Irish Gold Cup Guide 2022

Harry Haskell | @HarryHaskell4

Leopardstown - February 05 2022
Leopardstown 15:15
5
Bryony Frost

Frodon

J: Bryony Frost
T: Paul Nicholls
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-10
OR: 166
Days: 41

Fan favourite Frodon has danced every dance for Paul Nicholls and Bryony Frost thus far. He was fourth in the King George last time setting suicidal fractions, but you could upgrade this.

Frodon and Minella Indo took each other on throughout most of the race forcing both to go that bit faster.

Minella Indo finished pulled up whereas Frodon (albeit legless) finished a very gallant fourth. Prior to the King George he beat Galvin, (near enough favourite for the Gold Cup), Minella Indo, Delta Work and Ravenhill - in a brilliantly judged ride from the front.

He is an efficient jumper with bags of speed. If Frodon gets an easy lead he could be very hard to peg back. *If* he gets an easy lead being key.

There looks to be plenty of pace on with Kemboy, most notably, looking to pester Frodon throughout. 

Highly dangerous if given an easy lead but even so one of the ones to beat on form. 

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
15/03/22CHL25GS11-1212
05/02/22LEO24.5Y11-107
26/12/21KEM24Sft11-104
30/10/21DRO24Sft11-121
24/04/21SAN23Gd11-61
Leopardstown - February 05 2022
Leopardstown 15:15
2
Sean O'Keeffe

Cilaos Emery

J: Sean O'Keeffe
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-10
OR: 160
Days: 36

The outsider of the field and like his stablemate is quite frustrating. He's very inconsistent but has a huge engine and bags of talent.

He is prone to a jumping error or two but is much safer on the hole. He won his last start over fences over 2m6 beating a non stayer in Darver Star.

His most recent run was against Darver Star over hurdles, and was comprehensively beaten.

He isn't up to the class of these and is far from a certain stayer himself. Shock result if he were to win.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
18/04/22FAI20Y11-52
12/03/22NAV16Sft11-86
05/02/22LEO24.5Y11-10UR
31/12/21PUN19Hy11-64
25/11/21THU22Gd11-91
Leopardstown - February 05 2022
Leopardstown 15:15
7
Paul Townend

Kemboy

J: Paul Townend
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 10
Weight: 11-10
OR: 165
Days: 39

Favourite today, and he won this race last year . He's a difficult horse to have full confidence in as he is prone to a few jumping errors but he is a brilliant horse when on song.

He was third to Galvin and A Plus Tard in the Savills (Grade 1) at Christmas and looked quite unlucky - he wasn't beaten at all far and was nicely clear of the rest of the field (Janidil and Delta Work behind).

He could have done with a more efficient ride on the day and if he had saved that bit extra, who knows what would have happened - but it was certainly a massive run.

At a course and distance he clearly loves, he's a justified favourite. It will be interesting to see the tactics though - as Frodon also likes to make the running.

Kemboy isn't a stranger to sitting just off the pace either. Bang there and the one to beat on form this year.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/04/22PUN24Gd/Y11-104
07/04/22AIN25GS11-73
05/02/22LEO24.5Y11-105
28/12/21LEO24Y11-123
05/12/21PUN20.5Y/Sft11-128
Leopardstown - February 05 2022
Leopardstown 15:15
4
Jack Kennedy

Delta Work

J: Jack Kennedy
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-10
OR: 161
Days: 39

One time live Gold Cup hope, who's not quite lived up to his reputation since. He has been well beaten on both starts this season, finishing 6/8and 4/5.

He's on a bit of a recovery mission but this horse has had an official rating of 171 in the past which would put him bang there if reproducing that sort of form.

The gelding was third to Kemboy in this race last year but no match for the winner or the second (The Storyteller) on the day. His jumping is quite erratic and he's hard to have full confidence in.

Gordon Elliot does take the headgear off here though, and they will ride him a little handier.

He needs to get to somewhere near his best here though in a very competitive renewal.

There is a lingering suspicion that he's regressing.. hard to see him getting involved in the finish on what we've seen recently.  

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
09/04/22AIN34.5GS11-93
16/03/22CHL30Hy11-41
05/02/22LEO24.5Y11-106
28/12/21LEO24Y11-126
30/10/21DRO24Sft11-124
Leopardstown - February 05 2022
Leopardstown 15:15
1
B J Cooper

Asterion Forlonge

J: B J Cooper
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-10
OR: 164
Days: 41

If you say his name three times he might just appear in the mirror.. his career has been a rollercoaster to say the least!

