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Cheltenham Festival 2024 LIVE! Gold Cup results, updates and winners as Galopin Des Champs goes back-to-back

Cheltenham Festival 2024 LIVE!

Galopin Des Champs gave Willie Mullins back-to-back victories in the Gold Cup with a dominant run. It has already been a historic Festival for Mullins, who earlier this week secured a remarkable 100th win at the Festival, and has capped another special week in style. His eight-year-old stayer is just the ninth dual-winner of the 100-year-old race and only the second of the modern era after Al Boum Photo - another Mullins horse - in 2019 and 2020. Galopin Des Champs stormed away from Gerri Colombe up the hill.

It was Mullins’ third win of the day, and his 102nd in the Festival, after a perfect start to Friday at Cheltenham Festival. The Irish trainer now has nine winners this week, after Majborough took the Triumph Hurdle and Absurde then won a County Handicap Hurdle.

The Albert Bartlett was a thrilling race, as Harry Redknapp’s The Jukebox Man was pipped on the line by Stellar Story. Later today, The Hunters’ Chase Mares’ Chase and the Martin Pipe finale wrap up the biggest week in horse racing. Follow all the drama, results and latest tips from the 2024 Cheltenham Festival LIVE below!

Cheltenham Festival latest news

  • Sine Nomine clinches St James Place Hunter's Chase

  • Galopin Des Champs wins Gold Cup again

  • Stellar Story snatches victory in Albert Bartlett

  • Absurde takes thrilling County Handicap Hurdle

  • Majborough wins the Triumph Hurdle for Mullins

  • How to watch the Cheltenham Festival

17:46 , Alex Young

And that is it for our Cheltenham Festival coverage.

You can read back every result across all four days here.

Martin Pipe result

17:40 , Alex Young

It’s an Irish 1-2-3!

1 Better Days Ahead

2 Waterford Whispers

3 Quai De Bourbon

Martin Pipe

17:29 , Alex Young

Here we go for the 28th and final race of the Festival!

17:27 , Alex Young

Almost time for the finale. This one looks fairly wide open with 21 runners.

Latest odds: Whisper has it Waterford Whispers is the one

17:14 , Alex Young

Waterford Whispers: 16/5

Quai De Bourbon: 15/4

Better Days Ahead: 11/2

Ocastle Des Mottes: 15/2

Answer To Kayf: 9/1

No Ordinary Joe: 12/1

Sonigino: 16/1

Yeats Star: 16/1

Mel Monroe: 22/1

Jay Jay Reilly: 30/1

Sequestered: 30/1

Bingoo: 30/1

Angels Breath: 40/1

Jason The Militant: 66/1

Magic Tricks: 90/1

Hollow Games: 90/1

Shared: 90/1

Russian Ruler: 90/1

Stuzzikini: 110/1

(Odds subject to change)

17:30 - Martin Pipe

17:07 , Alex Young

Tip - Waterford Whisperers

Waterford Whisperers has come back stronger after seven months off and was well suited to an increase in distance when he won at Fairyhouse on December 2 last year.

He improved further with a runners-up spot on a Handicap hurdle at Leopardstown later that month and showed he's capable of more.

Martin Pipe to come

17:04 , Alex Young

Time for one more?

Mares Chase result

17:00 , Alex Young

1 Limerick Lace 3/1 Keith Donoghue

2 Dinoblue 15/8 Mark Walsh

3 Marsh Wren 28/1 Ciaran Gethings

Mares Chase result

16:57 , Alex Young

Limerick Lace holds off stablemate Dinoblue to win!

Mares Chase

16:51 , Alex Young

Up and running!

16:47 , Alex Young

Late support for Allegorie De Vassy ahead of the off. A few minutes away as the ran starts to come down.

Latest odds: Lumping on Dinoblue

16:41 , Alex Young

There has been support for Limerick Lace all day but Dinoblue has been the favourite since the market opened.

Dinoblue: 13/8

Allegorie De Vassy: 3/1

Limerick Lace: 7/2

Riviere D'etel: 11/2

Pink Legend: 22/1

Marsh Wren: 22/1

Instit: 28/1

Harmonya Maker: 40/1

Kestrel Valley: 40/1

(Odds subject to change)

16:50 - Mares' Chase

16:34 , Alex Young

Tip - Dinoblue

This outstanding mare came second to El Fabiolo at Leopardstown last month but was six lengths ahead of Tuesday's Champion Chase winner Captain Guinness.

