It is the principle occasion the Cheltenham Pageant builds as much as yearly: the Gold Cup. Run over three miles and two and half furlongs, this well-known race is the last word check of one of the best chasers, requiring extra pace than the Grand Nationwide however nonetheless loads of stamina to make it up that sapping Cheltenham hill. Plus leaping potential to navigate Cheltenham’s 22 fences.
When is it?
The race is on Friday, March 19.
What time is the race?
They go to publish for the marginally earlier begin time of three.05pm this yr. Races are 25 minutes sooner than ordinary as a part of a reworked tv schedule.
What TV channel is it on?
ITV1 may have dwell protection fronted by Ed Chamberlin. For the primary time ever, ITV will broadcast six of the seven every day races dwell as a result of Pageant being staged behind closed doorways. Alternatively, you possibly can bookmark this web page and return on the day to observe the race on our devoted dwell weblog.
What occurred final yr?
Willie Mullins’ Al Boum Picture grew to become the primary horse since Finest Mate to win back-to-back Gold Cups, leaping the final contesting the lead with Lostintranslation and surviving a late rally from robust stayer Santini. Al Boum Picture may match Finest Mate’s tally of three consecutive Gold Cups, becoming a member of an unique membership together with Arkle and Cottage Rake who’ve gained three in a row within the post-Battle period.
Which horses are working?
The ultimate discipline won’t be confirmed till nearer to the race however these are a few of the main contenders we will anticipate to run.
Al Boum Picture: The defending champion. Has had only one run this season – at Tramore on New Yr’s Day – not working at Leopardstown final month, however Mullins mentioned he has acquired by means of some “actually exhausting work from home”.
Champ: Received the RSA Chase in dramatic type finally season’s Pageant, coming with a late cost to make up an eight-length deficit from the final. Has been an unreliable jumper previously, however this division was promisingly sturdy when ending second within the Betfair Recreation Spirit Chase at Newbury. That race is a mile and quarter quick than the Gold Cup, so properly wanting his optimum journey.
A Plus Tard: Received the Christmas characteristic at Leopardstown, during which he proved his stamina for 3 miles with a relentless end to overtake Kemboy and Melon. Will head straight to Cheltenham with out one other race.
Royale Pagaille: Three consecutive wins this season, together with routing the sphere by 16 lengths within the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock. “Lots of people most likely have unfinished enterprise with a race just like the Gold Cup,” mentioned coach Venetia Williams. “Anyway, it’s a bit untimely to be speaking about that race for the time being.”