15:30 Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips & Odds – Cheltenham Festival 18th March 2022

A look at all the runners for this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday

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We have reached Cheltenham Gold Cup tips for 2022 as this year’s Festival reaches its peak.

This is the big one, the top National Hunt fixture there is and it’s always a spectacle to behold.

The gruelling test of stamina climaxes in the big grinding slog up the famous Cheltenham hill to the finish.

This year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup betting market sees things pretty tight between three main contenders.

In our Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips preview, we are going to look at each of the individual 11 declared runners.

Our betting experts look at the form, the odds and those all-important trends as well.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Racing Odds

Galvin 10/3
A Plus Tard 10/3
Minella Indo 9/2
Protektorat 8/1
Royale Pagaille 10/1
Tornado Flyer 11/1
Al Boum Photo 12/1
Chantry House 16/1
Asterion Forlonge 20/1
Santini 33/1
Aye Right 66/1

* (odds recorded at 18:54 GMT on March 14th, 2022 at William Hill)

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Cheltenham Gold Cup Race Details Cheltenham Festival

  • Grade 1
  • 5-year-olds plus
  • 11 declared runners
  • 3m 2f
  • Going: Good To Soft


FAV in Cheltenham Gold Cup Racing Odds

As things stand we are looking at joint 10/3 favourites in the shape of GALVIN and A PLUS TARD for the Cheltenham Gold Cup odds 2022* (odds recorded at 18:54 GMT on March 14th, 2022 at William Hill).

Galvin 10/3

GALVIN was a winner at last year’s Cheltenham Festival as he scooped up the victory in the National Hunt Chase. That rounded off an unbeaten novice campaign.

The Gordon Elliott-trained 8-year-old has taken his form further forward this year. It’s been two wins in three.

In his latest run, Galvin went up against A Plus Tard in the Grade 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown in December.

It was such a closely fought battle all the way, with Galvin just collaring his rival by a short head at the line.

Galvin has Davy Russell booked who has been on his back for the most recent of his two victories.

A Plus Tard 10/3

A PLUS TARD has proven time and again that he is a class act. He has Gold Cup experience after coming home second last year, topped only by Minello Indo.

A Plus Tard impressively opened the season. He smashed Royale Pagaille by 22 lengths at Haydock.

Then it was that Savills ‘ battle with Galvin at Leopardstown. But notably, since then, the form of his yard has come forward substantially.

There’s a chance that everything is just coming together at the right time for him to go that one step further in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.


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Minello Indo 9/2

Last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner MINELLO INDO is back as expected as he takes on the challenge once again.

He had the beating of A Plus Tard in last year’s renewal. But since then, the latter rival has gone on to much better things.

Minella Indo has stalled a bit this season, not having been at his best since that win at Cheltenham last March.

There was a really poor effort by Minella Indo at the King George in December. He did offer a glimmer of a revival with a second in the Irish Gold Cup.

The positive for Minello Indo is that he is such a good Chltenheam performer and can’t be written out of contention.

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Protektorat 8/1

Offering a bit of an unknown quantity when it comes to Cheltenham Gold Cup tips 2022 is PROTEKTORAT.

During his novice chasing campaign, Protektorat landed a Grade 1 success at Aintree. There have been signs that he is capable of further big things.

David Skelton’s 7-year-old opened this season with a runner-up in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at this venue on the Old Course.

He was then moved up to Grade 2 for a run in the Many Clouds at Aintree and he tore the field apart, winning by 25 lengths.

Does he belong up at Grade 1 among such rich company? Time will tell on Friday, but Protekortat is a fascinating Gold Cup entry.

Royale Pagaille 10/1

On current form, ROYAL PAGAILLE may have a little bit to find. He was in last year’s Gold Cup, coming home 6th of 12.

He was never a threat in the fixture and has won one of three runs since then. That score was at Haydock in a Grade 2 in January this year.

That victory sandwich a couple of second-place finishes for Royale Pagaille. The first of those was by 22 lengths to A Plus Tard at Haydock in November.

Tornado Flyer 11/1

Not one to totally write out of the picture as TORNADO FLYER is a high-class chaser. He does need more for this, however.

There was a victory in the King George at Kempton oN Boxing Day, surprising the field there from a 28/1 SP.

That came from nowhere and trainer Willie Mullins sent him into the thick of things on Friday, probably needing a big career-best improvement to land it. Tornado Flyer was third in last year’s Ryanair.

Al Boum Photo 12/1

The great two-time Gold Cup winner AL BOUM PHOTO is back for another crack at the race, now a 10-year-old.

His career record stands at 8 wins from 15 chase starts.

He was back in winning mood in January at Tramore in a small field, which was just to get him some time out on the course as a Cheltenham warm up.

That’s just one of two outings that Al Boum Photo has had since finishing third in last year’s renewal.

He’s tried with the cheekpieces on and is no forlorn hope for the places.

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Chantry House 16/1

CHANTRY HOUSE goes for Nicky Henderson with six wins from eight chases under his belt.

He could be the pick of the longer-priced options in Cheltenham Gold Cup odds 2022.

It has been two wins from three in this campaign for Chantry House, who was last year’s Marsh winner at the Festival.

The King Geroge didn’t work out for him in December, but a recent win here at Cheltenham in the Cotswold Chase and retaining Nico de Boinville could give him a chance.

Asterion Forlonge 20/1

There is not too much in the current form of ASTERION FORLONGE to suggest that the Willie Mullins-trained 8-year-old is going to get there.

He failed to complete 4 of his first 9 chases and with two failures to get home this season, including a fall at the King George, it’s hard to see enough there.

Santini 33/1

SANTINI is not the force of old but did put in a good shift to finish as runner-up to Chantry House at Cheltenham in late January.

Santini was second in the 2020 Gold Cup but pulled up in last year’s renewal and with a winless streak that has been extended to seven runs, this looks beyond him.

Aye Right 66/1

AYE RIGHT is going to need to find a career-best and then some to get in the thick of this one.

He does have a good attitude and proven staying ability.

But this is extremely tough company he will face on Friday and he was beaten by Chantry House at the course back in January.

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About the Cheltenham Gold Cup

For almost the first century since the Cheltenham Gold Cup was introduced in 1819, it was a flat race. It wasn’t until 1924 that the jumps came into play.

In 1959 the race was moved to the New Course and it is the richest non-handicap race on the National Hunt Calendar

It’s run at a distance of 3m 2f 70y and there are 22 fences involved in the contest. It’s open to five-year-olds and above with mares getting a 7lb allowance.

There have been so many great winners of this race, from Golden Miller to Arkle, Best Mate, Kauto Star and Denman.

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Last 10 Cheltenham Gold Cup Winners at the Cheltenham Festival


Year Winner Odds Jockey Trainer
2021 Minella Indo 9/1 Jack Kennedy Henry De Bromhead
2020 Al Boum Photo 100/30F Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2019 Al Boum Photo 12/1 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2018 Native River 5/1 Ricahrd Johnson Colin Tizzard
2018 Sizing John 7/1 Robbie Power Jessica Harrigton
2016 Don Cossack 9/4F B J Cooper Gordon Elliott
2015 Coneygree 7/1 Nico de Boinville Mark Bradstock
2014 Lord Windermere 20/1 Davy Russell J H Culloty
2013 Bobs Worth 11/4F Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2012 Synchronised 8/1 A P McCoy Jonjo O’Neill


Cheltenham Gold Cup Trends

For the next part of our Cheltenham Gold Cup tips preview for the 2022 renewal, we look at some of the key trends.

The first of which is how favourites have fared recently. In the last 10 Gold Cup renewals there have been three winning favourites:

  • Al Boum Photo 2020
  • Don Cossack 2016
  • Bobs Worth 2013

That having been said, the trend is definitely to pull towards some of the stronger picks in the market.

Only two of the last ten renewals of the blue riband race have been won by a horse at double figures in Cheltenham Gold Cup odds.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Trainer Statistics

Willie Mullins and Nicky Henderson share top honours across the last 20 renewals, both having won it twice.

Nicky Henderson has got his two Gold Cup successes from having put out 11 fewer entries than Mullins in that span. Both wins for Willie Mullins came with Album Photo in 2019 and 2020.

In contrast, the last time a Nicky Henderson-trained horse won the Gold Cup was back in 2013 with Bob’s Worth.


Cheltenham Gold Cup Trends Cheltenham Festival

  • There have been 3 winning favourites in the last 10 renewals
  • Was within the first 7 of the betting market 20/20
  • Wasn’t above 9 years old 20/20
  • Hadn’t ran within 30 days of the Gold Cup 20/20
  • Had claimed a victory with in the last 4 starts 20/20
  • Between 1 and 10 G1 wins had been earned 20/20
  • Wasn’t bigger than an 8/1 SP last time out 20/20
  • Had not fallen more than 3 times in chases 20/20
  • Had no more than five failures to complete a race 20/20
  • Between 1-5 previous runs at Cheltenham 19/20


Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips & Predictions Cheltenham Festival 2022

We are going straight to the top for the first of our Cheltenham Gold Cup tips selection, and that is 10/3 shot A PLUS TARD* (odds recorded at 18:54 GMT on March 14th, 2022 at William Hill).

Even though he was beaten by Galvin last time out, it was only a narrow defeat and his yard has found much better form since.

MINELLO INDO at 9/2 is the next selection in Cheltenham Gold Cup tips* (odds recorded at 18:54 GMT on March 14th, 2022 at William Hill).

Last year’s winner hasn’t been at the same level since that score, but he generally saves his best for Cheltenham and could thrive once again.

The big outsider for us is the 16/1 CHANTRY HOUSE* (odds recorded at 18:54 GMT on March 14th, 2022 at William Hill). He did go to King George as the favourite for a reason.

That was as bad a day at the office as he could have imagined. But returned to immediate form winning a Grade 2 here at Cheltenham in January. He could be primed.

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