The Gold Cup is the headline event of the week at the Cheltenham Festival and this year's renewal is one of the most eagerly anticipated in years.
Last year's winner Galopin Des Champs is a strong favourite to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Al Boum Photo, Best Mate and Arkle by winning successive Gold Cups, but Willie Mullins' superstar is set to have fierce competition.
He was beaten by Fastorslow in the John Durkan on his seasonal reappearance, while connections of L'Homme Presse will be hoping to make up for lost time, especially following his ominous return at Lingfield.
Gerri Colombe was mightily impressive when winning the Champion Chase at Down Royal, while last year's runner-up Bravemansgame could outrun his double-figure price. As for Shiskhin, he has proved to be a classic Jekyll and Hyde competitor for Nicky Henderson, but on his day he is up there with the best.
Here is everything you need to know for the 2024 Cheltenham Gold Cup...
The Gold Cup is the feature race on the final day of the 2024 Cheltenham Festival, which takes place at Prestbury Park on Friday 15th March 2024.
The 2024 Gold Cup is the fourth race of the day and will get underway at 15:30 following the conclusion of the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle.
There are 16 horses that have been entered for the 2024 Gold Cup, with the list set to be confirmed following the final declarations.
You can watch and bet on the 2024 Cheltenham Gold Cup courtesy of the bet365 Horse Racing Live Streaming service.
To watch, you simply need to have a funded account, or to have placed in bet in the last 24 hours.
All Cheltenham racing will also be available on ITV Racing throughout the four days.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious events in the sporting calendar and this year's renewal will be the 100th edition of the race.
The Grade 1 race is run on the New Course at Cheltenham and includes 22 fences over a distance of three miles and two and a half furlongs.
Open to horses aged five years and over, the Gold Cup is the UK's most valuable non-handicap chase and represents a supreme test of pace, stamina and timing.
The most successful horse in the history of the Gold Cup is Golden Miller, who won five times in a row between 1932 and 1936.
Cottage Rake, Arkle and Best Mate all won the race on three occasions.
L'Escargot and Al Boum Photo won back-to-back Gold Cups, while the great Kauto Star is the only horse to regain the Gold Cup after winning in 2019 following Denman's success in 2018.