Cheltenham Festival: Gold Cup, Ryanair Chase and Champion Chase entries revealed

The fields for the big races are starting to take shape.

Galvin v A Plus Tard

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The countdown to the Cheltenham Festival 2022 starts here as entries for the Gold Cup, Ryanair Chase and Champion Chase have been revealed.

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Gold Cup

Date: Friday, March 18
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 picture became somewhat murky over the Christmas period as last season’s winner Minella Indo pulled up in the King George VI Chase before Tornado Flyer triumphed, while Galvin pipped A Plus Tard to Savills Chase glory.

Despite failing to get his head in front at Leopardstown, Henry de Bromhead’s A Plus Tard, the runner up in 2021, remains the favourite in our early betting from Galvin and Minella Indo.

Al Boum Photo made a successful return in his traditional seasonal reappearance at Tramore on New Year’s Day, and our resident jockey-turned-pundit Ruby Walsh thinks the dual Gold Cup winner is capable of regaining his crown.

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Ryanair Chase

Date: Thursday, March 17
Entries: A Plus Tard, Allaho, Asterion Forlonge, Battleoverdoyen, Blackbow, Chacun Pour Soi, Chatham Street Lad, Cilaos Emery, Conflated, Dashel Drasher, Defi du Seuil, Eldorado Allen, Energumene, Envoi Allen, Fakir d’Oudairies, Fanion 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 runaway winner in last season’s renewal and is the hot favourite in our antepost betting market to become a two-time champion. Willie Mullins tried the eight-year-old over the minimum distance at last year’s Punchestown Festival but Cheveley Park have indicated the Ryanair Chase is the target after striking in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase.

Fakir D’oudairies was a distant second to Allaho and could only muster a fourth-place finish when reopposing in the John Durkan.

Saint Calvados – second in the 2020 renewal and third in last month’s King George VI Chase on debut for Paul Nicholls’ yard – heads the British challenge along with Dan Skelton’s Shan Blue, who was on track for an impressive win in the Charlie Hall Chase before a dramatic fall at the third-last fence.

Allaho Rachael Blackmore Ryanair Chase Cheltenham March 18, 2021

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Champion Chase

Date: Wednesday, March 16
Entries: Allaho, Allmankind, Battleoverdoyen, Captain Guinness, Chacun Pour Soi, Dunvegan, Editeur du Gite, Energumene, Envoi Allen, First Flow, Funambule Sivola, Greaneteen, Hardline, Hitman, Notebook, Nube Negra, Politologue, Put The Kettle On, Rouge Vif, Samcro, Sceau Royal, Shishkin

There are 22 entries for the Champion Chase, the feature race on day two, but it looks set to be a blockbuster battle between two – Shishkin and Energumene.

Dual Cheltenham Festival winner Shishkin made an outstanding start to life in open company when blowing away Greaneteen in the Desert Orchid Chase, much to Nicky Henderson’s delight. Irish challenger Energumene is five from five over fences and is set to travel over to the UK for the Clarence House Chase at Ascot later this month, where the pair could meet for the first time.

Put The Kettle On was the 17/2 winner of last season’s Champion Chase but Henry de Bromhead’s mare has been out of form this season, finishing third in the Shloer Chase before being the last home in the Grade 3 Mares Chase at Fairyhouse on New Year’s Day.

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