de Bromhead will hope lightning strikes twice in the Cheltenham Gold Cup having
signalled his intent by entering both last year’s top two in the 2022 Festival
feature, writes Paul Martin.
Indo held off A Plus Tard to win a thriller by a length and a quarter last year
under Jack Kennedy but it’s the latter who heads the ante-post market this time
around having impressed in winning the Betfair Chase at Haydock in November.
Tard did not have it all his own way at Leopardstown last week, however, and
his Savills Chase conqueror Galvin will hope to have the eight-year-old’s
number once more at Prestbury Park having been entered by Gordon Elliott.
who won the Grade 2 Sam Vestey National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices' Chase at
last year’s Festival, appears Elliott’s best chance of landing a second Gold
Cup following Don Cossack’s success in 2016.
Gold Cup has not been outside Irish possession since 2018 and the ante-post
market is dominated by representatives from the green corner.
addition to last year’s frontrunners and Galvin, Al Boum Photo is going for a
third Gold Cup in four years having been entered by Willie Mullins.
2019 and 2020 champion began 2022 with a bang by returning from a 248-day
absence to ease home in the Grade 3 Savills New Year Chase at Tramore while
stablemate Tornado Flyer is also well fancied following a remarkable King
George triumph on St Stephen’s Day.
Durkan winner Allaho, Asterion Forlonge, Carefully Selected, Franco De Port and
Melon make up the remainder of Mullins’ seven entries.
Ida, fresh from Grade 3 success at Fairyhouse, is among the rest of Elliott’s
five submissions while Eklat De Rire completes the De Bromhead trio.
Queen Mother Champion Chase could see a Mullins stable star set for a titanic
battle as Energumene is entered alongside dual Cheltenham Festival winner
Shishkin, the Nicky Henderson-trained ace who remains unbeaten over fences.
is five from five himself when chasing and has the option of this or the
Ryanair Chase the following day, having been entered for both – the same tactic
used by De Bromhead for reigning Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Put The
Ryanair Chase champion Allaho and Chacun Pour Soi are also among the entries
for both races, as is Envoi Allen – who has also been entered for the Champion
Hurdle as De Bromhead keeps his options open.
is looking to continue his Ryanair Chase dominance, having won four of the last