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Gold Cup odds: Galopin Des Champs favourite to complete a double

The highlight of the Cheltenham Festival comes on Friday afternoon, with the Gold Cup due off at 3:30.

With 12 runners set to go to post, racing fans will be mulling over the form guides as they look to land a winner in the three-mile-two-and-a-half-furlong contest.

Willie Mullins enjoyed success with Galopin Des Champs last year and that pair are back for another crack at the title in 2024.

There are a number of Grade 1 winners though who will feel they can take his crown, with the likes of Fastorslow and Gerri Colombe expected to run big races.

Gold Cup Odds

Galopin Des Champs

After a seven-length win in the 2023 Gold Cup, the eight-year-old’s form since then makes him the one to beat again on Friday.

After defeats to Fastorslow at Punchestown in April and November last year, Galopin Des Champs has bounced back in style in his last two runs.

The Mullins charge claimed a massive 23-length victory over Gerri Colombe in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown in December. He followed that up with revenge over Fastorslow in February’s Irish Gold Cup.

His trainer and jockey - Paul Townend - are both seeking a fourth win in this race.

Fastorslow

This eight-year-old has finished in the top-two in his last four runs and heads to the Cheltenham Festival for the third time.

Fastorslow’s first appearance at Prestbury Park came in 2022, when finishing second in the Coral Cup – beaten a short head by Commander Of Fleet.

Last year, trainer Martin Brassil – looking for his first Gold Cup win – had to settle for a close second again. This time it was Corach Rambler who pipped Fastorslow, in the Ultima Handicap Chase.

Gerri Colombe

This is Gordon Elliott’s only runner in this year’s Cheltenham showpiece, with Jack Kennedy set to be on board Gerri Colombe.

The gelding has won five of his seven races over fences, with four of those victories coming in Grade 1 contests.

Gerri Colombe finished a short-head second to The Real Whacker in last year’s Brown Advisery Novices’ Chase and the eight-year-old has since recorded wins at Aintree and Down Royal.

L’Homme Presse

L’Homme Presse is a horse who has enjoyed Cheltenham success in the past, with two previous victories at the Gloucestershire track.

Having won a Grade 2 Novices’ Chase in January 2022, the nine-year-old then claimed the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase two months later.

The Venetia Williams-charge beat Protektorat at Lingfield in January, before finished second to Pic D’Orhy in the Ascot Chase last month.

Bravemansgame

It’s been 15 years since Paul Nicholls last won the Gold Cup, with Kauto Star, but Bravemansgame offers him a good chance to end that wait.

The nine-year-old hasn’t been in the winner’s enclosure since his King George VI Chase victory at Kempton on Boxing Day 2022.

But this season has seen him record three second-place spots, including finishing one-and-three-quarter-lengths behind Gentlemansgame in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.

Gentlemansgame

This eight-year-old has not been seen on the track since his Charlie Hall Chase win at Wetherby in November.

That was a good performance on soft ground and one of two wins in three races over the bigger fences. No previous appearance at Cheltenham might be a concern for some.

Corach Rambler

Lucinda Russell is another trainer looking for a first Gold Cup victory, with last year’s Grand National winner Corach Rambler eyeing Cheltenham success.

The 10-year-old also claimed success at the Festival last year, with a neck victory over Fastorslow in the Ultima Handicap Chase. This season’s form has been disappointing in comparison.

Monkfish

Another course winner, Willie Mullins’ second string looks to rediscover the type of form that saw him win the Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase in 2021.

The 10-year-old heads to Cheltenham after victory in a Grade 2 Hurdle race at Gowran Park in January.

The Real Whacker

This is a seventh run at Cheltenham for The Real Whacker, although just one of those have come at the Festival.

The winner of the 2023 Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase, trained by Patrick Neville, he prepared for the Gold Cup by finishing second in January’s Cotswold Chase at Prestbury Park.

Nassalam

Gary Moore’s seven-year-old heads to Cheltenham in good form and could run a big race at a big price.

Nassalam, who finished tenth in last year’s Ultima, claimed back-to-back Chepstow victories on heavy ground in December.

Jungle Boogie

Jungle Boogie is poised for his first run in the UK and will have Rachael Blackmore on board for Friday’s big race.

Henry De Bromhead’s second string heads into the big race following a Grade 3 two-mile-seven-furlong win on heavy ground at Tramore.

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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