Eleven of the top chasers in Europe will line up for the Cheltenham Gold Cup (G1) on Friday, March 18! It is the feature race of the Cheltenham Festival. The horse race covers three miles, two and a half furlongs over fences, and the purse is a staggering £625,000. At stake is not only the money, but one of the most iconic championships in jumps racing.
Two Cheltenham Gold Cup winners return for more glory. Willie Mullins trainee Al Boum Photo took the crown in 2019 and 2020, and also finished third in 2021. Minella Indo, the upset winner for Henry de Bromhead in 2020, comes back as well — along with stablemate A Plus Tard, who ran second in the race last year.
Leading into the race, the odds on each contender will fluctuate based on the news that comes out about each horse and the bets that players make with their sportsbooks. Your best bet in the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup is to make an account at a trusted online sportsbook, watch the Vegas odds, and bet when you find an overlay on your horse.
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You have your online betting account set up — perfect! Now it is time to get to know the best horses in the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
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Though two returning champions aim to add another Gold Cup to their trophy cases, the advantage goes to someone who came close last year but has not won yet: A Plus Tard. He does have tables to turn on Galvin, who got him by a short head in the Savills Chase (G1) back on December 28, but he can turn the tables.
The softer going expected on race day favors A Plus Tard, though Galvin could certainly get a placing over it. It also helps A Plus Tard that Rachael Blackmore takes the call — no one has been riding better in big chases than Blackmore, especially when pairing up with the Henry de Bromhead yard.
Al Boum Photo, who won the race in 2019 and 2020, returns to try for a third. Though winning may be a tall order, especially now that he is ten, the Willie Mullins charge is good enough to capture another placing. Third last year in the race, he prepared for this the same way he has prepared for all three of his other tilts at the Gold Cup: with a win in the New Year’s Day Chase (G3) at Tramore.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Value Horses
Protektorat is an exciting new face in the Gold Cup this year. He is unproven but not yet truly tested at this sort of trip. He tried longer than three miles for the first time at Aintree on December 4 when beating 2018 Gold Cup hero Native River at Aintree by 25 lengths. These current Gold Cup foes will be tougher, but Protektorat should handle the ground and distance at a price, and merits an each-way punt.
Tornado Flyer, another from the yard of Willie Mullins, could also find a piece of the action. He won the King George VI (G1) last time over soft going as a 28/1 outsider, his first win in two years. This field is tougher, but after a third-place finish in the shorter Ryanair Chase (G1) at the Festival last year, he is good enough over the course to interest for deeper exotic wagers.
2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup Expert Picks
These are the best bets for the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup!
$20 to win – #2 A Plus Tard
$10 each-way – #8 Protektorat
$1 exacta key – #2 A Plus Tard with #6 Galvin and #8 Protektorat
$0.50 trifecta key – #2 A Plus Tard with #1 Al Boum Photo, #6 Galvin and #8 Protektorat
$0.20 superfecta key – #2 A Plus Tard with #1 Al Boum Photo, #6 Galvin, #8 Protektorat, and #11 Tornado Flyer
For 10 years, Rowan Ward has been handicapping and betting horses in Chicago. For almost as long, they has also been writing about horse racing. They are aware that the best handicapping approaches for a given race rely on a variety of variables, but they frequently discover that the proverb "the pace makes the race" can yield profitable betting opportunities. Local Chicago races, national stakes races, and two-year-old maiden races with intriguing pedigrees are some of their favorite events to handicap.