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IRISH-trained runners including recent King George VI Chase winner Tornado Flyer dominate the betting as 30 entries were revealed for the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 18.
Memories remain fresh of Ireland’s rout at the 2021 Festival where trainers from across the Irish sea won 23 of the 28 races including Henry de Bromhead’s high-profile hat-trick of victories in the Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Gold Cup.
Henry de Bromhead’s A Plus Tard was beaten a short head by the Gordon Elliott-trained Galvin in the Grade 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown on December 28 and still heads the betting for the Gold Cup at 7-2 (Paddy Power) from Galvin (5-1 William Hill).
The first five in the betting are trained in Ireland. Last year’s winner, the de Bromhead-trained Minella Indo, was eased to third in the market at 8-1 after being pulled up in the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day.
Next is the Willie Mullins-trained dual Gold Cup winner, Al Boum Photo, who was third last year when bidding to become the first horse since Best Mate to win three successive Gold Cups. He is best-priced at 10-1. Stablemate and King George hero Tornado Flyer is next at 14-1.
3:30 pm Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase (Grade 1) 3m 2f 70y – Friday 18th March
A Plus Tard (FR) 8 Cheveley Park Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
Ahoy Senor (IRE) 7 Mrs C Wymer & Mr PJS Russell Lucinda Russell
Al Boum Photo (FR) 10 Mrs J. Donnelly Willie Mullins IRE
Allaho (FR) 8 Cheveley Park Stud Willie Mullins IRE
Angels Breath (IRE) 8 Walters Plant Hire & Ronnie Bartlett Nicky Henderson
Asterion Forlonge (FR) 8 Mrs J. Donnelly Willie Mullins IRE
Aye Right (IRE) 9 Geoff and Elspeth Adam Harriet Graham
Carefully Selected (IRE) 10 Miss M. A. Masterson Willie Mullins IRE
Champ (IRE) 10 Mr John P. McManus Nicky Henderson
Chantry House (IRE) 8 Mr John P. McManus Nicky Henderson
Chatham Street Lad (IRE) 10 Mr V. Healy Michael Winters IRE
Conflated (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Delta Work (FR) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Eklat de Rire (FR) 8 Mr P. Davies Henry de Bromhead IRE
Fiddlerontheroof (IRE) 8 Taylor, Burley & O’Dwyer Colin Tizzard
Franco de Port (FR) 7 Bruton Street V Willie Mullins IRE
Galvin (IRE) 8 Mr R. A. Bartlett Gordon Elliott IRE
Imperial Aura (IRE) 9 Imperial Racing Partnership 2016 Kim Bailey
Lostintranslation (IRE) 10 Taylor & O’Dwyer Colin Tizzard
Melon 10 Mrs J. Donnelly Willie Mullins IRE
Minella Indo (IRE) 9 Mr Barry Maloney Henry de Bromhead IRE
Mister Fisher (IRE) 8 James & Jean Potter Ltd Nicky Henderson
Mount Ida (IRE) 8 KTDA Racing Gordon Elliott IRE
Protektorat (FR) 7 Sir A Ferguson G Mason J Hales & L bHales Dan Skelton
Remastered 9 Brocade Racing David Pipe
Royale Pagaille (FR) 8 Mrs S. Ricci Venetia Williams
Run Wild Fred (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Saint Calvados (FR) 9 Kate & Andrew Brooks Paul Nicholls
Santini 10 Mr & Mrs R. Kelvin-Hughes Polly Gundry
Tornado Flyer (IRE) 9 T. F. P. Willie Mullins IRE
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