Galopin Des Champs is bidding to retain the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup and faces just three rivals in Saturday’s renewal at Leopardstown.
Fastorslow is bidding to upset the apple cart for a third time after getting the better of Willie Mullins’ stable star in the Punchestown Gold Cup and John Durkan last year, however.
Galopin Des Champs’ stablemate I Am Maximus also takes his chance, while 2022 winner Conflated completes the field for Saturday’s 15:35.
Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup odds can be found on the Paddy Power website and Paddy Power app, otherwise key trends from the last 10 renewals and a tip based off the big-race stats are below.
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Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup trends
Nine of the last 10 winners of the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup were aged between seven and nine, which is bad news for those considering backing 10-year-old Conflated.
The last 10 winners had all previously run at Leopardstown, while seven of those had already been successful at the course. The latter stat is a potential concern for Fastorslow fans.
Galopin Des Champs was one of just two winners since 2014 to have had fewer than two runs over a distance of 2m7f to 3m1f when landing last season’s renewal. A total of seven winners in that boasted a previous win over the trip.
Grade 1 form is crucial as eight of the last 10 winners had already scored at the highest level, while only one champion in that period (Edwulf, 2018) had never landed a Graded contest.
LAST TIME OUT
Nine of the last 10 winners were back in action within 47 days of their latest outing, while four headed into the race off the back of a victory.
It is hardly a race for favourites as only two have obliged in the last 10 years, although six winners could be found in the top three in Paddy Power’s betting.
A high-class animal is required to win the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup as six of the last 10 winners were rated 160 or higher. I Am Maximus falls short of this ceiling.
Every winner since 2014 had at least one seasonal run under their hooves, although only four had a win on the board for the campaign.
Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup 2024 trends verdict
While the race has not been kind to favourites over the years, GALOPIN DES CHAMPS defied that trend in 2023 and is backed to emphatically defend his title.
*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widgets, while odds in copy are accurate at time of publishing but subject to change
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