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Monday 14th March 2022
Who are the Favourites to Win the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup?

Cheltenham Gold Cup

With the Cheltenham Festival right around the corner, there will be many who will be looking for the best bonuses and promo codes that they can find to enhance the betting experiences that they may decide to have on one of the greatest horse racing spectacles around the world.

Indeed, many will be able to find more options at in order to achieve this, however it might be worth trying to find out which horse is the favourite to win the Gold Cup; the biggest race of the festival this upcoming week.

Let’s take a look at five of the main contenders to win the prize and see why many have been tipping each of them:

A Plus Tard

For many, there is no better choice than A Plus Tard, with the Henry De Bromhead-trained horse having been identified as a serious contender.

He debuted in the race last year and looked good to win until his stablemate, Minella Indo, took over after hardly putting a foot wrong. Of course, Rachael Blackmore had an excellent year last season and it was unfortunate that she did not win the Gold Cup.


One of the biggest predictions that many have for the Gold Cup this year is that Galvin will be the winner, despite having raced in the biggest race of the Cheltenham Festival before.

Indeed, the Irish horse, who is trained by Gordon Elliott, has continued to improve with each meet it particulates in and continues to blow away the rest of the field, including the likes of Minella Indo and Delta Work, although the Down Royal race did see him finish second to Frodon; something many would not associate shame with, though.

Last year’s National Hunt Chase champion, the Gold Cup will certainly be interesting for Galvin.

Minella Indo

As mentioned, Minella Indo did not put a foot wrong in the Gold Cup last year under Jack Kennedy and the horse will be aiming to make it a hat-trick of victories after winning the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle in 2019.

Things have been far from plain sailing since last year’s win, though, but the De Bromhead-trained horse has to remain a candidate for Gold Cup honours this season.


Many continue to hold Protektorat in high regard given the performances of this horse, especially after enjoying a successful campaign as a novice.

With his improvement in racing, many have kept him quiet with the idea of the Cheltenham Gold Cup in mind, and it will be interesting to see if it is a move that pays dividends. It will be the biggest test of his young career, but he is fresh and has a history of doing well at the racecourse, so who knows what will happen when the race takes place on Friday 18 March.

Al Boum Photo

Al Boum Photo will be participating in his fourth consecutive year at the Cheltenham Festival and Willie Mullins appears to have a lot of faith and trust in this horse, although many would argue that is not a bad thing.

Many expect the 10-year-old to continue to power through the field and make up for his third-place finish in last year’s event, especially as he was crowded out in a pocket during a crucial moment of the race. He is certainly worth keeping an eye on.