Our Cheltenham Festival ante-post series reaches its penultimate instalment, as we take a look at the Gold Cup.
Several racing greats have claimed success in the 3m2½f Chase, with the likes of Arkle, Best Mate, Kauto Star and Denman landing victory in the event.
Our team have taken a look through the fourth day’s feature race, in hope of pinning the winner early.
Here are three selections to consider for next season’s renewal of the Gold Cup.
MONKFISH (6/1 – Various)
A very exciting prospect from Willie Mullins’ yard, Monkfish looks tailor-made for the Gold Cup and he could well strike in this contest come March.
The seven-year-old had looked an unstoppable force since breaking his maiden back in December 2019, winning seven straight contests including the Albert Bartlett and the Brown Advisory at the Festival.
The gelding had been faultless over fences until his last outing at Punchestown, but that can be crossed out as his stablemate Colreevy produced the performance of her career on her final start before retiring.
Monkfish’s price of 6/1 is generous at this stage and it could well be worth taking up that offer at this stage.
AL BOUM PHOTO (20/1 – Various)
Al Boum Photo’s hat-trick aspirations in the Gold Cup were ended by Minella Indo last term, but the gelding could bounce back at the first time of asking next season.
The gelding has been lightly raced in recent seasons, only featuring at Tramore on New Year’s Day before making the trip to Cheltenham.
With only a couple of runners better than the nine-year-old in the division, it’s likely that Willie Mullins will make alterations to his campaign trail this time.
If Al Boum Photo can get back to his best, his 20/1 price tag holds huge appeal.
ROYALE PAGAILLE (40/1 – bet365)
Venetia Williams’s Royale Pagaille garnered plenty of hype before heading to Cheltenham last season, but it could be this season where he strikes at the Festival for his connections.
The gelding grabbed the racing world’s attention when storming home with ease in the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase at Haydock, hacking up to win by 16 lengths.
The seven-year-old was given his chance in the Gold Cup, but it all went wrong as he lost two shoes and was found to be lame post-race after finishing sixth.
If Royale Pagaille can rediscover last season’s form, he will be one to watch out for here with his price tag of 40/1 looking potentially overpriced.