Winter Care click here!  Stallions click here!   Show Previews click here!     

Join Our Mailing List!

Sign up to get interesting news
delivered FREE to your inbox.  

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Al Boum Photo Favorite for Third Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the prestige steeplechases run across the pond in the UK and Ireland, and Al Boum Photo is the defending champ.

Picture1In fact, the Irish-trained gelding by Buck’s Boum is part of an elite club. Al Boum Photo is one of only eight horses to have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup on multiple occasions.

That puts him in company with Kauto Star, Best Mate, L’Escargot, Arkle, Cottage Rake, Golden Miller and Easter Hero.

Some of these horses from yesteryear are so famous that they have races named after them.

Al Boum Photo has some way to go to match what Golden Miller did way back in the 1930s.

Five Cheltenham Gold Cup wins might be the stuff of fantasy, but going level with Arkle, Best Mate and Cottage Rake by completing a hat-trick is within reach, according to the betting.

The futures market on the 2021 Gold Cup says Al Boum Photo is the horse to beat and he’s made favorite.

You can be sure that plenty of Cheltenham Festival betting offers will involve this horse again this year.

 

TRAINER Willie Mullins has always campaigned Al Boum Photo carefully.

All temptation to over-race him has been resisted, and he’s gone in the same prep race en route to the Cheltenham Gold Cup yet again this year.

Most of the opposition is familiar too.

The ones that aren’t and rate as dangers in the betting represent the Henry De Bromhead stable.

A Plus Tard and Minella Indo had varying fortunes when taking part in the Savills Chase over Christmas in Ireland.

This season’s race could be one of the key guides to the Cheltenham Gold Cup when considering other Irish horses.

While Minella Indo made it no further than the eighth fence, A Plus Tard powered home from the last and overhauled Kemboy in the final strides.

It was another big race win for owners Cheveley Park Stud, who are best known for their Flat thoroughbred racehorses but in recent years have really kicked their interest in jumpers up a notch.

Other contenders like Delta Work and Presenting Percy either didn’t complete or disappointed.

Al Boum Photo shouldn’t be losing sleep over the competition on his side of the Irish Sea.

Picture2It’s just a matter of who the main British hope is for the Cheltenham Gold Cup this season.

Last year’s runner-up Santini has disappointed on both of his starts to date, while Nicky Henderson stable companion Champ hasn’t had a race since the Festival.

That leaves surprise King George VI Chase hero Frodon, who has a great record at Cheltenham, and an improving dark horse who may just have the Gold Cup on his radar.

Royale Pagaille has Rich and Susannah Ricci for owners.

They send most of their horses to be trained with Mullins, but this one went to Venetia Williams and has defied the handicapper in scintillating style with victories at Kempton and Haydock.

It may take something completely from left-field such as Royale Pagaille to stop Al Boum Photo hitting his hat-trick.

The Horse of Delaware Valley

Editor: Sara Cavanagh
editor@thehorseofdelawarevalley.com
610-793-1964

Advertising Director: Ginny Jenkins
advertising@thehorseofdelawarevalley.com
610-873-4042

Marketing Manager: Heather Mullen
484-639-7000

Since 1980

facebook200

Monthly Advertising Themes

 

  • March
    Spring/Summer Show Previews, Barns & Equipment
  • April
    All Natural Products & Services, Spring/Summer Show Previews, Barns & Equipment
  • May
    All Natural Products & Services, Equine Vets & Caregivers
  • June
    Equine Vets & Caregivers, Pets & Pet Supplies, & Footing and Fencing
  • July
    Pets & Pet Supplies, Footing & Fencing, & Equine Education & Colleges
  • August
    Fall Show Previews, Equine Education & Colleges, Equine Insurance, Legal & Accounting
  • September
    Fall Show Previews, Equine Feed & Supplies, Equine Insurance, Legal, & Accounting
  • October
    Trailers & Equine Transportation, Equine Feed & Supplies
  • November
    Holiday Gift Guide, Trailers & Equine Transportation
  • December
    Stallions & Breeding, Gift Guide
  • January
    Stallions & Breeding, Photo Contest & Winter Care
  • February
    Barns & Equipment, Photo Contest

Click here for more Information.

HODV27 SignUp 200x200