The Cheltenham Festival is just around the
corner and as far as races at the meeting goes, nothing is bigger than the
Cheltenham Gold Cup. This race is a true test of horse and rider, you need to
jump well, have the stamina to stay 3m2f and handle the uphill finish, while
also having the turn of foot to win one of the best national hunt races in the
There are many new
betting sites for Cheltenham appearing, and as far as betting races go, the
Gold Cup will be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, of the entire four-day
meeting. It will also gain interest because Al Boum Photo, current favourite
for the race, is aiming to land the Gold Cup hat trick, winning the race for
three consecutive seasons.
Can Al Boum Photo Retain His Crown?
If you love nostalgia, then you will be cheering home Al Boum Photo on the final day of the Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival. Trainer Willie Mullins has set him up incredibly well each season so far, with a plan to ensure he is perfect on the day.
That has led to criticism, because we don’t see him enough, but the fact is that this has worked very well and there is no way things will change in in the future. A 2020 Gold Cup win came after seeing the horse just once at Tramore, that is exactly how he goes into the 2021 renewal.
Only Arkle, Cottage Rake and Golden Miller
have won three or more Gold Cups, showing just how tough this is, however there
is a little difference this year that potentially helps Al Boum Photo.
This Gold Cup looks as though it could be a
little weaker than those he has won over the past two years. In terms of the
opposition, some horses are back for another shot, but in terms of how those
horses come into this race, they are in a worse position.
The new horses coming into the race, who
have never run against Al Boum Photo, all look as though they fall just short
of the standard required to win a standard renewal of the race. These include A
Plus Tard and Frodon, two big winners over the festive period. However, both of
those races were over a shorter distance, and stamina looks to be an issue with
them, will they see it out up the hill?
Winning a third Gold Cup would certainly be
special and would certainly hit the horse racing news
headlines for the right reasons. However, Al Boum Photo may not have to do
anything that we haven’t seen from him before if he wants to lift that title.
A repeat of his run in either 2019 or 2020 would
more than likely be enough to win this race again. When you consider his
trainer Mullins has given him the same prep, looking after the horse and
keeping him fresh, you certainly wouldn’t be surprised if this was to happen.