Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the ultimate prize in steeplechasing and the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival meeting in March.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is held on Friday 17th March 2023.

Past winners include many legends of jump racing including Golden Miller, Arkle, Best Mate and Kauto Star. It’s the Blue Riband event of National Hunt racing and is the target of the best horses and best trainers in the industry.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup tipsters are saying this year’s race could be the most open it has been for decades. 

If you are looking for the latest predictions for this year’s festival check out our updated Cheltenham festival tipster page.

Find out more about The Cheltenham Gold Cup:


Cheltenham Gold Cup

Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup 2023 Odds

3.30 Cheltenham (Race 4) - BOG
  • Date: Friday 17th of March 2023
  • Time: 15:30
  • Details: 12 Runners Chase Chase 3m 2f 70y
6 Galopin Des Champs
2 A Plus Tard
3 Bravemansgame
9 Noble Yeats
1 Ahoy Senor
8 Minella Indo
13 Stattler
10 Protektorat
7 Hewick
12 Sounds Russian
11 Royale Pagaille
5 Eldorado Allen

Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Tips

Here are the tips for the 2023 Cheltenham Gold Cup by our specialist Cheltenham gold cup tipster:

  • 2 points to win on GALOPIN DES CHAMPS
  • One point each way for BRAVEMANSGAME

Some of the important players that are expected to line up will be racing through the year. So make sure to watch how all the horses perform or place ante-post betting odds wagers soon to seek value.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup Race Overview

The Gold Cup is traditionally held on the fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival, as you imagine it is run at the stunning Cheltenham racecourse, one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world.

The Gold Cup takes place over three and a quarter miles with 22 fences to be jumped. The famous uphill finish makes this a thorough test of stamina for the top chasers in Britain and Ireland; it is the ultimate National Hunt chase where the champion of the season is crowded.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy is one that all owners, jockeys and trainers want to win – it is the pinnacle of National Hunt racing.

Famous Cheltenham Gold Cup Winners & Gold Cup History

The Gold Cup was first run as a three-mile flat race in 1819 with victory going to Spectre. It did not become a steeplechase until over a century later when Red Splash took the prize in 1924.

Golden Miller jumped his way into the record books with an incredible five consecutive Gold Cup victories between 1932 and 1936. His other wins include the 1934 Grand National and he is still regarded by many as the greatest steeplechaser of all time.

Others would argue that Arkle is worthy of that title, a brilliant winner of the Gold Cup in 1964, 1965 and 1966. Timeform rated Arkle on 212, a massive 21lbs higher than rival Mill House and two-time winner Kauto Star.

There have been few more popular winners than the Irish mare Dawn Run in 1986. There were jubilant scenes as Jonjo O’Neill drove her up the Cheltenham hill, becoming the first horse in history to win both the Champion Hurdle and the Gold Cup.

Desert Orchid was a great favourite with the public, a dashing front-running grey trained by David Elsworth. Many doubted his ability to stay the Gold Cup distance after heavy rain turned the going soft in 1989. He produced one of the most famous Gold Cup finishes in history when fighting back to overhaul Yahoo on the run-in under Simon Sherwood.

Best Mate completed a hat-trick of victories for Henrietta Knight and jockey Jim Culloty between 2002 and 2004.

Kauto Star became the first horse in history to regain his crown with success in 2007 and 2009. He had been beaten by stable companion Denman in 2008 in another epic renewal of this famous race.

Check out our list of the best Gold Cup Winners, we look at Cheltenham Gold Cup winners from the past and recent history.

Key Cheltenham Gold Cup Trials

The Cheltenham Gold Cup winner and runners from the previous year set the standard for form guides. Barring injury, the winner and placed horses are likely to be aimed at this race all season.

Al Boum Photo was skilfully handled by trainer Willie Mullins, winning the Savills Chase at Tramore on New Years’ Day prior to his two Gold Cups with victories in 2019 and 2020.

