Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tips

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The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most anticipated race of the entire Cheltenham Festival with many punters waiting for the entire week to place a bet on who will be crowned the greatest chaser in UK National Hunt Racing. With so many punters looking to browse through our selection of Horse Racing Betting odds in the build-up to the Festival, we know they’ll have a lot of questions when reading through our Cheltenham Tips.

The average attendance of punters that head to Prestbury Park for the final day of the festival will be 65,000, all of them scouring the latest betting markets to find out who’ll be the best horse for them to back on the day, so with that in mind we’ve answered your top Gold Cup questions.

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What Prize Money Is On Offer For Winning The Gold Cup?

In 2020 & 2019, the prize money on offer for winning The Cheltenham Gold Cup was £625,000, making it the second most expensive jumps race to be held in the UK that season, behind The Grand National itself.

What Is The Distance Of The Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is contested over 3 miles and 2 1/2 furlongs, making it the longest National Hunt Race to be held across the entire season and the longest Grade 1 race to fall within the UK racing calendar.

How Many Fences Will Be Jumped in the 2021 Gold Cup?

Run on The New Course at Cheltenham, runners and riders will have to successfully navigate 22 fences and the steep Cheltenham Hill in the final stages of the race if they’re to be in with a chance of claiming Gold Cup victory.

Which Cheltenham Course is The Gold Cup Run On?

There are two courses which play host to the feature races of the Cheltenham Festival, and with the Gold Cup taking place on the final day of the Festival, it is traditionally run on the New Course. This means a stiffer test for horses and the need for more stamina if the going conditions are either heavy or soft.

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Who Won the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The 2020 Gold Cup was won by Al Boum Photo who was partnered to victory by Paul Townend. Priced at 10/3, he was able to see off the likes of Kemboy, Santini and Lost in Translation to secure the crown in what turned out to be a very exciting race. Led by Might Bite, the beaten favourite in 2018, the eventual winner was held up in the middle of the field and jumped well throughout the entire race. It wasn’t until the final stages of the contest that Al Boum Photo started to make his move on the front runners, and after rounding the final bend, he took to the front fighting off all comers to win Willie Mullins his first-ever Gold Cup.

Who are the big players in 2021?

It’s still early days in the betting markets for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but that doesn’t mean that horses aren’t throwing their weight around when it comes to staking their claim for possible favouritism. Last year’s winner Al Boum Photo leads the market with odds of 3/1 despite only having one run so far this season. Second in the betting is A Plus Tard who after winning at Leopardstown in the Irish Gold Cup justifies his low odds. Since running well in the Cotswold Chase Santini has also cemented himself as a Gold Cup challenger, with Paul Nicholls-trained Clan Des Obeaux also throwing his hat into the mix.

Which Races Can Influence the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

In the build-up to the Cheltenham Festival, there are many races and even entire meetings that can have a bearing on which horses will feature and which of them are expected to be the top performers as they head to post on race day.

The first race that many punters will gravitate towards in The King George VI Chase at Kempton. Normally a good starting block for runners expected to head to the Cheltenham Festival, it’s played host to previous winners such as Silviniaco Conti, Cue Card, Thistlecrack and Might Bite, although none of them actually went on to win the feature race at Cheltenham later that season. Only Best Mate, Kicking King and Kauto Star have that accolade to their name.

If you prefer a meeting at Cheltenham to help make your early betting decisions then paying close attention to the runners and riders at [Cheltenham Trials Day](/add link when page changes) can also give you an insight, but we recommend not reading too much into those results as the last horse to win at Trials day then go on to win the Gold Cup was Bob’s Worth back in 2012.

Who was the last Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner To Retain Their Crown?

Last year, Al Boum Photo became one of the first horses to win back to back Gold Cups with an impressive performance. However, before that punters will have to go back to the early 2000’s to find a horse who managed to successfully retain their Gold Cup crown, as the stats and results show many horses have either become one-hit wonders by winning it only once or by having other horses take crown from them, cue the well-known battle between Kauto Star and Denman.

The horse we’re talking about is Best Mate who between the years of 2002 and 2004 matching the record of Arkle. One of the most popular horses in racing, he also won The King George and is honoured by a statue at Cheltenham Racecourse which punters can see when entering for each race day.

Who is the Jockey With The Most Gold Cup Wins?

Despite many of today’s popular jockeys having multiple attempts at winning the feature race of the Cheltenham Festival none of them have been able to surpass a 50-year record, and knock current leading jockey Pat Taaffe off his lofty perch. Winning the race on four occasions throughout the 1960s, three of those with Arkle from 1964-1966 and with Fort Leney in 1968. Since the early 2000’s only one jockey has come close to that record, and that is Jim Culloty who partnered Best Mate.

Which Trainer Has The Most Gold Cup Wins

Punters may be shocked to learn that the trainer with most Gold Cup Wins to his name also comes from back in the 1960s. Tom Dreaper was an Irish-based trainer who is most famous for training Gold Cup winner Arkle, with five Gold Cup victories to his name, he’s also won the Arkle Challenge Trophy on 5 occasions and the Queen Mother Champion Chase 6 times.

The Gold Cup itself looks to be shaping up nicely, with many punters waiting with bated breath to see which runners will actually be declared for the race. Remember, we’ve got all the biggest ante-post markets for the Cheltenham Festival so if you’d like to take a look at The Gold Cup Betting Markets head over to our sportsbook.