She will be carrying more weight than the rest of the field but this Grade 2 race should be no issue and her quality should bring her through to win.

Hunters Chase finale

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By the bow of the head!

Winning jockey John Dawson to ITV Sport

16:26 , Alex Young

“Just a phenomenal buzz. She's a lovely mare. She's come through and progressed all the time. We all believe in her. We're chuffed."

St James Place Festival Hunter's Chase result

16:22 , Alex Young

1 Sine Nomine 8/1 John Dawson

2 Its On The Line 11/8 Derek O'Connor

3 Time Leader 50/1 Toby McCain-Mitchell

Sine Nomine wins the St James Place Festival Hunter's Chase!

16:19 , Alex Young

Its On The Line pipped on the line!

Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase

16:11 , Alex Young

Three more races to go... and we’re off after a bit of messing around with Ferns Lock.

Latest odds: Money is on the line with Its On The Line

16:02 , Alex Young

This appears to be a battle between the top two in the market, with our tipster going for the third.

Its On The Line: 11/8

Ferns Lock: 3/1

Billaway: 11/2

Premier Magic: 6/1

Sine Nomine: 9/1

Samcro: 20/1

Quintins Man: 30/1

Time Leader: 40/1

Shantou Flyer: 50/1

Django: 70/1

Ramillies: 100/1

From The Heart: 150/1

(Odds subject to change.)

16:10: Hunter's Chase

15:56 , Alex Young

Tip - Billaway

This horse is making his fifth appearance in this event - he won in 2022 and was runner-up in two.

He still retains most of his ability and was only beaten by a head at Naas on February 10 by On The Line, who has had three wins on the bounce.

Three-peat?

15:51 , Alex Young

It's some atmosphere at the winners' enclosure as Galopin Des Champs and Paul Townend enter. Incredible.

Speaking to ITV Sport, Willie Mullins has not ruled out going for the Gold Cup three-peat next year with Galopin Des Champs.

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Jockey Paul Townend on his FOURTH Gold Cup

15:46 , Alex Young

"Unbelievable. We had to go through his reserves.

"I rode him completely different to last year and he was so brave for me. I was afraid we didn't have enough but it's the Gold Cup so we had to go for it.

"What makes him a champion? His heart probably. We had to go through reserves which only special horses have."

Special horse!

15:40 , Matt Verri

Fastorslow, having unseated J J Slevin, was really the biggest threat to Galopin Des Champs.

In a class of his own.

Galopin Des Champs wins the Gold Cup!

15:38 , Matt Verri

Back-to-back!

That was never really in doubt with about three to jump. Cruises to victory, ahead of Gerri Colombe.

Corach Rambler came on strong after a very slow start, finishes third. L’Homme Presse fourth.

15:37 , Matt Verri

Galopin Des Champs strides to the front as they approach the last!

15:36 , Matt Verri

Loose horse is right in front of Galopin Des Champs, an extra factor for Townend to contend with.

L’Homme Presse to the front, loose horse is causing a problem as they turn for home.

15:36 , Matt Verri

Fastorslow is out - JJ Slevin is off!

It’s there for most of the field with four to jump, very bunched.

Galopin Des Champs continues to travel well in third.

15:34 , Matt Verri

Bravemansgame has moved up, alongside Galopin Des Champs now at the halfway stage.

Corach Rambler a couple of lengths off the back of the pack.

15:33 , Matt Verri

Corach Rambler at the back of the pack, but they’re all safely over with 13 to go.

It’s as you were at the front - Galopin Des Champs and L’Homme Presse behind The Real Whacker.

15:31 , Matt Verri

The Real Whacker straight to the front.

Galopin Des Champs right up with the pace in the early stages too, sitting in third.

They're off!

15:30 , Matt Verri

Away in the 100th Cheltenham Gold Cup!

15:28 , Matt Verri

They’re on their way down to post. Bravemansgame went early.

It’s time for the Cheltenham Gold Cup!

Here we go!

15:26 , Matt Verri

Time for the parade in front of the grandstand.

