Cheltenham Gold Cup 2023 live: tips, best bets and latest updates from today's big race
It is the final day of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival as punters prepare to go into battle one last time before the week is over for another year.
All eyes are of course on the Gold Cup, which promises to be one of the deepest and most high-quality renewals in many a year. There is real confidence in short-price favourite Galopin Des Champs, who looks the outstanding talent in the race and would have won the Turners by half the track last year had he not fallen at the last. Though he won over three miles at Leopardstown when he saw off Stattler, he has not gone three miles two furlongs up the Cheltenham hill. That's the question he has to answer.
A Plus Tard is the defending champion, but has not had the best preparation, running just once since when he was pulled up. However, the performances of Honeysuckle, Envoi Allen and Captain Guinness this week suggests Henry De Bromhead is on the rebound. If A Plus Tard gets close to last year's performance he will be in the frame.
Bravemansgame for Paul Nicholls is the King George winner and a maturing type, but has not run at Cheltenham over fences. Noble Yeats is last year's Grand National winner and the more of a stamina test this is the better. Protektorat was third in this last year and is a doughty stayer. The alluring horse in the race at a chunky price is Ahoy Senor, who is temperamental and an iffy jumper but could go close if things click. Ahoy Senor was second to L'Homme Presse by three lengths in last year's Browns Advisory Novices' Chase, and won the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham in January, a race in which Noble Yeats and Protektorat ran on soft ground.
Before the Gold Cup, there is the test of speed the Triumph Hurdle, a stacked County Handicap Hurdle and the always open Albert Bartlett.