Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips & Trends For 2024 – Will It Be Back-To-Back Wins For Mullins?

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The Cheltenham Gold Cup stands as the pinnacle event of the Festival, spanning an extended three-and-a-quarter miles.

Open to horses aged five and older, it tests their ability to jump flawlessly, exhibit tactical speed, and endure ample stamina, particularly up the incline towards the finish line.

Even past champions often struggle to replicate their success due to the race’s demanding nature, where errors are swiftly punished.

Given its gruelling pace, familiarity with the course and distance can be advantageous when selecting contenders.

For enthusiasts of statistics, horses aged between seven and nine have dominated recent renewals, claiming victory in nine of the last ten editions.

Long Run stands as the lone winner in recent memory at the youthful age of six, with Cool Dawn being the last ten-year-old champion in 1998.

Favoured runners have enjoyed success, with four of the last ten favourites emerging victorious, alongside four other winners placed within the top three in the betting market.

Over the past two decades, Paul Nicholls has clinched the title three times, while Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins have each secured two victories.

Notably, Irish-trained horses have triumphed in eight of the last ten runnings, underlining their prowess in this prestigious event.

Previous Winners of the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Runners To Watch

Below are our Gold Cup tips and previews for selected runners who hold entries for Boodles Gold Cup 2024.

Karl Hedley provides some recent form notes to help point you in the right direction of identifying the winner.

BRAVEMANSGAME – PAUL NICHOLLS & HARRY COBDEN

Bravemansgame had a straightforward victory in the King George last winter after L’Homme Presse’s mishap at the final fence.

However, he failed to match Galopin Des Champs’ pace in the subsequent race, and despite excuses in later races, he’s unlikely to clinch a win.

CORACH RAMBLER – LUCINDA RUSSELL & DEREK FOX

Corach Rambler has a unique style but boasts impeccable spring form, winning the Ultima in 2022 and 2023 and the Grand National in impressive fashion last April.

His true potential remains uncharted, and a late surge wouldn’t be surprising.

FASTORSLOW – MARTIN BRASSIL & JJ SLEVIN

Fastorslow, a natural jumper, almost triumphed over Corach Rambler in the Ultima last March.

His strong performance in subsequent races indicates a chance for revenge after wind surgery, especially over longer distances.

GALOPIN DES CHAMPS – WILLIE MULLINS & PAUL TOWNEND

Galopin Des Champs, though erratic in jumping, triumphed over Bravemansgame in this race last year.

Despite two losses to Fastorslow, his recent form suggests he’ll be formidable competition.

GENTLEMANSGAME – MOUSE MORRIS & DARRAGH O’KEEFFE

Gentlemansgame, transitioning from hurdling to chasing, showed promise by defeating Bravemansgame at Wetherby.

Further improvement is needed for this top-level challenge, but recent performances hint at potential.

GERRI COLOMBE – GORDON ELLIOTT & JACK KENNEDY

Gerri Colombe, a former Grade 1 novice winner, struggled against Galopin Des Champs at Leopardstown.

However, this race’s demanding nature might narrow the gap between them. He was so unlucky at this meeting last year when failing to catch The Real Whacker.

He is lightly raced this year and could have a big run in him.

JUNGLE BOOGIE – HENRY DE BROMHEAD & RACHAEL BLACKMORE

Jungle Boogie, with limited runs, lacks the credentials for this task despite potential shown in a Grade 3 win.

Although the ground will be in his favour, everything else is not. He has it all to prove.

L’HOMME PRESSE – VENETIA WILLIAMS & CHARLIE DEUTSCH

L’Homme Presse, winner of multiple chases, faces uncertainty over his ability to handle the longer distance against elite competition.

His stamina may well just give way when push comes to shove and this is the toughest test of his career.

MONKFISH – WILLIE MULLINS & PADDY MULLINS

Monkfish, unbeaten at the Festival, faces challenges due to injuries and an interrupted schedule.

He has required a lot time off but retains potential for a noteworthy performance.

It would not be the biggest shock in the world to see him run well in the circumstances.

NASSALAM – GARY MOORE & NIALL HOULIHAN

Nassalam’s success in blinkers suggests promise, especially in deep ground, but he must prove himself in other conditions.

He won on bottomless ground when taking the Welsh Grand National and if the rain sets in here, he could be dangerous if allowed an easy lead.

THE REAL WHACKER – PATRICK NEVILLE & SAM TWISTON-DAVIES

The Real Whacker, a front-runner, faces an uphill battle after recent losses and is unlikely to contend in this race, despite his crowning glory at this meeting last season.

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2024 Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips & Key Trends

This Gold Cup epitomizes top-tier competition. Just a year ago, doubts lingered over GALOPIN DES CHAMPS‘ endurance, but as he cleared the final fence, he surged past Bravemansgame with determination.

While his journey hasn’t always been smooth, his recent victory over Gerri Colombe showcased his brilliance, followed by a satisfying revenge over Fastorslow at Leopardstown.

Despite Fastorslow’s resilience post-wind surgery, Corach Rambler emerges as a dark horse, boasting unexplored potential in longer distances, especially after defeating Fastorslow here last March.

Nassalam’s impressive win at the Welsh National signifies his newfound prowess, particularly on soft ground, while L’Homme Presse must prove his stamina at this elite level.

Bravemansgame, though not favoured to win due to his stamina limitations, is expected to deliver his trademark honest performance.

Meanwhile, Gentlemansgame still holds promise in staying races, suggesting a potential contender.

Key Trends

  • 21 of the past 24 winners had 12 chase starts or less
  • 19 of the 23 winners this century had won or placed at the festival previously
  • Every winner this century spent just one season hurdling
  • 13 of the past 22 winners had won a Graded novice hurdle up to two-and-a-half miles.
  • Placed horses from the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle are 6-7 this century

Odds With Betfred – correct at time of publication

    • EVS Galopin Des Champs
    • 6/1 Gerri Colombe
    • 8/1 Factorslow
    • 12/1 L’Homme Presse
    • 14/1 Corach Rambler
    • 16/1 Nassalam
    • 18/1 Monkfish
    • 18/1 Bravemansgame
    • 22/1 Jungle Boogie
    • 25/1 Gentlemansgame
    • 33/1 The Real Whacker



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