Weather at Cheltenham now as good as it’s been all week - the sun is out at long last!

All eyes on Galopin Des Champs!

15:21 , Matt Verri

Nice and relaxed in the paddock, as you’d expect...

Latest odds: Galopin Des Champs the one to beat

15:15 , Matt Verri

Just under 15 minutes to go until the main event.

Here’s how the market is looking - punters firmly behind last year’s winner.

Galopin Des Champs - 5/6

Gerri Colombe - 13/2

Fastorslow - 15/2

L”Homme Presse - 12/1

Bravemansgame - 16/1

Corach Rambler - 16/1

18/1 Bar

Gold Cup odds via BoyleSports.

15:30: Cheltenham Gold Cup

15:09 , Matt Verri

Tip - Galopin Des Champs

It would have been the perfect ending to the Cinderella story of Hewick to come through for Shark Hanlon at the Gold Cup, but yesterday he decided the going was too soft for his nine-year-old gelding.

Hot favourite Galopin des Champs has suffered a couple of defeats at Punchestown but beat Fastorslow by 4 1/2 lengths in the Irish Gold Cup, it's hard to see any outcome other than another Gold Cup win for the Willie Mullins horse.

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Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle result

15:00 , Matt Verri

Harry Redknapp will be gutted - he was so, so close to a second Cheltenham winner of the week.

1 - Stellar Story

2 - The Jukebox Man

3 - Dancing City

Stellar Story wins the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle!

14:58 , Matt Verri

Thrilling finish!

The Jukebox Man led for the entire three miles... until the last stride.

Stellar Story stormed up the hill and made up a huge gap to snatch victory.

14:57 , Matt Verri

Readin Tommy Wrong is well-beaten - basically last.

The Jukebox Man is charging away towards the last hurdle...

14:55 , Matt Verri

Still The Jukebox Man, but he’s come back to the pack as it quickens up.

Readin Tommy Wrong starting to move up, in sixth or seventh with five to jump.

14:54 , Matt Verri

The Jukebox Man leading them round, not a huge amount of pace in the race so far.

Pack all very bunched, about five lengths behind the leader.

They're off!

14:51 , Matt Verri

Up and running in the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle!

Sir Alex denied!

14:43 , Matt Verri

There were two Cheltenham winners for Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday, but not to be today.

L’Eau Du Sud looked the one to beat as they jumped the last in the County Handicap Hurdle, before Absurde appeared on the scene.

Latest odds: Mullins hat-trick?

14:35 , Matt Verri

Two wins so far today for Willie Mullins and he’s well placed to make that three.

Paul Townend rides the favourite in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle - Readin Tommy Wrong the one to beat.

Here are the latest odds for you...

Readin Tommy Wrong – 2/1

Gidleigh Park – 4/1

Captain Teague – 7/1

Dancing City – 15/2

Chigorin – 10/1

High Class Hero – 10/1

Bar 11/1

Odds via SkyBet

14.50: Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle:

14:30 , Matt Verri

Tip - Readin Tommy Wrong

Yet another phenomenal horse from Willie Mullins' yard. Back to back wins this season, the last victory was in the Grade 1 Lawlor's race at Naas and he benefited enormously from the step up to 2m4f. Came from last to first that day.

He makes the odd mistake with the hurdles but that will improve with experience

Townend reflects on latest win...

14:24 , Matt Verri

That’s five wins for the week for Paul Townend.

Big smiles after this one, as Absurde came charging through the pack.

County Handicap Hurdle

14:18 , Matt Verri

1 Absurde 12-1

2 L'Eau Du Sud 7-2

3 Pied Piper 14-1

4 Magical Zoe 8-1

5 Afadil 40-1

Absurde wins the County Handicap Hurdle!

14:16 , Matt Verri

Paul Townend, Willie Mullins... a familiar story!

14:13 , Matt Verri

Afadil has a three length lead basically from the start.

Zenta and Media Naranja settle in behind. Petit Tonnerre in fourth.

They're off!

14:11 , Matt Verri

Away in the County Handicap Hurdle!

14:07 , Matt Verri

Michael O'Leary has been speaking ahead of this race, asked about the chances of his horse King of Kingsfield.

