmas from Kemboy and boasts good Festival form (won the 2019 novice handicap chase/third in 2020 Ryanair). Respect.
3
3547-7F22
jockey silks 3. ASO (FR)
J: Daryl Jacob
T: Venetia Williams
11
11-10
*
3547-7F22
*
Placed twice in the Ryanair and back to form the last twice, chasing home Grand National-favourite Cloth Cap at Kelso 13 days ago. This is a whole different test and he'd be a surprising winner.
4
04/122-496
jockey silks 4. BLACK OP (IRE)
J: Tom Scudamore
T: Tom George
10
11-10
*
04/122-496
*
Not matched his Grade 1-winning hurdling exploits (second in 2018 Ballymore before scoring at Aintree) over fences, well held in the Ladbrokes Handicap/King George last 2 starts. Cheekpieces tried.
5
121/11F1-2
jockey silks 5. CHAMP (IRE)
J: Nico de Boinville
T: Nicky Henderson
9
11-10
* * * *
121/11F1-2
* * * *
Remarkable winner of the RSA last year (also second in the Ballymore in 2019) and shaped well after 11 months off/wind op at Newbury over inadequate trip. Big run likely if keeping the mistakes down.
6
1/3314-141
jockey silks 6. FRODON (FR)
J: Bryony Frost
T: Paul Nicholls
9
11-10
* * *
1/3314-141
* * *
2019 Ryanair winner as good as ever this season, leading from pillar to post in the King George last time. Likely to give it an excellent shot from the front but this is probably a bridge too far.
7
1/1427-221
jockey silks 7. KEMBOY (FR)
J: D. E. Mullins
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
9
11-10
* * *
1/1427-221
* * *
Has had another good season in Ireland and gained his fourth Group 1 success in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last month. Not the best jumper though, and hasn't shone at previous Festivals.
8
1/11P3-3P5
jockey silks 8. LOSTINTRANSLATION (IRE)
J: Robbie Power
T: Colin Tizzard
9
11-10
* *
1/11P3-3P5
* *
Has looked a shadow of the star of last season when winning the Betfair Chase and finishing third in this, checking out tamely after another wind op at Newbury last month. Huge revival needed.
9
1212-11F4
jockey silks 9. MINELLA INDO (IRE)
J: J. W. Kennedy
T: Henry de Bromhead, Ireland
8
11-10
* * *
1212-11F4
* * *
2019 Albert Bartlett winner who was reeled in by Champ in last year's RSA and resumed this season with 2 victories. Faded behind Kemboy in the Irish Gold Cup last time but likely to fare better here.
10
234/11-31
jockey silks 10. NATIVE RIVER (IRE)
J: Richard Johnson
T: Colin Tizzard
11
11-10
* * * * *
234/11-31
* * * * *
2018 winner bidding to become only the second horse to regain the crown and arrives in great heart after a superb win in Sandown Grade 2, jumping his rivals ragged. Good chance if in the same form.
11
5U2/23-111
jockey silks 11. ROYALE PAGAILLE (FR)
J: Charlie Deutsch
T: Venetia Williams
7
11-10
* * * *
5U2/23-111
* * * *
Improving in a big way and made it 3-3 this season with most impressive victory in Peter Marsh at Haydock (3m) 8 weeks ago. Stiffer test will suit and this novice is a very exciting contender.
12
32/112-253
jockey silks 12. SANTINI
J: Aidan Coleman
T: Nicky Henderson
9
11-10
* * *
32/112-253
* * *
Placed all 3 Festival visits, just failing to reel in Al Boum Photo 12 months ago, but not arriving in the same form this year, not fancying it behind Native River at Sandown. More severe headgear on.

Betting Forecast : 11/4 2.75 AL BOUM PHOTO, 11/2 5.5 CHAMP, 13/2 6.5 A PLUS TARD, 9/1 9 ROYALE PAGAILLE, 12/1 12 NATIVE RIVER, 12/1 12 KEMBOY, 14/1 14 SANTINI, 14/1 14 MINELLA INDO, 16/1 16 FRODON, 50/1 50 LOSTINTRANSLATION, 300/1 300 ASO, 300/1 300 BLACK OP

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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2022 FAQs

What is the distance of the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

3 miles and 2 and a half furlongs.

How many obstacles are jumped in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

22

What day of the festival is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Day 4

What time is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

15:30

What weights are carried for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

11st 8lb (5yo). 11st 10lb (6yo+). 7lb allowance for mares.

What is the purse for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

£625,000 (2019)

Who is the leading jockey in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

In recent history, Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and Richard Johnson have all won it twice.

Who is the leading trainer in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Paul Nicholls

Who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

You can check out our Cheltenham Gold Cup results page here to see a list of previous winners.

Where can I compare the odds for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

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