Cheltenham Gold Cup Entries: Al Boum Photo favourite to land hat-trick

Cheltenham Gold Cup Entries: Al Boum Photo favourite to land hat-trick

41 horses are still in the mix for the Cheltenham Gold Cup after today's entries.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Entries

41 horses have been entered in the early closer stage for the Gold Cup, including the likes of Al Boum Photo, Minella Indo, Champ, Cyrname, Santini, A Plus Tard and Presenting Percy. 

Below are the full list of entries for the prestigious race: 

  • Acapella Bourgeois
  • Al Boum Photo
  • Allaho
  • A Plus Tard
  • Aso
  • Battleoverdoyen 
  • Black Op 
  • Bristol de Mai 
  • Burrows Saint 
  • Castlebawn West 
  • Champ 
  • Cyrname 
  • Delta Work 
  • Frodon 
  • Imperial Aura 
  • Itchy Feet 
  • Kemboy 
  • Lake View Lad 
  • Lord du Mesnil 
  • Lostintranslation 
  • Magic of Light 
  • Master Tommytucker 
  • Melon 
  • Minella Indo 
  • Mister Malarky 
  • Monalee 
  • Native River
  • Presenting Percy 
  • Real Steel 
  • Royale Pagaille 
  • Saint Calvados 
  • Samcro 
  • Santini 
  • Shattered Love 
  • Simply The Betts 
  • Spyglass Hill 
  • Terrefort 
  • The Conditional
  • Vinndication 
  • Waiting Patiently
  • Yorkhill 

 

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Latest Gold Cup betting

Winner for the last two years, Al Boum Photo unsurprisingly heads the betting at this stage. The nine-year-old is the 7/2 favourite to win the race for a third time. His odds were cut from 4/1 after his easy victory at Tramore on New Year’s Day. Indeed, in the last seven days, Al Boum Photo is by far the most backed horse on oddschecker, receiving 46% of all bets

After Al Boum Photo, every other horse is available at double-figure prices with bookmakers. Minella Indo had been supported into 6/1 after two victories in October and November, but he uncharacteristically fell at the eighth fence in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown last month. This has caused his price to drift back out, with 10/1 available with two firms on oddschecker. A number of punters are happy to forgive Minella Indo for this, and he’s taken 8% of bets in the market since the race on the 28th of December. 

 

Santini has also been eased out during the course of the season. Around the 7/1 mark before he had raced, he wasn’t seen to best affect at Aintree with omitted fences, or at Kempton when finishing fifth. His current price tag of 12/1 in a place may underestimate the chances of last year’s runner-up. With excuses for both his runs this season, the Gold Cup test will play to his strengths and connections will hope for a stronger pace to aim at this year. Oddschecker are happy to take their chance on Santini too. He’s the second most backed horse, with just under 10% of bets in the market placed on Nicky Henderson’s runner. 

After winning the aforementioned Paddy Power Gold Cup, A Plus Tard’s odds were slashed for the Gold Cup. As big as 50/1 before the race, Henry De Bromhead’s seven-year-old is now around the 10/1 mark for the contest in March. A few punters managed to catch some big prices on the 2019 Cheltenham Festival winner, and he’s still received support in recent days. The seven-year-old is fractionally behind Santini in bet numbers, with 9% of bets in the market in the last week

Aside from these four, there is a lack of interest in the other contenders from oddschecker punters. Champ (12/1) has received some interest with around 6% of bets, but is still yet to be seen on the track since his extraordinary RSA Chase win last year. Frodon has attracted some small interest at 16/1 after his King George victory, having been as big as 50/1 before Boxing Day.

 

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