Fair to say he’s not hugely optimistic - says the ground has probably gone and yesterday’s rain ended their chances.

We shall see.

14.10: BetMGM County Handicap Hurdle

14:01 , Matt Verri

Tip - So Scottish E/W

This seven-year-old gelding was fourth last time out in a valuable handicap at Leopardstown and in his penultimate start was going well here before falling four out.

Many will think this horse's best days are behind him and his 2022 season was strong with three consecutive wins. He remains well weighted for today's race and, with bookmakers offering between five and seven places, offers value.

Latest odds: Plenty with chances

13:53 , Matt Verri

On we go...

Let’s take a look at the latest odds for our next race, the County Handicap Hurdle.

L’Eau Du Sud - 10/3

So Scottish - 9/2

King Of Kingsfield - 11/2

Faivoir - 15/2

Zenta - 17/2

Magical Zoe - 9/1

Petit Tonerre - 11/1

Bialystok - 11/1

Risk Belle - 11/1

Odds via Irish Racing

Another winner for Walsh!

13:43 , Matt Verri

Perfect start to the day for Mark Walsh...

Triumph Hurdle result

13:38 , Matt Verri

1 Majborough 6-1

2 Kargese 4-1

3 Salver 10-1

13:37 , Matt Verri

“I thought he would be favourite - he was my pick for the race,” Willie Mullins says.

Few punters wishing the trainer had shared those thoughts about 15 minutes ago...

Majborough wins the Triumph Hurdle!

13:35 , Matt Verri

Took the last with Kargese, and was too strong on the run up the hill.

Mark Walsh wins it for Willie Mullins.

13:34 , Matt Verri

That pair have been caught, it’s Kargese moving up.

Travelling well as they approach the last.

13:33 , Matt Verri

Ithaca’s Arrow and Salver have moved five lengths clear with two to go.

Nobody has gone with them yet...

13:32 , Matt Verri

Fratas as the front of the pack, pretty much all of Mullins’ horses are together in midfield.

Fairly bunched with three to jump.

They're off!

13:30 , Matt Verri

Away in the JCB Triumph Hurdle!

13:28 , Matt Verri

Horses are on their way up to the start line.

Hard not to feel that it’s just a question of what order the Mullins horses finish in...

Townend looks to edge ahead

13:23 , Matt Verri

Storm Heart the favourite in today’s opener.

Paul Townend rides him, looking for a fifth winner of the Festival.

He’s currently level with Harry Skelton on four.

13.30: JCB Triumph Hurdle:

13:17 , Matt Verri

Tip - Highwind E/W

Made a mistake four out in last run out at Leopardstown, which put this four-year-old gelding out of contention, but even with a lack of fluency at Punchestown on January 15 he still managed to win because Highwind is a real fighter.

Good value going into this race and with bookies offering four places, it's well worth an E/W punt. 

Ton up!

13:11 , Matt Verri

Particularly special day, with this being the 100th year of the Gold Cup.

Can expect plenty of celebrations throughout the day, regardless of who comes out on top at 3:30pm.

Latest odds: Mullins set for opening winner?

13:01 , Matt Verri

Time to turn our attention to the opening race of the day, the JCB Triumph Hurdle.

Willie Mullins with four big chances - Storm Heart, Kargese, Bunting and Majborough all well-fancied.

Here are some odds for you...

Storm Heart - 4/1

Majborough - 9/2

Nurburgring - 6/1

Kargese - 11/2

Bunting - 15/2

Salver - 8/1

Salvator Mundi - 9/1

18/1 Bar

Odds via DAZN Bet.

Blackmore hopeful of big Gold Cup run

12:47 , Matt Verri

Not much love from punters for Jungle Boogie in the Gold Cup, but you can never write off that Rachael Blackmore - Henry de Bromhead partnership.

“He showed a great attitude last time at Tramore on New Year's Day in the Savills Chase over two miles and seven furlongs, he rallied well after he was headed by Classic Getaway to get back up and win by a length,” Blackmore told Betfair as she discussed Jungle Boogie’s chances.

“He is 10-years-old now, but he is very lightly raced, he has raced just five times under all codes.

“He has been in good form at home, the soft ground will suit him and I hope that he can run a big race.”

