Cheltenham Festival 2023: Gold Cup Day – Live


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A near-certain win for Ireland to start St Patrick’s Day at Cheltenham. Zipcott, Jupiter du Gite and active duty The only British-trained runner in a field of the last 15, prices range from 66-1 to 250-1. Because his four of his seven runners are in the top four spots in the market. Rosie Mouse, 13-8 favorites, blood fate (5-2) and Gala Marceau (4-1). Lossiemouth lost her unbeaten record in the Grade 1 juvenile hurdles at Leopardstown last month in the hurdles behind Gala Marceau, but she is still two and a half lengths behind her as a result of traffic problems. Lost quite a lot of ground and remains a favorite. should be found in the line. blood fate The weakest of the trio on the market this morning, making a Grade 1 debut, but his win at Fairyhouse in January was a great performance and should see a lot of improvement going forward.On the other hand, for those looking to help big outsiders either way, see John McConnell’s hypotenuse At about 50-1. I tend to be a bit pushy about the trainer’s excellent record with runners in Britain in general and Cheltenham in particular, and when Seddon won the plate at the festival yesterday, he missed the mark. He doesn’t seem to want to buy a ferry ticket for any horse unless he thinks that’s justified. hypotenuse Just three lengths behind Zenta, he had a 10-1 shot in the race today.

Choice: Blood Destiny. EACH-WAY: hypotenuse.

Racing Post says crowds are down this yearWednesday felt quieter, but that’s probably because everyone was sheltering from the rain.

Cheltenham bosses said a combination of two days of teacher strikes and train strikes during this week’s festival affected attendance figures at the big conference.

Official attendance on Wednesday was 50,387, down 14,044 from last year. Tuesday’s crowd was 60,284 for him, down 8,283 from last year. This year, in an effort to improve the experience for race-goers, the maximum number of spectators on each day of the conference was capped at his 68,500, while Thursday attendance was 62,429, down 11,325 from last year. .

Cheltenham director Ian Renton said: We’re comparing the numbers to a strong year and specifically limited attendance for tomorrow. We were expecting fewer people, but everything we’ve heard so far suggests people had a pleasant experience, and that’s important.

The forecast is for more rain. This year has been a little miserable.

Here’s what the odds checker market is doing this morning.

  • Huwick 50/1 – 25/1 [Gold Cup]

  • Pass Drew 20/1 – 12/1 [County Hurdle]

  • Irish Hill 14/1 – 8/1 [Martin Pipe]

  • Ahoy Senor 22/1 – 12/1 [Gold Cup]

  • Little Thunder 33/1 – 20/1 [County Hurdle]

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Here are the main reasons why you fancy Rachael Blackmore aboard the A Plus Tard in the gold cup. The ground is so different that sojourners should fantasize if the main contenders don’t.

Here are Greg Wood’s final day tipsThursday saw the favorites swallowed up across the field. Greg picked the previous winner of Big His One.

His dismal run when he was the favorite to win the Betfair Chase in November saw him finish out of frame for the first time in 15 starts, the result of an infection picked up during transport to Haydock. was. The Savills Chase in December ruled him out of that race.

De Bromhead decided to keep him fresh for the festival after that minor setback and reports that A Plus Tard is showing all the right signs at a gallop. It’s also encouraging that his strings have been in great shape this week with a winner every afternoon.

Galopin Des Champs is clearly an up-and-coming talent, but like Bravemansgame, he needs to prove himself.there is no such doubt See you soon (3.30) And he’s a great bet with the available odds to become the second Dual Gold Cup winner since 2003.

Barry Glendenning was in Prestbury Park Yesterday we went to see Master of Ditch Cheat, and formerly Cheltenham break the duck.

Nicholls, though triumphant in the far more prestigious festival race, was more than happy to finally win against a coalition of Irish raiders long sent into battle by Mullins and Gordon Elliott. The Turner’s Novice Chase may not be the stuff of racing dreams, but the stage star’s victory would at least end something of a nightmare for his reassuring trainer as far as this particular meeting is concerned. I let

It’s not like he lost touch. In fact, it’s far from it. Nicholls continues to deliver winners at breakneck speed and now leads the Jump Trainers’ Championship with around £3million in prize money this season, with a cold streak starting at Cheltenham by Thursday. , in England and Ireland he had 19 Group 1 winners. Queen Mother Champion Chase 3 years ago.


Greg Wood

Greg Wood

For the first time this week, there’s a faint hint of spring in the Cheltenham air this morning, and as the packed crowd begins to stream into the store, it mixes with the scent of a foot-long sausage sizzling from the Frankfurt stand by the entrance. I’m here. Racecourse. This is exactly what he should be on the morning of his Cup of Gold with one of the most historic and venerable races of the season just hours away.

99 years since then red splash After winning the first Cheltenham Gold Cup 5-1, preparations are well underway to celebrate its 100th This includes plans (don’t ask why) to take the trophy to the highest points in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. But first, there are 94 serious Thirteen runners will hit the post at 3:30 this afternoon.

They included the final two winners, see you and Minera Indiathe market has a clear view of Henry de Bromhead’s two-runner prospects, while Rachel Blackmore’s Mount raises prices as the 5-1 second favorite to repeat last year’s success. and Minera India is offered at 20-1.

Opponents include last year’s Grand National winner Noble Yates. If he comes forward, he will be his third horse to win both races and the first after winning at Aintree. King George’s winner of the Brave Man’s Game is looking to give Paul Nichols his fifth gold of his Cup. This ties in with the all-time record held by Arkle’s trainer Tom His Dripper. A particular favorite is the Garopin de Champs from the Willie Mullins stable. He crossed the hurdles in his 2021 to be the winner here, but is most famous among festival-goers for leaving the final fence at the mercy of Turners his novice his chase in 2022. Or remain infamous.

Seven runners are looking to extend Ireland’s current winning streak to five in the Gold Cup. And so is St. Patrick’s Day. Visitors said that Dunn now has favorites in six of the day’s races after taking a gamble on his skeleton. Pembroke 2.10 propelled him to the top of the market for the County Hurdle. After defeating Great Britain 5-2 in the first three days, it may be in the afternoon that they lead by a big margin 7-0 for the first time.

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