Gold Cup, Ryanair Chase and Champion Chase Entries
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The countdown to the 2022 Cheltenham Festival begins here as entries for the Gold Cup, Ryanair Chase and Champion Chase have been revealed.
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Dated: Friday 18th March
Entries: A Plus Tard, Ahoy Senor, Al Boum Photo, Allaho, Angels Breath, Asterion Forlonge, Aye Right, Carefully Selected, Champ, Chantry House, Chatham Street Lad, Conflated, Delta Work, Eklat de Rire, Fiddlerontheroof, Franco de Port, Galvin, Imperial Aura, Lostintranslation, Melon, Minella Indo, Mister Fisher, Mount Ida, Protektorat, Remastered, Royale Pagaille, Run Wild Fred, Saint Calvados, Santini, Tornado Flyer
The Gold Cup image turned somewhat cloudy over the Christmas season as last season’s winner Minella indo arrested in the King George VI Chase before Tornado flyer triumphed, while Galvin stung See you later to the glory of Savills Chase.
Although he failed to take the lead at Leopardstown, A Plus Tard by Henry de Bromhead, a 2021 finalist, remains the favorite in our early bets of Galvin and Minella Indo.
Photo of Al Boum has made a successful comeback in his traditional seasonal reappearance in Tramore on New Years Day, and our resident jockey turned expert Ruby Walsh believes the two-time Gold Cup winner is capable of regaining his crown.
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Dated: Thursday March 17
Entries: A Plus Tard, Allaho, Asterion Forlonge, Battleoverdoyen, Blackbow, Each Pour Soi, Chatham Street Lad, Cilaos Emery, Conflated, Dashel Drasher, Defi du Seuil, Eldorado Allen, Energumene, Envoi Allen, Fakir d’Oudairies, Pennant d ‘ Estruval, Franco de Port, Funambule Sivola, Fusil Raffles, Hardline, Hitman, Janidil, Lostintranslation, Melon, Midnight Shadow, Mister Fisher, Notebook, Put The Kettle On, Rouge Vif, Royal Rendezvous, Saint Calvados, Samcro, Shan Blue, Simply The Betts, Sizing Pottsie, Tornado Flyer
Allaho was the big winner of last season’s renewal and is the big favorite in our antepost betting market to become a two-time champion. Willie Mullins tried the eight-year-old on the minimum distance at last year’s Punchestown Festival, but Cheveley Park indicated Ryanair Chase was the target after he struck in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.
Fakir D’oudairies was far behind Allaho and could only get a fourth place by opposing in the John Durkan.
Saint-Calvados – second in the 2020 renewal and third in the King George VI Chase from last month in its debut for the Paul Nicholls yard – leads the UK challenge with that of Dan Skelton Shan Blue, who was on course for an impressive victory in the Charlie Hall Chase before a dramatic fall to the penultimate fence.
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Dated: Wednesday March 16
Entries: Allaho, Allmankind, Battleoverdoyen, Captain Guinness, Each For Self, Dunvegan, Editeur du Gite, Energumene, Envoi Allen, First Flow, Funambule Sivola, Greaneteen, Hardline, Hitman, Notebook, Nube Negra, Political scientist, Put The Kettle On, Rouge Vif, Samcro, Royal Seal, Shishkin
There are 22 entries for the Champion Chase, the main race on day two, but it seems like a successful battle between two – Shishkin and Energumene.
Two-time Cheltenham Festival winner Shishkin got off to an exceptional start in open company by marrying Greaneteen in the Desert Orchid Chase, much to Nicky Henderson’s delight. Irish challenger Energumene is five out of five over the fences and is expected to travel to the UK for the Clarence House Chase in Ascot later this month, where the pair could meet for the first time.
Put the kettle on was the 17/2 winner of Champion Chase last season, but Henry de Bromhead’s mare has not been in good shape this season, finishing third in Shloer Chase before being the last home of Grade 3 Mares Chase to Fairyhouse on New Years Day.
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