 (Adam Davy/PA Wire)
(Adam Davy/PA Wire)

Latest odds for Gold Cup

12:38 , Matt Verri

Let’s have a look at today’s feature race.

No surprise to see Galopin Des Champs at the top of the market, but Fastorslow and Gerri Golombe are among the runners that also look to have a real chance.

  • Galopin Des Champs – 10/11

  • Gerri Colombe – 6-1

  • Fastorslow – 7-1

  • L'Homme Presse – 12-1

  • Bravemansgame - 14/1

  • Nassalam – 14-1

  • Corach Rambler – 16-1

  • Jungle Boogie – 18-1

  • Monkfish - 18/1

  • Gentlemansgame – 25-1

  • The Real Whacker – 33-1

 (David Davies for The Jockey Club/PA Wire)
(David Davies for The Jockey Club/PA Wire)

Today's runners...

12:24 , Matt Verri

1.30pm: Triumph Hurdle - Bunting, Ethical Diamond, Highwind, Ithaca’s Arrow, Majoborough, Mighty Bandit, Nurburging, Peking Opera, Salvator Mundi, Salver, Storm Heart, Fratas, Kargese

2.10pm - County Hanidcap Hurdle - Pied Piper, Zenta, Magical Zoe, Enanto Bruno, Hansard, King of Kingsfield, Westport Cove, Absurde, Risk Belle, Acuunrisque, Gin Coco, Petit Tonnerre, Faivor, L’eau Du Sud, So Scottish, Paramount, Samui, Mr Freedom, By Your Side, Afadil, Media Naranja

2.50pm - Novices’ Hurdle - Butcher Hollow, Captain Teague, Chigorin, Dancing City, Dripsey Moon, Gidleigh Park, High Class Hero, Johnnywho, Lecky Watson, Readin Tommy Wrong, Spread Boss Ted, Stellar Story, The Juekbox Man

3.30pm - Cheltenham Gold Cup - Bravesmansgame, Corach Rambler, Fastorslow, Galopin Des Champs, Gentlemansgame, Gerri Colombie, Jungle Boogie, L’Homme Presse, Monkfish, Nassalam, The Real Whacker

4.10pm - Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Chase - Billaway, D’Jango, Ferns Lock, From The Heart, Its On The Line, Premier Magic, Quintin’s Man, Ramillies, Samcro, Shantou Flyer, Time Leader, Sine Nomine

4.50pm - Mares’ Chase - Dinoblue, Allegorie De Vassy, Harmonya Maker, Brides Hill, Carole’s Pass, Instit, Kestrel Valley, Limerick Lace, Marsh Wren, Pink Legend, Riviere D’etel

5.30pm - Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle - Magic Tricks, Hollow Games, Sonigino, No Ordinary Joe, Quai De Bourboun, Better Days Ahead, Jay Jay Reily, Yeats Star, Answer To Kayf, What’s Up Darling, Angels Breath, Stuzzikini, Waterford Whispers, Ocastle Des Mottes, Sequestered, Teddy Blue, Mel Monroe, Bingoo, Fiveonfive, Thanksforthehelp, Shared, Jason The Militant, Russian Ruler

A year ago...

12:10 , Matt Verri

Just over an hour until we get up and running on the final day of the Festival.

Plenty of time then to reflect on last year’s Gold Cup, when Galopin Des Champs roared away from Bravemansgame after taking the last together.

Mullins on Gold Cup chances

11:56 , Matt Verri

Willie Mullins has been discussing his runners in the Gold Cup.

Galopin Des Champs the defending champion and favourite - Mullins is in confident mood.

“He comes here in good order and has had a great season so far,” the trainer told Sporting Life.

“Everything has gone well with him over at Cheltenham this week and it’s just a case of keeping our fingers crossed that everything goes right on the day.”

On Monkfish’s chances, Mullins added: “The ground has come around his way as well and I’m very happy to let him take his chance.

“If he can return to anything like his novice form over fences it should put him into the frame.”

 (David Davies for The Jockey Club/PA Wire)
(David Davies for The Jockey Club/PA Wire)

Latest on Cheltenham conditions

11:40 , Matt Verri

It’s currently dry at the course, but there has been plenty of rain over the last 24 hours.

No surprise that it’s heavy going on the hurdle course.

