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Who wins Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021?

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Who will win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 kicks off on Tuesday, 16 March at the famed Cheltenham Racecourse. The four-day event will bring together some of the biggest names in jumps horse racing. The 2021 edition of the Cheltenham Gold Cup will payout £625,000 to competitors, making it one of the richest races in the United Kingdom.

The three-mile, four-furlough race was won by Willie Mullins’ Al Boum Photo in each of the last two runnings. Paul Townend rode Al Boum Photo to glory in 2019 at 12/1 odds while last year’s antepost race odds had the horse at 7/2 to win.

Al Boum Photo will be back this year in search of a third successive win at the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Mullins’ prized horse will have his work cut out for him. The likes of Kemboy, Delta Work, and Native River are all expected to run and could throw a spanner in the works for Al Boum Photo’s three-peat.

Al Boum Photo

Mullins’ horse started off 2021 in style by winning a third straight New Year’s Day Chase. In each of the last two years, winning the race on New Year’s Day was the catalyst to beating the competition in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Since winning at Cheltenham Racecourse last year, Al Boum Photo has raced sparingly. In fact, his only outing was that win at Tramore in January of this year. Leading sportsbooks have Al Boum Photo listed as their favourite to win the race at odds of 5.00. A win in March would pull Al Boum Photo within two Cheltenham Gold Cup victories of Golden Miller’s record of five all-time.

Minella Indo

Trained by leading Irish trainer Henry De Bromhead, Minella Indo is one of the favourites to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 that isn’t named Al Boum Photo. At the 2020 edition of the four-day Cheltenham event, Minella Indo finished as runner-up in the Novices’ Chase. De Bromhead will take the step up this year to the Gold Cup, a race that Minella Indo has not competed in previously. Jockey Rachel Blackmore has been Minella Indo’s main rider over the years. She has ridden the horse in the last nine races, claiming five victories. Minella Indo last tasted victory at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2019. Blackmore rode the horse to the winner’s circle in the Novices' Hurdle. Minella Indo goes into the race at odds of 8.50 to win.

A-Plus Tard

Another horse trained by De Bromhead, A-Plus Tard heads into the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021 at odds of 9.00 to claim a victory. The seven-year-old is coming off of a brilliant post-Christmas win in the Savills Chase by out sprinting fellow Gold Cup entrant Kemboy. A-Plus Tard will make the step up to the Gold Cup this year after winning in the Novices' Handicap Chase in 2019 and finishing third in Ryanair Chase last year.

While Al Boum Photo, Minella Indo, and A-Plus Tard are leading sportsbooks’ favourites to win, it is not a foregone conclusion that any of the three will race to victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2021. Santini, Kemboy, and Champ are all highly regarded horses that will attract plenty of action from punters. If Al Boum Photo can pull off a third straight win, it will be something very special at Cheltenham.