|Friday 17th January 2020|
2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup Key Contenders
The pinnacle of National hunt racing is the Cheltenham festival, that is continuing to draw ever nearer. It will kick off on the 10th of March before finishing on Gold Cup day on the 13th. Anticipation continues to build ahead of the Gold Cup, which appears to be as competitive as ever, with defending champion Al Boum Photo heading up the betting at a general 4/1. Here we cover a list of the leading contenders at this stage.
Al Boum Photo
The Willie Mullins trained eight year old heads up the betting as is continuing to prove popular for punters using the latest slots comparator offers that are available. The horse has now won three of his last four starts, with his only defeat coming at the hands of Kemboy in the Punchestown Gold Cup last season. In each of his last three starts, he has ran to a mark above 175 that includes a career best 178 in winning the 2019 Gold Cup. If the horse can continue to perform at this level, then he rates the one to beat in the race. A race he won by two and a half lengths last season, providing trainer Willie Mullins with his first Gold Cup victory.
Al Boum Photo wins the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup at @CheltenhamRaces!— ITV Racing (@itvracing) March 15, 2019
The winning-most trainer at the #CheltenhamFestival @WillieMullinsNH wins the Gold Cup for the first time ever! pic.twitter.com/E1QgQuhCDD
Another Willie Mullins horse sitting at the top of the betting is Kemboy. The eight year old is many people’s idea of the winner and was well fancied for the 2019 edition, before unseating David Mullins at the first. Following this fall, he has won two of his three starts that included a breath-taking nine length victory over Clan des Obeaux in a Grade One at Aintree. Following this he landed the Punchestown Gold Cup by two lengths from Al Boum Photo, which proved to be the last start for record breaking jockey, Ruby Walsh. If he can put in a similar display, then he rates a key contender for the Gold Cup in March.
Rest of the field
There are many other live contenders for the race apart from the Willie Mullins pair at the top of the betting. This includes the impressive King George winner Clan Des Obeaux. Trained by Paul Nicholls, he also rates a live contender. Others include the likes of Lostintranslation, Santini, Delta Work and last year’s favourite, Presenting Percy.