Prestbury Cup update

11:27 , Matt Verri

It has been a better couple of days for Great Britain in the Prestbury Cup.

Ireland won six of the seven races on Tuesday, but their lead has been cut since then... 12-8 heading into the final day.

Not a particularly brave prediction to suggest they will still come out on top after today!

Eventful day at the Festival!

11:13 , Matt Verri

Miss yesterday’s action at Cheltenham?

You’re in luck. Plenty of time to catch up on all the best bits, as Harry Redknapp and Sir Alex Ferguson stole the show.

Nicholls: Bravemansgame in top order

10:58 , Matt Verri

Can Bravemansgame spoil the Galopin Des Champs party in today’s big race?

It’s a big ask for the horse that came second 12 months ago, but trainer Paul Nicholls is in bullish mood.

“He is back for another crack at the Gold Cup after chasing home Galopin des Champs a year ago which was a brilliant effort,” Nicholls told Betfair.

“I expect him to be in the shake up again and drying ground would help. Good to soft would be perfect for him.

“I don't think we had Bravemansgame at his best in the first part of the season when his programme didn't work out as I'd have liked.

“But he has turned a corner since then, I've freshened him up and we have him right where he wants to be now. He worked great at Kempton recently and returns to Cheltenham in top order.”

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(PA)

3:30pm - Cheltenham Gold Cup

10:47 , Matt Verri

Paul O’Briens tip: Galopin Des Champs

It would have been the perfect ending to the Cinderella story of Hewick to come through for Shark Hanlon at the Gold Cup, but yesterday he decided the going was too soft for his nine-year-old gelding.

Hot favourite Galopin Des Champs has suffered a couple of defeats at Punchestown but beat Fastorslow by 4 1/2 lengths in the Irish Gold Cup.

It's hard to see any outcome other than another Gold Cup win for the Willie Mullins horse.

Mullins on top again

10:34 , Matt Verri

Only three trainers have had more than one winner so far this week.

Willie Mullins didn’t have any yesterday, but he still sits top of the pile with six, having brought up his Cheltenham century on Wednesday.

The Skelton yard are having a brilliant week.

Willie Mullins – 6

Dan Skelton – 4

Henry De Bromhead – 2

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All to play for in the top jockey standings!

10:20 , Matt Verri

Paul Townend made a flying start to the week, but he has work to do if he is to take the top jockey title for the third year in a row.

Harry Skelton has drawn level - Townend still the favourite though with the rides he has today

Paul Townend – 4

Harry Skelton – 4

Rachael Blackmore – 2

Derek O’Connor – 2

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(Action Images via Reuters)

Football dominance on Day 3

10:04 , Matt Verri

It was a day to remember for Sir Alex Ferguson and Harry Redknapp.

Monmiral and Protektorat won in quick succession yesterday, giving Ferguson a sensational double at Prestbury Park.

"I've waited 20 years and now had two winners in 40 minutes," said Ferguson.

And Redknapp was also in the Winners’ Enclosure.

Shakem Up'Arry, owned by the former Tottenham boss, took the TrustATrader Plate Handicap Chase, as Redknapp enjoyed his first Festivall winner.

 (Mike Egerton/PA Wire)
(Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

Painful week for Henderson

09:51 , Matt Verri

Nicky Henderson has had a nightmare few days.

Having been forced to pull out Constitution Hill before the Festival, the trainer has withdrawn a number of his horses throughout the week, due to the problems evidently affecting the yard.

Shishkin will not run in the Gold Cup, while Sir Gino misses out on the Triumph Hurdle.

The main man is here!

09:41 , Matt Verri

Galopin Des Champs has arrived at Prestbury Park.

Al Boum Photo went back-to-back for Willie Mullins in 2019 and 2020 - can Galopin Des Champs do the same?

Galopin Des Champs can cement legacy

09:31 , Matt Verri

Willie Mullins has already reached a century of winners at the Cheltenham Festival. How dearly he would love to add the Gold Cup to his roll call in what is the event’s centenary year.

Galopin Des Champs, the superstar winner of last year’s edition, returns to Prestbury Park as a warm favourite to join an exclusive list of back-to-back Gold Cup winners, alongside such greats as Arkle, Golden Miller, Best Mate and L’Escargot.

