2022 Irish Gold Cup Betting Odds at Leopardstown racecourse

Saturday, 05 February 2022

One of the biggest Irish horse races in the National Hunt calendar is the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup. This race takes place on Saturday 5 February at Leopardstown Racecourse, with the horse racing betting market looking wide open for a clash that will see many of these runners go on to race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Indeed, there are lots of 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup runners who will race in Ireland before featuring among the Cheltenham betting odds, with Galvin, Minella Indo and Kemboy among the leading contenders. Frodon and Asterion Forlonge are among the other horse racing betting favourites to land a victory.

When it comes to Grade 1 National Hunt steeplechase horse races, there are few that are bigger than the Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup. This is a race open to horses aged five or older, with the Leopardstown encounter attractive some of the leading Irish racing contenders and it will be interesting to see who is the betting favourite to land a victory ahead of the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Galvin Favourite to Win Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup

If you compare the Irish Gold Cup horse racing odds, then Galvin is the racing betting tip to win an encounter which is over a distance of three miles. There is plenty to recommend the Gordon Elliott-trained runner who won the Sam Vestey National Hunt Challenge Cup Novices' Chase at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival.

Since that triumph, the bookmakers have been shortening Galvin when it comes to their 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup betting market, with the runner winning at Punchestown on 13 October when being sent off at even money. He was then second behind Frodon in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase at Down Royal before winning the Savills Chase at Leopardstown.

Galvin’s victory in the Grade 1 Savills Chase was impressive over three miles, with the eight-year-old beating odds-on favourite A Plus Tard and many people’s idea of a Cheltenham Gold Cup tip is a horse who beat the Henry de Bromhead horse by a short head to land a huge victory and connections will be looking to emulate that in the Irish Gold Cup betting.

Can Kemboy Return to Form and Win Huge Race in Ireland

The 2021 Irish Gold Cup winner was Kemboy and it will be interesting to see whether Willie Mullins’ charge can have a big run at Leopardstown Racecourse, with the ten-year-old possessing bags of experience although he hasn’t looked altogether convincing this season. Nevertheless, if you compare the latest horse racing odds, then you will find him among the Gold Cup betting favourites.

Perhaps Kemboy is returning to form considering he was less than a length behind Galvin in the Savills Chase, with the horse having previously been underwhelming when finishing well off the pace in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase a few weeks earlier. The horse was also a popular Cheltenham Gold Cup each-way bet in March 2021 before failing to make an impression.

Who Are the Irish Gold Cup Betting Favourites

When you compare the latest Irish horse racing betting odds, then we’ve got a wide open betting heat and it will be interesting to see which Gold Cup betting tip manages to land a victory. Things haven’t gone according to plan for Minella Indo this season although the Henry de Bromhead-trained runner is among the betting favourites to win at Leopardstown.

The 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner can’t be easily discounted in this race and might be a good horse racing each-way bet, although Minella Indo was underwhelming in the 2021 King George VI Chase and the 100/30 chance was pulled up before the contest was over.


Minella Indo the Market Leader to Win 2021 Gold Cup

Minella Indo is a talented eight-year-old who is the betting favourite to win the 2021 Gold Cup and there has been plenty of money for the Henry de Bromhead-trained charge who has been backed into 2/1 for this encounter.

The big problem with this horse is that we’re not entirely sure how Minella Indo will have reacted to his fall at Leopardstown on 28 December, with the charge having fallen at the eighth fence in the Savills Chase, although his previous performances were strong ones.

Minella Indo finished second in last year’s RSA Chase to nail his colours to the mast, while there have been a couple of victories this season, with a Grade 3 success at Wexford followed by a Grade 2 win at Navan although these were relatively uncompetitive races.

Kemboy and Melon Next in the Irish Gold Cup Betting

On the face of things, Minella Indo looks worth opposing considering the calibre of the other horses lining up for this renewal of the Irish Gold Cup. Kemboy looks like the horse with the right sort of profile to go close, especially if his jumping is tip-top although the concern is that the runner has failed to win on any of his latest five appearances.

Melon is another Willie Mullins-trained horse that could challenge hard for victory over three miles at Leopardstown, with the runner only losing the Marsh Novices’ Chase by a nose when competing against Samcro at last year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Brian Hayes then gave Melon an excellent spin at betting odds of 22/1 when competing and finishing third in the John Durkan Punchestown Memorial Chase at the beginning of December, while it was another eye-catching third when running into the frame at 25/1 in the Savils Chase.