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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2024 runners, riders, favourites and odds

Leading British Cheltenham Gold Cup hope Shishkin has been withdrawn from the race amid concerns over the health of Nicky Henderson’s horses.

A dominant win at Newbury last month had the ten-year-old in a seemingly ideal position to challenge last year’s winner Galopin Des Champs.

However, with a sickness bug rampaging through Henderson’s Lambourn yard, Shishkin will no longer take his position in the big race on Friday. 

Henderson said: “Very sadly it won’t be possible for Shishkin to run in the Gold Cup on Friday. He was scoped as have all our potential runners this week, but unfortunately he’s shown an unsatisfactory picture on which he couldn’t possibly run.

“He appears to be 100 per cent in himself and has been working and schooling better than ever and we really were looking forward to Friday. It’s hoped that along with all the other non-participants this week that they will be back in time for Aintree or Punchestown.”

When is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run on the final day of the four-day Cheltenham Festival

This year, the race is on Friday, March 15 and will start at 3.30pm.

How can I watch the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The race will be broadcast live on free-to-air television by ITV1. It will also be shown on Racing TV for subscribers.

Hugely talented on his day and with two Grade 1s to his name, he has the ability to mix it with the best. This season has not gone to plan though having been pulled-up twice. Supporters will point to the fact that he usually comes alive in the spring but he has got a long way to go on this season’s form. Could well go straight to Aintree.

Consistent but has found one too good on each of his three starts this season. May well have been hard done by in the King George after being hampered somewhat at the last but connections may feel that was a race for the taking after the departure of Shishkin. He did run a mighty race in defeat in the Gold CUp last year and will be in the shake-up again if bringing that level of form.

Very classy at his best but, now 10, he has not been able to replicate the lofty performances of his younger days. Entered for the Cross-Country and immediately installed as favourite. All indications are that will be his target come March.

Last year’s Grand National winner will once again have Aintree as his main focus but connections have already indicated that this will be his tune up. Has won at the last two festivals and as such will be of interest as a live outsider to pick up some place money should things turn into a slog.

There is a feeling this eight-year-old has plenty more to offer. Only just touched off at last year’s festival but has taken his form to another level since, winning a pair of Grade 1s including a defeat of Galopin Des Champs at Punchestown. We were denied a re-match at Leopardstown over Christmas but we’ll almost certainly get it at Cheltenham.

Untouchable in last year’s race and will likely be sent off a short-priced favourite again this year. Back to his very best when slamming Gerri Colombe at Leopardstown last time, in a performance that appears to put him a long way clear of his main rivals in the division. Will likely run in the Irish Gold Cup before Cheltenham.

Will certainly get some attention from punters and likely bigger odds. Lightly raced in 2023 but has looked to have improved on past efforts, with a win and second in Grade 2 company. A race like this is certainly a step up but for those looking for a challenger with scope for improvement – this could well be your one.

It is tough to get away from the fact that he was soundly put in his place by Galopin Des Champs at Leopardstown. Was certainly rounding into a major contender but now has to prove he has what it takes to seriously challenge the supremacy of Galopin Des Champs. The Irish Gold Cup will give him a chance to do just that.

He has the story, the charismatic trainer and the toughness – but will that be enough in a race of this nature? Came from nowhere to win the King George late on but will have to tidy up his jumping markedly if he is to seriously challenge for honours at the festival. Connections have confirmed he will run.

A fragile horse, who at the age of ten has just run five times under rules. Produced a career-best to win a Grade 3 at Tramore on New Year’s Day but will need to step up yet again if he is to enter calculations at Cheltenham. He is running out of time to show just how good he might be but as perhaps the least exposed horse in the race, he presents an intriguing conundrum.

Back with a bang at Lingfield and now represents one of Britain’s best chances. Injuries have meant we have seen him on the track just three times since April 2022 but a smashing win over a decent yardstick in the Fleur De Lys Chase means he now has to be taken seriously. There is much to like about this previous festival winner.

At one time he looked to be the coming superstar force in the staying division but rotten luck with injuries has curtailed pretty much all his progress. Completely outclassed when dropped into a Grade 1 hurdle at Punchestown at the end of last season, Monkfish has not jumped a fence in public since April 2021. Tough to see him challenging if he’s pitched into deep water like this.

The Welsh National winner has seen his mark vault 19lb since the start of the season. A tilt at the Grand National is likely to be on connection’s mind but you could hardly blame them coming to Cheltenham first. A proven stayer, he may well offer some each-way value should the ground come up testing at Cheltenham.

Has run in the last two Gold Cups and has far from disgraced himself in either. His third-placed finish in 2022 was an especially good effort but in truth the minor places are the best he can hope for. A solid run behind L’Homme Presse at Lingfield showed there is still some spark left but much more was needed if he was to hold serious credentials as a winner.

Jump racing’s ultimate enigma. He might well be one of the five most talented horses in training but has a frustrating tendency to get in his own way. Failed to start on his intended seasonal reappearance before a jumping error cost him the chance to win the King George on Boxing Day. For all the drama, you do feel he has at least one more seismic performance in him. Will it come here? Will it come at Aintree? Who knows…

After reeling off three straight wins as a novice chaser last season – including a win at the festival – this bold-leaping front-runner has plateaued somewhat. Pulled up in a big handicap at Cheltenham before finishing ten lengths behind Hewick at Kempton, he needs to re-discover something close to his best to realistically find himself in the shake-up.

Odds are supplied by Betfred, are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change

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