If victory for Mullins’s runner 12 months ago was in part about redemption, coming a year after he had gone down at the last when set to run away with one of the meeting’s top novice chases, then round two would see a legend cemented.

Not only could the eight-year-old become just the ninth dual-winner of the 100-year-old race, but also do so off the back of a season bucking the frustrating modern fashion for a softly-softly approach to the Festival showpiece.

Read Malik Ouzia’s full preview here!

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(Getty Images)

Gold Cup field

09:14 , Matt Verri

Bravemansgame (Harry Cobden)

Corach Rambler (Derek Fox)

Fastorslow (JJ Slevin)

Galopin Des Champs (Paul Townend)

Gentlemansgame (Darragh O’Keeffe)

Gerri Colombe (Jack Kennedy)

Jungle Boogie (Rachael Blackmore)

L’Homme Presse (Charlie Deutsch)

Monkfish (Mr P W Mullins)

Nassalam (Niall Houlihan)

The Real Whacker (Sam Twiston-Davies)

Going update

09:04 , Matt Verri

Been plenty of rain at Cheltenham this week - 9mm yesterday and overnight.

The going is heavy on the hurdles course, and soft, heavy in places on the chase course.

Our tips for today's card

08:50 , Matt Verri

1.30pm Ethical Diamond 28-1

2.10pm King Of Kingsfield 5-1

2.50pm Chigorin 25-1

3.30pm Gentlemansgame (nap) 25-1

4.10pm Its On The Line 5-2

4.50pm Limerick Lace 9-2

5.30pm Answer To Kayf 9-1

Gold Cup preview

08:36 , Matt Verri

Towards the end of a Cheltenham Festival that has been troubling on many levels, a Boodles Gold Cup (3.30) for the ages serves as some salvation.

The near-irrelevance of English trainers Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls has been shocking, with Ireland’s Willie Mullins hitting 100 Cheltenham winners on day two, and likely he can take the feature, too, with last year’s winner, Galopin Des Champs.

The only horse missing from an all-star cast is Shishkin, so sadly scratched due to the alarming Henderson form.

Galopin Des Champs could easily win again for all-conquering jockey Paul Townend, but preference here is for Gentlemansgame, with Darragh O’Keeffe in the saddle and trained by Mouse Morris.

Morris believes Gentlemansgame had as good a chance as anyone, bar Galopin Des Champs — and perhaps he is right.

He remains an exceptional target trainer, the stable is in form and he deliberately skipped Leopardstown with a view to the Gold Cup, even though the lightly-raced chaser has not run since overpowering Bravemansgame in the Charlie Hall in early November.

This is a truly exceptional renewal, with Monkfish coming back from the dead at Gowran and, given his profile, it is staggering — and a measure of the race — that he can be backed at 25s.

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Today's card in full

08:26 , Matt Verri

1.30pm: Triumph Hurdle

2.10pm: County Handicap Hurdle

2.50pm: Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle

3.30pm: Cheltenham Gold Cup

4.10pm: Festival Challenge Cup Open Hunters’ Steeple Chase

4.50pm: Mares’ Steeple Chase

5.30pm: Martin Pipe Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle

How to watch the Cheltenham Festival

08:17 , Matt Verri

TV channel: ITV1 will broadcast the first five races for FREE, with coverage beginning at 1pm and running until 4.30pm. Preview show 'The Opening Show' will be broadcast on ITV4 from 8.30am to 10am.

The only place to watch the Festival in its entirety is on Racing TV, which will broadcast all seven races today. Racing TV is a subscription-based channel available through Sky and Virgin Media and online via its website and app. Build-up coverage starts at 12.30pm GMT and coverage concludes after the final race.

Live stream: Racing TV subscribers can stream the action live via the website or app, or cast to their TV, while ITV viewers can do likewise via the ITVX website and app for FREE.

Live coverage: You can also follow all the action right here with us!

Good morning!

08:10 , Matt Verri

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of the final day of the Cheltenham Festival!

It all builds up to the Gold Cup today, as the action at Prestbury Park comes to an end after a thrilling week, but there’s lots to look forward to aside from that as well.

We’ll have all the latest updates and build-up, before full coverage of all seven races. Stay with us!

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