He is arguably the most frustrating horse in training, he has bundles of ability, he just can't seem to put it all together without doing something daft. It's fair to say *if* he has a clear round he's right up there with these - but you just can't trust him.

He's fallen three times in his career - most recently in the King George and he's prone to wayward jumping.

His form is right up there with these, but do you trust him to get round safely? Form claims, but impossible to have full faith in.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
18/03/22CHL26.5GS11-107
05/02/22LEO24.5Y11-104
26/12/21KEM24Sft11-10F
05/12/21PUN20.5Y/Sft11-12UR
30/04/21PUN21Y11-101
Leopardstown - February 05 2022
Leopardstown 15:15
3
Davy Russell

Conflated

J: Davy Russell
T: Gordon Elliott
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-10
OR: 157
Days: 63

Conflated is a good horse, he's won five races from twenty starts. He's dined at the top table for much of his career but tends to come up short.

He won a 0-150 Grade B handicap chase last time out in good style and prior to that was second to Eklat De Rire, giving him a good race before ultimately fading to finish second.

He does seem to go well fresh and he's not totally out of this, although I think he might just find this too hot.

Hard to recommend. 

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
07/04/22AIN25GS11-72
17/03/22CHL20.5Sft11-10F
05/02/22LEO24.5Y11-101
04/12/21NAV20Y11-51
25/10/21WEX23Hy11-92
Leopardstown - February 05 2022
Leopardstown 15:15
6
Mark Walsh

Janidil

J: Mark Walsh
T: W P Mullins
N/A
Age: 8
Weight: 11-10
OR: 164
Days: 39

Fifth in a similar race to this last time out behind Galvin, he looks to be just short of the top level. He isn't a certain stayer either, but he has good form to his name, notably this year finishing second to Allaho over 2m4f.

He is steadily improving however, but will need to improve a fair bit again to get involved.

As mentioned though - this race looks to be pace heavy on paper, it could well suit Janidil, as he likes to pick them off from out the back, if they go too hard out front he can definitely pick up some of the crumbs.

Place claims at a big price.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/04/22PUN24Gd/Y11-10PU
18/04/22FAI20Y11-10F
17/03/22CHL20.5Sft11-102
05/02/22LEO24.5Y11-103
28/12/21LEO24Y11-125
Leopardstown - February 05 2022
Leopardstown 15:15
8
Robbie Power

Minella Indo

J: Robbie Power
T: Henry De Bromhead
N/A
Age: 9
Weight: 11-10
OR: 175
Days: 41

Seems to save his best for Cheltenham and his hard to have confidence in on what he's shown so far this season. He is of the highest calibre when on song (Albert Bartlett and Gold Cup winner).

He was fourth of fifth in this race last year, but it was well documented he just needed the run after his previous non completion, to put him spot on for Cheltenham. The rest as they say is history.

He will need to improve on what was fundamentally a woeful performance in the King George last time out though, as mentioned Minella Indo and Frodon went far too quick and Minella Indo was subsequently pulled up.

He is quite short in the betting for this and I'm not too sure on the evidence we have this season that his price is fully justified.

Brave to discount entirely, but the suspicion is he just might be an excellent Cheltenham Horse. 

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
27/04/22PUN24Gd/Y11-10PU
18/03/22CHL26.5GS11-102
05/02/22LEO24.5Y11-102
26/12/21KEM24Sft11-10PU
30/10/21DRO24Sft11-123

