Cheltenham Festival 2022 Tips: A Guide to Gold Cup Runners and 1-2-3 Predictions

Previous winners Minella Indo and Al Boum Photo line up again for the Gold Cup, with Gordon Elliott-trained Galvin being a popular choice, along with Rachael Blackmore’s A Plus Tard

Galvin (right) won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham 2021
Galvin (right) won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham 2021

Rachael Blackmore has about six minutes left to earn more History of Cheltenham in the Gold Cup.

At the start, the record-breaking rider will schedule her race on the A Plus Tard, who finished second last year. If the duo manage to turn the tide with steady friend Minella Indo a year later – and beat nine other competitors – then Blackmore will be the first female driver to win.

Coach Henry de Bromhead has suggested that his run against Galvin at Christmas could be key – and the A Plus Tard has been refreshed since. He said: “A Plus Tard was really impressive in the Betfair Chase at Haydock and he ran well in the Savills. I was a bit disappointed when I got hit, but I still feel that he runs very well.

“I’d say you could argue Savills was in his best form, when he was beaten by Galvin. I thought he was really impressive at Haydock and I think he did really well at Leopardstown.”

Rachael Blackmore celebrates after winning on A Plus Tard at Cheltenham Festival 2019


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Richard Thompson, owner of Cheveley Park Stud, hopes A Plus Tard can go somewhere better.

“We have a good horse, a good trainer and a good horse,” he said. “He has a very good record at Cheltenham – he finished first, third and second, so he is a proven Cheltenham artist.

“He has a great CV and we think he has the fitness, class and acceleration. We just hope we finish the race and we’ll see what happens. ”

Davy Russell, by riding his favorite Galvin, was stopped by a doctor on Thursday – and it remains to be seen whether he will be fit enough to compete in the feature event.

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Galvin 7-2 – Emerging as one of the best chasers in practice and narrowly beating the A Plus Tard in Savills Chase over Christmas is easily the strongest competition on offer. Won the National Hunt Chase last year, so is a proven festival performer, and Gordon Elliott is pretty upbeat about his recent work reports. Seems to be nailed to run a big race.

A Plus Tard4-1 – Last year’s Gold Cup runner-up and has a great chance of getting a higher spot in 2022. The winner was impressive in the Betfair Chase at Haydock, winning almost 22 lengths almost on the reins, but no could justify a price differential when exposed to Galvin at Lopeardstown. That form is strong and there’s obviously little between the pairs so must rank high although his win-run ratio (5-13 over the fence) isn’t really what you’d expect from a horse of his quality.

A Plus Tard wins Betfair Chase with impressive style



Minella Indonesia5-1 – Keep up the good work for your famous stablemate A Plus Tard in this race last year, take Cheltenham Festival record to two wins and one second. Not on the same level at either star this term but coming second to the Conflated in Irish Gold Cup is much more encouraging and it is likely he will be at his peak for the festival once again. Dangerous to rule out.

Photo Al Boum 10-1 – Two-time Gold Cup winner and another notable attempt to finish third in 2021. No trouble winning the Savills Chase at Tramore on New Year’s Day for the third year running and appeared poised for another daring bid but reports from the house suggest he wasn’t exactly flying in his preparations.

Photos of Al Boum


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Protektorat 17-2 – Burst for the Gold Cup on the run with Many Clouds Chase at Aintree in December, his first attempt at a trip three miles or more. The 1st place winner is new and has a lot of potential across trips to stay, so it’s no surprise if he disappoints the Irish challengers in what looks to be an expansive year.

Tornado Flyer 14-1 – The winner surprised King George VI Chase at Kempton and wasn’t exposed as a pursuer to stay but could be pleased with the result as he had a good pace. There was no match for Allaho in last year’s Ryanair Chase but didn’t get up to speed so the Gold Cup trip is likely to be a fitting and a lively outsider for the Willie Mullins team.

Chantry House 16-1 Won 9 of his 12 career starts; capitalized on Envoi Allen’s fall to win last year’s Marsh Novices’ Chase and bounce back from King George’s aborted attempt by winning Cheltenham’s Cotswold Chase in January. However, worked hard to beat aging Santini with two and a half lengths and probably needs to improve his form with the best part of 10lb to make it difficult for the referee in the Gold Cup.

Rest of Court Odds: 14-1 Royale Pagaille, 28-1 Asterion Forlonge, 33-1 Santini, 66-1 Aye Right


The strongest form in this race is Leopardstown’s Savills Chase vs GALWIN seems like a worthy favorite and he could prove hard to beat. He seemed to have the ideal mix of class and stamina and Gordon Elliott was pretty excited about his work in the build. A Plus Tard should suit Rachael Blackmore, while another big take from Al Boum Photo should come as no surprise.

Predict 1-2-3

1. Galvin 2. A Plus Tard 3. Al Boum Photo

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