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Cheltenham Gold Cup: A Plus Tard still favourite

| 04.01.2022

A look at the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the world’s most prestigious National Hunt race and the highlight of March’s four-day Cheltenham Festival.

Irish trainers have taken home the trophy in five of the last six seasons and Henry de Bromhead saddled his first Cheltenham Gold Cup winner with Minella Indo in 2021.  

De Bromhead is responsible for the favourite once again, with the defending champion also high up on in the market.

Here we analyse the contenders for the Festival’s blue riband event in our look at the Cheltenham betting odds. 

A Plus Tard 

Despite suffering defeat in the Savills Chase over the Christmas period, the eight-year-old former Cheltenham Festival winner finds himself still heading the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting at 3/1.

That is possibly due to the deep impression he created on his seasonal reappearance at Haydock where the son of Kapgarde sauntered to a 22-length success under Rachael Blackmore as A Plus Tard became the first Irish-trained winner of the Haydock Grade 1.

He lost little in defeat at Leopardstown most recently, plotting a far from ideal outside course during the race, before having his pocket picked in the shadow of the winning post when victory looked his.

A Plus Tard, Cheltenham Gold Cup

Sent off the 100/30 second favourite for the most recent renewal of the Gold Cup, De Bromhead’s charge only had his stablemate Minella Indo ahead of him as he came up a length-and-a-quarter short.  

Best when kept fresh, it looks likely he will now head straight to the Cheltenham Festival. 


Getting the better of A Plus Tard in Dublin over Christmas was Gordon Elliott’s Galvin, who has bolted his way to second favourite in the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds at 6/1.

A winner of the National Hunt Chase at last season’s Cheltenham Festival, he was seen as more of a Grand National contender at the beginning of the season, but there are no doubts now that he is Elliott’s main hope for the blue riband.

Another who will now take a break before the spring, he will attempt to give the Cullentra House handler a second Gold Cup success.

Minella Indo 

The defending champion has been pushed out to 8/1 as he looks to follow in the footsteps of Al Boum Photo and record back-to-back victories in the Cheltenham showpiece.  

However, many will feel he has plenty of questions to answer following a bitterly disappointing outing in the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day.

The nine-year-old failed to sparkle in first-time cheekpieces and was one of the first horses beat in a race run at breakneck pace.

One cause for optimism, however, is that Minella Indo often saves his best for the spring and he has an impeccable record at Prestbury Park.

De Bromhead is sure to have him primed for the big occasion and supporters of the champ will be hesitant to give up on their charge just yet.  

Al Boum Photo  

The Gold Cup winner in both 2019 and 2020, Willie Mullins’ star stayer could only finish third when sent off favourite to land the hat-trick in 2021.  

He lost little in defeat as he rounded off an Irish one-two-three, with drying conditions arguably favouring his De Bromhead-trained rivals on the day. 

He made his signature winning return at Tramore on New Year’s Day, landing his fourth straight victory in the Savills New Year’s Day chase, and his Gold Cup odds have immediately shortened to 10/1.

Mullins feels he left the two-time champion a little short ahead of last year’s Gold Cup and it would be no surprise to see Al Boum Photo take in a warm-up of some sort on the path back to Prestbury Park.

Tornado Flyer

A springer in the market following his King George win on Boxing Day, there is no doubting that Tornado Flyer could be underestimated at 14/1.

Another live contender for Mullins, he is still unexposed over staying distances, with his Kempton victory just the second time he had competed over three miles in his 18-race career.

Third in the Ryanair Chase in 2021, his Cheltenham form is far from the worst, but there will remain some doubts about the validity of his Christmas Grade One success due to the reckless pace set in the early stages and some of the dubious mid-race moves made by the jockeys at various stages.

Tornado Flyer, Cheltenham Gold Cup


An interesting entrant into the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting at 16/1 following his all-the-way success in the John Durkan at Punchestown.

The reigning Ryanair Chase winner has twice placed over three miles at the Cheltenham Festival but his stamina over the extended 3m2f test of the Gold Cup is yet to be proven and his handler, the all-conquering Mullins, could just stick to the tried and tested.

He is more likely to try and defend his crown in Thursday’s feature chase but can’t be ignored if connections decide to roll the dice.

Asterion Forlonge

Another Cheltenham Gold Cup possible for Mullins is this enigmatic grey, who is proving something of a frustration for his followers.

Undoubtedly a talented operator and a Grade One winner over hurdles, things haven’t gone completely to plan over the larger obstacles and he has failed to complete in just under half of his chase starts.

He looked set to give Allaho plenty to think about in the John Durkan before crashing out three from home and looked booked for second (and potentially the win) when a faller at the last fence in the King George most recently.

Cheltenham arguably doesn’t suit the eight-year-old, who has a preference for a right-handed track. However, if he is able to produce a clear round in the blue riband then he could represent plenty of value at 16/1.


Dan Skelton’s progressive six-year-old made a real impression when destroying the field in Aintree’s Many Clouds chase on his first try at three miles.

That was the gelding’s second Graded success at the Merseyside track as he left former Gold Cup winner Native River trailing 25 lengths behind in second.

Having finished second in the Paddy Power Gold Cup over 2m5f, what is now looking an inadequate trip, on his seasonal reappearance, he appears a Gold Cup player and could have a say on the Friday of the Festival at 16/1.

Chantry House  

It looks to be back to the drawing board for Nicky Henderson’s seven-year-old who failed to live with the pace in the King George in his first real test in open company.

Last season he took advantage of the fall of Envoi Allen to score at the Cheltenham Festival, before making it back-to-back Grade 1 victories when stepped up to three miles for the first time in the Mildmay Novices Chase at Aintree.  

His future still looks to lie over staying distances and he has a chance to reclaim his place in the Gold Cup reckoning when taking in the Cotswolds Chase at Cheltenham later this month. 

A strong showing in that event could see his current Cheltenham odds of 20/1 shorten significantly.


Beaten less than two lengths when third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2020, the Colin Tizzard-trained gelding was pulled up in the Festival feature in 2021.

However, he proved the engine was still purring when winning at Ascot in November and the blue riband has been identified as his spring target.

A third straight disappointment in the King George limits the optimism in the son of Flemensfirth, but spring ground could benefit this 33/1 shot, who would be a popular winner.

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Adam Morgan