Free Bets & Offers



🍀 Money Back as CASH up to £20 if your first bet loses! 🍀
New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Football market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🟢 Bet £10 & Get £50 in free bets! 🟡
For new customers. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🐎 BET £10 ON ANY RACE AT YORK & GET 3X £15 BETS TO USE ON ANY OTHER RACES AT YORK 🐎
Min deposit £10 • Offer is valid Wednesday – Sunday • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of £10+ on a horse racing market • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets credited upon qualifying bet placement • Free Bets expire after 3 days & are valid for horse racing markets only • Free Bet stakes not included in returns • Restrictions apply to withdrawals, payment methods & countries. Full T&C’s apply. 18+.
Claim Bonus
🔸 BET £10 AND GET £30 IN FREE BETS! 🔸
New Customer offer. Place a min £10 bet on the Sportsbook on odds of min 1/2 (1.5), get £30 in Free Bets. Rewards valid for 30 days. SMS verification required. Only deposits via cards will qualify. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly
Claim Bonus
🐎 BET £10 ON RACING & GET £40 IN FREE BETS (MOBILE ONLY) 🐎
18+. Play Safe. New customers using Promo code Z40 only, Min £10/€10 stake, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 4 x £10/€10, free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply. See full terms below. #ad
Claim Bonus
💨 BET £20 AND GET £60 IN FREE BETS!
*Full T&Cs Apply. New customers only. Must stake min amount of £20 (odds 1.5 or greater) on any sporting event. Promotion available between 03/08/22 - 15/08/22. Max 4 x £10 and 4 x £5 Free Bets credited on qualifying bet settlement on selected events. 1x claim per customer. Void, cashed out, partially cashed out bets do not qualify. Each Way bets, system bets and profit boost are not permitted for qualifying bet. Free bets are non-withdrawable & not returned with winnings. Free bets expire after 7 days of qualifying bet settlement.
Claim Bonus
✅ BET £10 & GET £30 IN FREE BETS ✅
New UK, IE & Malta customers only. 18+. Min £10/€10 first deposit using Debit Card or Trustly. Place a bet of £10 at min odds of 1.5. Free bets expire in 90 days. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🏇🏼 50% UP TO £50 WELCOME BONUS 🏇🏼
18+ begambleaware.org; New bettors get 50% of deposit up to £50; Once per household; Min deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Wager a total of 8 times deposit + bonus, with max qualifying bet stake equal to your initial bonus amount; Bonus expires after 60 days; Min odds of 4/5 on singles, or 2/5 per leg for acca; Some bet types excluded; See full terms; See full terms; Terms apply; 18+
CLAIM HERE
🎉 BET £10 & GET £60 FREE BETS! 🎉
New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+). First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔵 GET £20 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £5 🔵
18+ New UK & ROI Customers only. Min deposit £5. Min first £5 bet at minimum odds 1/2 to qualify for 1x 20 free bet. Certain deposit methods and bet types excl. Free bet valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
✅ GET A FREE BET UP TO £35 + 10 FREE SPINS ✅
If your account has Sportsbook losses at the end of your first day's betting, QuinnBet will refund 50% of your losses as a Free Bet up to £35 (min 3 bets) Plus 10 Free online casino spins at QuinnCasino. Even if your account is up, you're guaranteed a £5 Free Bet Plus 10 Free Spins provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at the minimum odds. T&Cs apply | 18+ New UK Customers Only | BeGambleAware.org
Claim Bonus
BET £10 & GET £35 IN BONUSES TO USE ON HORSE RACING
18+ New customers only. Opt in and bet £10 on any Horse Racing market at odds 2.00+ in 7 days. No cash out. Get 6x £5 Horse Racing free bets+ £5 slot bonus, 20x wagering to withdraw max £250. Free bets expire in 24h and bonuses in 7 days. Card payments only. T&Cs Apply, see below. | begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus
😍 UP TO £40 MONEY BACK AS BONUSES IF YOUR FIRST RACING BET LOSES + £10 CASINO BONUS!!! 😍
18+ begambleaware.org. New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first racing bet loses. Wagering: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Sports bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. Full T&Cs apply. #Ad.
Claim Bonus
🟠 BET £10 & GET £20 IN FREE BETS! 🟠
*New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for Rules & Exclusions. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org
CLAIM HERE
🔹 GET £30 IN BONUSES WHEN YOU BET £5 🔹
18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £5 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days of registering, no cashout. Get 2x £10 Free Bets, set events at odds 2.00+. Plus a £10 Slot Bonus, selected games, wager 20x to withdraw max £250. 7 day bonus expiry. Card payments only. T&Cs apply, see below. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus
💥 GET £20 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £5 ON RACING!!! 💥
18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £/€5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 4x £/€5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🏇 BET £25 & GET 5x £5 IN FREE BETS! 🏇
Key Terms: Valid for new UK & Irish customers. Only customers registering and playing via mobile are eligible for this offer. Min qualifying deposit £25. Min odds apply for free bets. 2 day expiry for free bets. 18+.
CLAIM HERE
GET A £30 MATCHED FREE BET IF YOUR FIRST FOOTBALL ACCA LOSES!!!! 🙌🙌🙌
*New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ BeGambleAware.org Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus