Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup 2022 LIVE RESULTS: Templegate's tips, horse racing betting odds, runners and riders

THE CHELTENHAM Festival concludes with the big one today – the Gold Cup!

All eyes will be on Prestbury Park with one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar amongst us.

And will it be a victory in Fergie time for Sir Alex Ferguson? His horse Protektorat is in the running today.

The Gold Cup is one of the richest races in Britain, with last year's winner Minella Indo scooping just over £260,000.

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  • Alex Terrell

    Templegate on Tornado Flyer ***

    Flyer needs wings. Shock winner of the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day but was impressive in scoring by nine lengths.

    He has quality but the worry is his staying power, particularly with the hill. Respected but needs more.

  • Alex Terrell

    Templegate on Santini ***

    Tini chance.

    He was a neck second in this contest two years ago but was pulled up 12 months ago on his last start for Nicky Henderson.

    Now with Polly Gundry, he pushed Chantry House all the way when second in the Cotswold Chase here last time.

    His very best form gives him a place squeak at huge odds.

  • Alex Terrell

    Templegate on Royale Pagaille **

    Royale flush. He was beaten 50 lengths into sixth in this race 12 months ago and has yet to win outside handicap level.

    He is a thorough stayer, though, and Venetia Williams has been in the winners this week, but he needs it properly bottomless to figure here.

  • Alex Terrell

    Templegate on Protektorat***

    Pro must go. He won a Grade 1 over two and a half miles in good style at Aintree last

    April and ran a cracker carting a big weight when second in the Paddy Power Gold Cup on comeback in November.

    He then saw out three miles well to win the Many Clouds Chase at Aintree in December.

    This is a much hotter contest than those and Dan Skelton's runner is not certain to stay the Gold Cup trip.

  • Alex Terrell

    Templegate on Minella Indo****

    IN the hunt. Last year's impressive winner has not had things go to plan since with three defeats including behind Conflated at the Dublin Racing Festival last time.

    That form wouldn't usually be good enough for this but he clearly comes alive at Cheltenham and there's every chance coming back to this race will bring out the best in him.

  • Alex Terrell

    Templegate on Galvin ****

    Vin may win.

    He won the National Hunt Chase at last year's Festival and has taken another step forward since, especially when winning the Savills Chase by a short-head in front of A Plus Tard at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting.

    He looked like a Grand National horse before that but showed enough class to be a major player here.

  • Alex Terrell

    Templegate on Chantry House **

    House call. He was a fantastic novice chaser who won the Marsh Chase at last year's Festival before following up in fantastic style in the equivalent race at Aintree.

    He kicked off this season with an easy Listed win at Sandown before a disappointing effort when sent off favourite for the King George at Kempton on Boxing Day.

    He had to pull out all the stops to win the Cotswold Chase here just ahead of Santini last time and needs to improve plenty on that.

  • Alex Terrell

    Templegate on Aye Right *

    Aye no. Honest handicapper who was third in the Ultima Chase last season and landed a smart contest at Newcastle in November before a decent third in the Cotswold Chase here last time.

    He stays well but lacks the class for this level and is playing for a place at very best.

  • Alex Terrell

    Templegate on Asterion Forlonge *

    Ast to improve.

    He was third in the Marsh Chase here over two and a half miles last season and followed up with a handicap win at Punchestown.

    He has looked short of this level on three starts this campaign, including when fourth in the Irish Gold Cup last time.

    He throws in the odd mistake and is still to convince over this distance.

  • Alex Terrell

    Templegate on A Plus Tard*****

    PLUS no minuses. Finished second in this race 12 months ago, just over a length behind Minella Indo. He was next seen at Haydock in November when he hammered some useful rivals to win the Betfair Chase.

    He was then sent to Leopardstown's Christmas meeting where he was beaten in a head-bobber when he tried to defend his Savills Chase crown.

    He was in front a fair way out and was just collared by Galvin. It was a decent effort at a time when the De Bromhead horses were out of sorts and he can turn that form around.

  • Alex Terrell

    Templegate on Al Boum Photo ****

    Photo call. Won this in 2019 and 2020 before another excellent third last year. He has been given his usual quiet preparation by Willie Mullins with a saunter around Tramore in January.

    We know he loves the track and stays well. It's hard for a ten-year-old to take this but the first-time cheekpieces may wake him up a little and he has every chance of making the frame at a fair price.

    STAR RATINGS * Gold 'n great **** Good as Gold *** Gold standard ** Gold plater * Fool's Gold

  • Alex Terrell

    Templegate on the Gold Cup

    IT all adds up to Plus in the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup.

    A Plus Tard was a good second in this race 12 months ago and can go mighty close again.

    Trainer Henry De Bromhead has had him wrapped in cotton wool since Christmas and that can pay dividends.

    Last year's winner Minella Indo has been out of sorts but the sight of Cheltenham can wake him up.

    The 2021 National Hunt Chase winner Galvin is in fine form, having narrowly beaten A Plus Tard in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown on his latest start.

    But don't ignore dual winner Al Boum Photo, who will be trained to the minute by Willie Mullins and could hit the frame at big odds.

  • Alex Terrell

    Good morning racing fans

    Rachael Blackmore aims to go from Wonder Woman to Golden Girl on A Plus Tard.

    The all-conquering Queen Of Cheltenham was everyone's Honey after her brilliant win in Tuesday's Champion Hurdle.

    And, fresh after Honeysuckle's glory, brilliant Blackmore is out to become the FIRST female rider to win the Gold Cup.

    She said: "A Plus Tard has a big engine and is such a slick jumper. I was second on him last year but he's improved."

    Blackmore, 32, added: "Winning the Gold Cup is what the wildest dreams are made of.

    "The pressure is off after Honeysuckle's win — I just want to go out there and enjoy it.

    "We'll see what happens but it would be amazing to win." Henry De Bromhead's runner was runner-up to stablemate Minella Indo last year but Blackmore said: "I am determined to make up for that. I got it wrong and Minella Indo won.

    "I believe A Plus Tard is in a better place this time around."

    Punters are expected to steam in to back the horse this morning and Ladbrokes' Nicola McGeady said: "It's the Rachael Factor.

    "On the Flat it's the Frankie Factor but over the jumps the punters just love Rachael. We expect A Plus Tard to go off favourite."

    Minella Indo is again in contention and trainer De Bromhead (above) said: "I think we have them both spot-on for the race.

    "They are ready to go." Gordon Elliott's Galvin will have his fans too aftere pipping A Plus Tard on the line in the Savills Chase in December.

    But despite the hype, cool as a cucumber Blackmore, who was top jockey at last year's Festival and went on to win the Grand National, is only concentrating on the job at hand.

    She said: "What happened last year seems to be fading a bit now.

    "It was great but we have moved on. It's always about the next race.

    "It doesn't matter what race you're in, you're a very lucky person if you get to walk into the winner's enclosure in Cheltenham.

    "I've had so many people who have helped me along the way and where I'm at now is not a position I thought I'd ever be in my career. I feel extremely lucky."

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