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Freebets.com Cheltenham Gold Cup Preview 2022


The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the centrepiece of the week, and takes place today at 3:30pm.

It would be no surprise to look back on this race and describe it as being one of the most competitive, high quality renewals we have seen for some time. The Irish look like they may dominate the race, but Dan Skelton will have something to say about it.

Punters looking to solve the puzzle can fear no more, our experts are on hand to guide you through the contest. We have five views on the race, covering four different horses, and when you see opinions like that, you know how wide open the contest is!

Alan Kelly – A Plus Tard

A fascinating Gold Cup featuring the first three horses home in the race 12 months ago. Minella Indo got the better of stablemate A PLUS TARD (NAP) on that occasion, but last year’s runner-up is fancied to reverse the form in the hands of Grand National winning jockey Rachael Blackmore.

Henry De Bromhead’s charge could hardly have been more impressive in winning Haydock’s Betfair Chase by 22 lengths on his reappearance, beating fellow Royale Pagaille without being extended.

Despite losing out by a short head to Galvin in Leopardstown’s Savills Chase over Christmas, the Kapgarde gelding is fancied to reverse that form with eight-year-old’s better turn of foot likely to prove decisive.

A big run from the Dan Skelton-trained Protektorat is expected, while it would be no surprise to see 2020 runner-up Santini make the frame at a massive price.

Scott McGlynn – A Plus Tard

A Plus Tard was 2nd behind Minella Indo last season but looks set to land this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.

He destroyed the field in the Betfair Chase before being nailed right on the line by Galvin in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown in December.

With the Henry de Bromhead yard in excellent style, he looks set for a massive run under jockey Rachael Blackmore.

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Charlie McCann – Galvin

When previewing the race about a month ago I suggested the race was down to three Minella Indo, Galvin (3.30) and Al Boum Photo and the latter no longer makes the frame given the noises out of the Mullins yard suggests he has not exactly been working the house down.

As a result, I think it is now a match between last year’s winner and the 2021 winner of the NH Chase and I now expect to see Gordon Elliot’s charge prevent De Bromhead from doing the Champion Hurdle/Gold Cup double for a second successive year.

Galvin looked to outstay A Plus Tard in the Savills Chase at Christmas and today’s additional quarter of a mile will suit him more than De Bromhead’s brilliant Betfair Chase winner who didn’t quite get home in the corresponding race 12 months ago. He finished in front of Minella Indo when runner up to Frodon in the Grade 1 at Down Royal back in the autumn and he has Festival form of 621.

Honeysuckle was brilliant on Tuesday, but I am absolutely convinced that Bob Olinger, the fortunate winner of Thursday’s opener – did not give his true running and it was interesting to hear winning jockey Rachel Blackmore’s post race comments. I also did not like Bob’s head carriage when push came to shove, and I wonder if the yard are back to their very best. For that reason alone, I have swerved Minella Indo although my money is already down.

Minella Indo was no match for Conflated in the Irish Gold Cup last time under Robbie Power but that was at a time when the De Bromhead yard were quiet, and this is his time of the year. His Festival record reads 121 and he jumped beautifully at Leopardstown last time. I am a fully paid-up member of his fan club, and my heart still says Minella Indo, but my head is now saying Galvin.

De Bromhead also saddles last year’s runner up A Plus Tard who has headed the market for most of the year, but I didn’t think he quite got up the hill 12 months ago and, as brilliant as he is, I don’t see him winning a Gold Cup on softish ground.

Craig Jones – Minella Indo

I think the Cheltenham Gold Cup is a very unique contest, and although there are many trials for the race, hardly any of them come anywhere near to replicating what is needed to win a Gold Cup. It is for that reason, I often find myself looking back a year, and see that as the best piece of form, something I am happy to do again for the 2022 renewal.

Is there a better, more suited piece of form in the book than the 2021 win of Minella Indo? The race was a well-run contest, over course and distance, with a strong field in place. He gets the same again, and I fancy the same outcome.

You can argue he hasn’t been anywhere near that so far this season, but his second to Conflated, who would’ve chased home Allaho in the Ryanair was it not for a fall yesterday, was much more like it.

In 2019, Minella Indo won the Albert Bartlett, in 2020 he should have won the RSA Chase, but for a huge effort in the closing stages from Champ, and in 2021, he lifted the Gold Cup. Cheltenham brings out the best in this horse, and I’m hoping it does again.

I’ve huge respect for A Plus Tard, Galvin is the new kid on the block looking to go to the top. and others have a chance, but I’m in the Minella Indo camp.

Ed Quigley – Protektorat

Dan Skelton has a strong hand on Friday. PROTEKTORAT can run a big race in the Gold Cup.

The unexposed seven-year-old pulverized the opposition at Aintree back in December, and although the form in the strictest sense is questionable, he did it so effortlessly that he gives the impression there is so much more to come, and testing ground should hold no fears.

If anything, he looked as though he thrived for soft ground and a proper trip last time out, and I think he is right in the mix here with far less miles on the clock than others.