The established chasers will face the challenge of rising stars from the novice ranks. The RSA Chase has produced several future Gold Cup winners including Denman (2007), Bobs Worth (2012) and Lord Windermere (2013). Native River (2018) won the Gold Cup a year after finishing third in the RSA and won the Denman Chase at Newbury on his way to the festival.

Sizing John won the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown before his win for Jessica Harrington in 2017, the first horse to complete the double since Imperial Call (trained by Nicky Henderson) in 1996.

The King George VI Chase over three miles at Kempton is second only to the Gold Cup in terms of prestige. However, the shorter distance on a much flatter track does not make it an ideal trial for Cheltenham.

Cheltenham Gold Cup

Best Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Offers 2023

Cheltenham Gold Cup odds are available throughout the year and it is one of the top betting races of the National Hunt season.

Bookmakers update Gold Cup prices immediately after each of the main trials.

In recent years, they have offered “non-runner – no bet” on the Gold Cup in the build-up to the Cheltenham Festival. They can also offer enhanced each-way betting down to sixth place.

Here are the Best Cheltenham Gold Cup betting offers March 2023:

Cheltenham Gold Cup Previous Winners

Date Winner SP Age Jockey Trainer Owner Field 2nd and 3rd Time Ref.
12-03-1924 1924, 12 MarchRed Splash1005 5/15Dick ReesFred WithingtonMaj. Humphrey Wyndham92nd. (hd) Conjuror II 7/13rd. (nk) Gerald L. 5/1Not taken[10]
11-03-1925 1925, 11 MarchBallinode†1003 3/19Ted LeaderFrank Morgan (IRE)Christopher Bentley42nd. (5 L) Alcazar 8/13F3rd. (dst) Patsey 10/1729607:29.6[11]
9-03-19261926, 9 MarchKoko1010 10/18Tim HameyAlfred BickleyFrank Barbour82nd. (4 L) Old Tay Bridge 3/13rd. (5 L) Ruddyglow 6/5F711007:11.0[12]
8-03-19271927, 8 MarchThrown In1010 10/111Mr Hugh GrosvenorOwen Anthony2nd Lord Stalbridge82nd. (2 L) Grakle 5/13rd. (1+1⁄2) Silvo 13/8F728007:28.0[13]
13-03-19281928, 13 MarchPatron Saint1003.5 7/25Dick ReesStanley HarrisonF. W. Keen72nd. (4 L) Vive 8/13rd. (2 L) Koko 4/5F729607:29.6[14]
12-03-19291929, 12 MarchEaster Hero1001.75 7/4F9Dick ReesJack AnthonyJohn Hay Whitney102nd. (20 L) Lloydie 100/9 3rd. (2 L) Grakle 11/4657006:57.0[15]
11-03-19301930, 11 MarchEaster Hero1000.7272727273 8/11F10Tommy CullinanJack AnthonyJohn Hay Whitney42nd. (20 L) Grakle 10/1 3rd. (dist) Gib 13/8706007:06.0[16]
1-03-19321932, 1 MarchGolden Miller1006.5 13/25Ted LeaderBasil BriscoeDorothy Paget62nd. (4 L) Inverse 8/1 3rd. (dist) Aruntius 20/1733407:33.4[17]
7-03-19331933, 7 MarchGolden Miller1000.5714285714 4/7F6Billy StottBasil BriscoeDorothy Paget72nd. (10 L) Thomond II 11/4 3rd. (5 L) Delaneige 20/1733007:33.0[18]
6-03-19341934, 6 MarchGolden Miller1001.2 6/5F7Gerry WilsonBasil BriscoeDorothy Paget72nd. (6 L) Avenger 6/1 3rd. (6 L) Kellsboro 10/1704607:04.6[19]
14-03-19351935, 14 MarchGolden Miller1000.5 1/2F8Gerry WilsonBasil BriscoeDorothy Paget52nd. (3⁄4 L) Thomond II 5/2 3rd. (5 L) Kellsboro' Jack 100/7630006:30.0[20]
12-03-19361936, 12 MarchGolden Miller1001.05 21/20F9Evan WilliamsOwen AnthonyDorothy Paget62nd. (12 L) Royal Mail 5/1 3rd. (2 L) Kellsboro' Jack 10/1705207:05.2[21]
10-03-19381938, 10 MarchMorse Code1006.5 13/29Danny MorganIvor AnthonyDealtry C. Part62nd. (2 L) Golden Miller 7/4F 3rd. (3 L) Macaulay 3/1635206:35.2[22]
9-03-19391939, 9 MarchBrendan's Cottage1008 8/19George OwenGeorge BeebyJean Smith-Bingham52nd. (5 L) Morse Code 4/7F 3rd. (dist) Embarrassed 25/1734207:34.2[23]
20-03-19401940, 20 MarchRoman Hackle1001 EvensF7Evan WilliamsOwen AnthonyDorothy Paget72nd. (10 L) Black Hawk 20/13rd. (2 L) Royal Mail 100/8646406:46.4[24]
20-03-19411941, 20 MarchPoet Prince1003.5 7/29Roger BurfordIvor AnthonyDavid Sherbrooke102nd. (3 L) Savon 100/30 3rd. (sh) Red Rower 8/1615606:15.6[25]
21-03-19421942, 21 MarchMedoc II1004.5 9/28Frenchie NicholsonReg Hobbs7th Earl of Sefton122nd. (3 L) Red Rower 3/1F 3rd. (sh) Asterabad 20/1638006:38.0[26]
17-03-19451945, 17 MarchRed Rower1002.75 11/4F11Davy Jones2nd Lord Stalbridge2nd Lord Stalbridge162nd. (3 L) Schubert 11/2 3rd. (1+1⁄2 L) Paladin 100/30616206:16.2[27]
14-03-19461946, 14 MarchPrince Regent1000.5714285714 4/7F11Tim HydeTom Dreaper (IRE)Jimmy Rank62nd. (5 L) Poor Flame 5/1 3rd. (4 L) Red 9/2 April647606:47.6[28]
12-04-19471947, 12 AprilFortina1008 8/16Mr Richard BlackHector Christie3rd Baron Grimthorpe122nd. (10 L) Happy Home 3/1 3rd. (5 L) Prince Blackthorn 8/1641206:41.2[29]
4-03-19481948, 4 MarchCottage Rake1010 10/19Aubrey BrabazonVincent O'Brien (IRE)Frank Vickerman122nd. (1+1⁄2 L) Happy Home 6/1 3rd. (10 L) Coloured School Boy 10/1656406:56.4[30]
11-04-19491949, 11 AprilCottage Rake1000.6666666667 4/6F10Aubrey BrabazonVincent O'Brien (IRE)Frank Vickerman62nd. (2 L) Cool Customer 13/2 3rd. (6 L) Coloured School Boy 8/1636006:36.0[31]
9-03-19501950, 9 MarchCottage Rake1000.8333333333 5/6F11Aubrey BrabazonVincent O'Brien (IRE)Frank L. Vickerman62nd. (10 L) Finnure 5/4 3rd. (8 L) Garde Toi 100/1700607:00.6[32]
25-04-19511951, 25 AprilSilver Fame1001.5 6/4F12Martin MolonyGeorge Beeby1st Baron Bicester62nd. (shd) Greenogue 100/83rd. (2 L) Mighty Fine 10/1623406:23.4[33]
6-03-19521952, 6 MarchMont Tremblant1008 8/16Dave DickFulke WalwynDorothy Paget132nd. (10 L) Shaef 7/13rd. (4 L) Galloway Braes 66/1702307:02.3[34]
5-03-19531953, 5 MarchKnock Hard1005.5 11/29Tim MolonyVincent O'Brien (IRE)Moya Keogh122nd. (5 L) Halloween 5/2F3rd. (2 L) Galloway Braes 33/1628406:28.4[35]
1954Four Ten1016.6666666667 100/68Tommy CusackJohn RobertsAlan Strange92nd. (4 L) Mariner's Log 20/13rd. (4 L) Halloween 100/6712207:12.20[36]
1955Gay Donald1033 33/19Tony GranthamJim FordPhilip Burt92nd. (10 L) Halloween 7/23rd. (8 L) Four Ten 3/1F659206:59.20[36]
1956Limber Hill1001.375 11/8F9Jimmy PowerBill DuttonJames Davey112nd. (4 L) Vigor 50/13rd. (1+1⁄2 L) Halloween 100/8642006:42.00[36]
1957Linwell1011.1111111111 100/99Michael ScudamoreCharlie Mallon[3]David Brown132nd. (1 L) Kerstin† 6/13rd. (5 L) Rose Park 100/8655606:55.6[36]
1958Kerstin†1007 7/18Stan HayhurstVerly BewickeGeorge H. Moore92nd. (1⁄2 L) Polar Flight 11/23rd. (dist) Gay Donald 13/2655606:55.6[36]
1959Roddy Owen1005 5/110Bobby BeasleyDanny Morgan (IRE)12th Earl of Fingall112nd. (3 L) Linwell 11/23rd. (10 L) Lochroe 100/9728407:28.4[36]
1960Pas Seul1006 6/17Bill ReesBob TurnellJohn Rogerson112nd. (1 L) Lochroe 12/13rd. (5 L) Zonda 9/1700007:00.0[36]
1961Saffron Tartan1002 2/110Fred WinterDon ButchersGuy Westmacott92nd. (1+1⁄2 L) Pas Seul 100/303rd. (3 L) Mandarin 100/7649806:49.8[36]
1962Mandarin1003.5 7/211Fred WinterFulke WalwynPeggy Hennessy102nd. (1 L) Fortria 3/13rd. (10 L) Cocky Consort 50/1639406:39.4[36]
1963Mill House1003.5 7/26Willie RobinsonFulke WalwynBill Gollings122nd. (12 L) Fortria 4/13rd. (4 L) Duke of York 7/1708407:08.4[36]
1964Arkle1001.75 7/47Pat TaaffeTom Dreaper (IRE)Duchess of Westminster42nd. (5 L) Mill House 8/13F3rd. (25 L) Pas Seul 50/1645606:45.6[36]
1965Arkle1000.3 30/100F8Pat TaaffeTom Dreaper (IRE)Duchess of Westminster42nd. (20 L) Mill House 100/303rd. (30 L) Stoney Crossing 100/1645606:41.2[36]
1966Arkle1000.1 1/10F9Pat TaaffeTom Dreaper (IRE)Duchess of Westminster52nd. (30 L) Dormant 20/13rd. (10 L) Snaigow 100/7654206:54.2[36]
1967Woodland Venture1012.5 100/87Terry BiddlecombeFred RimellHarry Collins82nd. (3⁄4 L) Stalbridge Colonist 11/23rd. (2 L) What A Myth 3/1659206:59.2[36]
1968Fort Leney1005.5 11/210Pat TaaffeTom Dreaper (IRE)John Thomson52nd. (neck) The Laird 3/13rd. (1 L) Stalbridge Colonist 7/2651006:51.0[36]
1969What A Myth1008 8/112Paul KellewayRyan PriceLady Lucy Weir112nd. (1+1⁄2 L) Domacorn 7/23rd. (20 L) Playlord 4/1730087:30.8[36]
1970L'Escargot1033 33/17Tommy CarberryDan Moore (IRE)Raymond R. Guest122nd. (1+1⁄2 L) French Tan 8/13rd. (10 L) Spanish Steps 9/4647406:47.4[36]
1971L'Escargot1003.5 7/28Tommy CarberryDan Moore (IRE)Raymond R. Guest82nd. (10 L) Leap Frog 7/23rd. (15 L) The Dikler 15/2800608:00.6[36]
1972Glencaraig Lady†1006 6/18Frank BerryFrancis Flood (IRE)Patrick Doyle122nd. (3⁄4 L) Royal Toss 22/13rd. (head) The Dikler 11/1717807:17.8[36]
1973The Dikler1009 9/110Ron BarryFulke WalwynPeggy August122nd. (shd) Pendil 4/6F3rd. (6 L) Charlie Potheen 9/2637206:37.2[36]
1974Captain Christy1007 7/17Bobby BeasleyPat Taaffe (IRE)Jane Samuel72nd. (5 L) The Dikler 5/13rd. (20 L) Game Spirit 20/1705507:05.5[36]
1975Ten Up1002 2/18Tommy CarberryJim Dreaper (IRE)Duchess of Westminster82nd. (6 L) Soothsayer 28/13rd. (1+1⁄2 L) Bula 5/1751407:51.4[36]
1976Royal Frolic1014 14/17John BurkeFred RimellSir Edward Hanmer112nd. (5 L) Brown Lad 13/8F3rd. (5 L) Colebridge 12/1640106:40.1[36]
1977Davy Lad1014 14/17Dessie HughesMick O'Toole (IRE)Anne-Marie McGowan132nd. (6 L) Tied Cottage 20/13rd. (20 L) Summerville 15/1713807:13.8[36]
1978Midnight Court1002.5 5/27John FrancomeFred WinterOlive Jackson102nd. (7 L) Brown Lad 8/13rd. (1 L) Master H 18/1657306:57.3[36]
1979Alverton1005 5/19Jonjo O'NeillPeter EasterbySnailwell Stud Co.142nd. (25 L) Royal Mail 7/13rd. (20 L) Aldaniti 40/1701007:01.0[36]
1980Master Smudge [4]1014 14/18Richard HoareArthur BarrowArthur Barrow142nd. (5 L) Mac Vidi 66/13rd. (2+1⁄2 L) Approaching 11/1714207:14.2[36]
1981Little Owl1006 6/17Mr Jim WilsonPeter EasterbyRobin & Jim Wilson152nd. (1+1⁄2 L) Night Nurse 6/13rd. (10 L) Silver Buck 7/2709907:09.9[36]
1982Silver Buck1008 8/110Robert EarnshawMichael DickinsonChristine Feather222nd. (2 L) Bregawn 18/13rd. (12 L) Sunset Cristo 50/1711307:11.3[36]
1983Bregawn1003.3333333333 100/309Graham BradleyMichael W. DickinsonJames Kennelly112nd. (5 L) Captain John 11/13rd. (1+1⁄2 L) Wayward Lad 6/1657606:57.6[36]
1984Burrough Hill Lad1003.5 7/28Phil TuckJenny PitmanStan Riley122nd. (3 L) Brown Chamberlin 5/13rd. (8 L) Drumlargan 16/1641406:41.4[36]
1985Forgive 'n Forget1007 7/18Mark DwyerJimmy FitzGeraldTim Kilroe & Sons Ltd152nd. (1+1⁄2 L) Righthand Man 15/23rd. (2+1⁄2 L) Earls Brig 13/2648306:48.3[36]
1986Dawn Run†1001.875 15/8f8Jonjo O'NeillPaddy Mullins (IRE)Charmian Hill112nd. (1 L) Wayward Lad 8/13rd. (2+1⁄2 L) Forgive 'n Forget 7/2635006:35.0[36]
1987The Thinker1006.5 13/29Ridley LambArthur StephensonTom McDonagh122nd. (1+1⁄2 L) Cybrandian 25/13rd. (2+1⁄2 L) Door Latch 9/1656106:56.1[36]
1988Charter Party1010 10/110Richard DunwoodyDavid NicholsonSmith / Mould152nd. (6 L) Cavvies Clown 6/13rd. (10 L) Beau Ranger 33/1658906:58.9[36]
1989Desert Orchid1002.5 5/210Simon SherwoodDavid ElsworthRichard Burridge132nd. (1+1⁄2 L) Yahoo 25/13rd. (8 L) Charter Party 14/1717607:17.6[36]
1990Norton's Coin1100 100/19Graham McCourtSirrel GriffithsSirrel Griffiths122nd. (3⁄4 L) Toby Tobias 8/13rd. (4 L) Desert Orchid 10/11f630906:30.9[36]
1991Garrison Savannah1016 16/18Mark PitmanJenny PitmanAutofour Engineering142nd. (shd) The Fellow 28/13rd. (15 L) Desert Orchid 4/1649806:49.8[36]
1992Cool Ground1025 25/110Adrian MaguireToby BaldingWhitcombe Manor Racing82nd. (shd) The Fellow 7/23rd. (1 L) Docklands Express 16/1647506:47.5[36]
1993Jodami1008 8/18Mark DwyerPeter BeaumontJohn Yeadon162nd. (2 L) Rushing Wild 11/13rd. (7 L) Royal Athlete 66/1634406:34.4[36]
1994The Fellow1007 7/19Adam KondratFrançois Doumen (FRA)Marquesa de Moratalla152nd. (1+1⁄2 L) Jodami 6/4F3rd. (4 L) Young Hustler 20/1640706:40.7[36]
1995Master Oats1003.3333333333 100/309Norman WilliamsonKim BaileyPaul Matthews152nd. (15 L) Dubacilla 20/13rd. (15 L) Miinnehoma 9/1655906:55.9[36]
1996Imperial Call1004.5 9/27Conor O'DwyerFergie Sutherland (IRE)Lisselan Farms Ltd102nd. (4 L) Rough Quest 12/13rd. (19 L) Couldn't Be Better 11/1642306:42.3[36]
1997Mr Mulligan1020 20/19Tony McCoyNoel ChanceM. & G. Worcester142nd. (9 L) Barton Bank 33/13rd. (1⁄2 L) Dorans Pride 10/1635506:35.5[36]
1998Cool Dawn1025 25/110Andrew ThorntonRobert AlnerDido Harding172nd. (1+3⁄4 L) Strong Promise 14/13rd. (hd) Dorans Pride 9/4639706:39.7[36]
1999See More Business1016 16/19Mick FitzgeraldPaul NichollsBarber / Keighley122nd. (1 L) Go Ballistic 66/13rd. (17 L) Florida Pearl 5/2F641906:41.9[36]
2000Looks Like Trouble1004.5 9/28Richard JohnsonNoel ChanceTim Collins122nd. (5 L) Florida Pearl 9/23rd. (nck) Strong Promise 20/1630306:30.3[36]
2002Best Mate1007 7/17Jim CullotyHenrietta KnightJim Lewis182nd. (1+3⁄4 L) Commanche Court 25/13rd. (8 L) See More Business 40/1650106:50.10[37]
2003Best Mate1001.625 13/8F8Jim CullotyHenrietta KnightJim Lewis152nd. (10 L) Truckers Tavern 33/13rd. (2+1⁄2 L) Harbour Pilot 40/1639006:39.10[38]
2004Best Mate1000.7272727273 8/11F9Jim CullotyHenrietta KnightJim Lewis102nd. (1⁄2 L) Sir Rembrandt 33/13rd. (1+1⁄4 L) Harbour Pilot 20/1642606:42.60[39]
2005Kicking King1004 4/1F7Barry GeraghtyTom Taaffe (IRE)Conor Clarkson152nd. (5 L) Take The Stand 25/13rd. (8 L) Sir Rembrandt 12/1642906:42.90[40]
2006War of Attrition1007.5 15/27Conor O'DwyerMouse Morris (IRE)Gigginstown House Stud222nd. (2+1⁄2 L) Hedgehunter 16/13rd. (7 L) Forget The Past 9/1631706:31.70[41]
2007Kauto Star1001.25 5/4F7Ruby WalshPaul NichollsClive D. Smith152nd. (2+1⁄2 L) Exotic Dancer 9/23rd. (2+1⁄2 L) Turpin Green 40/1640466:40.46[42]
2008Denman1002.25 9/48Sam ThomasPaul NichollsBarber / Findlay122nd. (7 L) Kauto Star 10/11f3rd. (shd) Neptune Collonges 25/1647846:47.84[43]
2009Kauto Star1001.75 7/4F9Ruby WalshPaul NichollsClive D. Smith162nd. (13 L) Denman 7/13rd. (2+1⁄2 L) Exotic Dancer 8/1644956:44.95[44]
2010Imperial Commander1007 7/19Paddy BrennanNigel Twiston-DaviesOur Friends in the North112nd. (7 L) Denman 4/13rd. (23 L) Mon Mome 50/1643906:43.90[45]
2011Long Run1003.5 7/2F6Mr Sam Waley-CohenNicky HendersonRobert Waley-Cohen132nd. (7 L) Denman 8/13rd. (4 L) Kauto Star 5/1629706:29.70[46]
2012Synchronised1008 8/19Tony McCoyJonjo O'NeillJ. P. McManus142nd. (2+1⁄4 L) The Giant Bolster 50/13rd. (3⁄4 L) Long Run 7/4f636196:36.19[47]
2013Bobs Worth1002.75 11/4F8Barry GeraghtyNicky HendersonThe Not Afraid Partnership92nd. (7 L) Sir Des Champs 4/13rd. (2+3⁄4 L) Long Run 7/2705067:05.06[48]
2014Lord Windermere1020 20/18Davy RussellJim Culloty (IRE)Dr. Ronan Lambe132nd. (shd) On His Own 16/13rd. (3⁄4 L) The Giant Bolster 14/1643886:43.88[49]
2015Coneygree1007 7/18Nico de BoinvilleMark BradstockThe Max Partnership162nd. (1+1⁄2 L) Djakadam 10/13rd. (2 L) Road To Riches 8/1642506:42.50[50]
2016Don Cossack1002.25 9/4F9Bryan CooperGordon Elliott (IRE)Gigginstown House Stud92nd. (4+1⁄2 L) Djakadam 9/23rd. (10 L) Don Poli 9/2635006:35.00[51]
2017Sizing John1007 7/17Robbie PowerJessica Harrington (IRE)Ann & Alan Potts132nd. (2+3⁄4 L) Minella Rocco 18/13rd. (shd) Native River 7/2636106:36.10
2018Native River1005 5/18Richard JohnsonColin TizzardBrocade Racing152nd. (4+1⁄2 L) Might Bite 4/1F3rd. (4 L) Anibale Fly 33/1702607:02.60
2019Al Boum Photo1012 12/17Paul TownendWillie Mullins (IRE)Mrs J Donnelly162nd. (2+1⁄2 L) Anibale Fly 22/13rd. (3+3⁄4 L) Bristol de Mai 18/1639066:39.06
2020Al Boum Photo1003.3333333333 100/30F8Paul TownendWillie Mullins (IRE)Mrs J Donnelly122nd. (nk) Santini 5/13rd. (1+1⁄4 L) Lostintranslation 10/1650386:50.38
2021Minella Indo1009 9/18Jack KennedyHenry De Bromhead (IRE)Barry Maloney122nd. (1+1⁄4 L) A Plus Tard 100/303rd. (4+1⁄4 L) Al Boum Photo 9/4F635456:45.35
2022A Plus Tard1003 3/1F8Rachael BlackmoreHenry De Bromhead (IRE)Cheveley Park Stud112nd. (15+0⁄0 L) Minella Indo 6/13rd. (2+1⁄2 L) Protektorat 11/16:41.75
2023Galopin Des Champs1001.4 7/5F7Paul TownendWillie Mullins (IRE)Mrs Audrey Turley132nd. (7 L) Bravemansgame 6/13rd. (6+1⁄2 L) Conflated 22/16:45.46

Cheltenham Gold Cup Previous Result

Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Trends

Favourites have a mixed recent record in the Gold Cup, Al Boum Photo (100-30 in 2020) becoming the fourth winning favourite in ten seasons since 2011. Long Run (2011), Bobs Worth (2013) and Don Cossack (2016) were the other successful favourites during that period.

The shortest-priced winner in history was Arkle who returned at 1-10 favourite in 1966.

Major shocks are rare in this race, although Lord Windermere returned at 20-1 in 2014.

The biggest shock result came in 1990 when Norton’s Coin won at 100-1, one of only three horses trained by Welsh dairy farmer Sirrel Griffiths.

Top Trainers and Jockeys of the Gold Cup

Michael Dickinson’s remarkable achievement of saddling the first five home in 1983 is most unlikely to be repeated. Bregawn won under Graham Bradley and was followed by stable companions Captain John, Wayward Lad, Silver Buck and Ashley House.

Irish trained horses have a very good recent record, taking five of the seven renewals between 2014 and 2020.

Willie Mullins had been trying for over twenty years to win the Gold Cup prior to Al Boum Photo’s back-to-back victories in 2019 and 2020.

Paul Nicholls has won the race four times, the most recent being Kauto Star (2009).

Pat Taaffe is the winning-most jockey in the history of the race with four wins, three of those aboard Arkle.

Paul Townend won on Al Boum Photo in 2019 and 2020 and will be hoping to emulate Jim Culloty who rode a hat-trick of wins aboard Best Mate.

What are the betting trends for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?
Find out the betting patterns on the Cheltenham Gold Cup horses this year, the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Race Stats

  • The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race run on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse in England.
  • It is the feature race of the week.
  • The race is open to horses aged five years and older and is run over a distance of 3 miles, 2 furlongs and about 70 yards (5,331 metres).
  • The race was first run in 1924 and has been won by some of the greatest steeplechasers in history, including Arkle, Golden Miller (the most successful horse winning 5 times), Best Mate and Kauto Star. Other big names include See More Business and Denman.
  • The current record time for the Cheltenham Gold Cup is 6 minutes, 19.1 seconds, set by Best Mate in 2002.
  • The most successful jockey in the history of the race is Pat Taaffe, who won it four times between 1956 and 1964.
  • The most successful trainer in the history of the race is Tom Dreaper, who won it six times between 1946 and 1969.
  • Previous form at Cheltenham is a definite plus factor for Gold Cup winners.
  • Proven stamina in order to get the Gold Cup distance (3mile 2f) is also vital with most previous winners having won over three miles or further. It takes a class horse to win this race.
  • Most past winners were officially rated 166 or higher and had at least one previous Grade 1 victory to their credit.
  • You also need a safe jumper to navigate Cheltenham’s stiff fences and most previous winners had raced at least seven times over fences.
  • Experience is a key factor when assessing your Cheltenham Gold Cup tips. Most winners had at least seven races over fences before winning the race.
  • The age group from 7 to 9 has dominated the Gold Cup winners in recent times. Long Run (2011) was the first six-year-old to win since Mill House in 1963. Cool Dawn was the last ten-year-old to be successful in 1998.
  • Only four mares have ever won the Gold Cup, the most recent being Dawn Run in 1986.
  • Often horses that have run well in the King George VI Chase and Betfair Chase run well here.
  • Coneygree became the first novice chaser to win for forty years when successful in 2015. Gold Cup Winners tend to have a good level of experience of jumps.
  • Rachael Blackmore was the first female jockey to win the race in 2022.

Betting on the Gold Cup Chase

The ante-post market for the Gold Cup runs throughout the year and those who have taken early prices have been well rewarded.

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Frequently Asked Questions about The Cheltenham Gold Cup


Frequently Asked Questions

Can mares run in the Gold Cup?

Mares can run on the Gold Cup, it is open to both geldings and mares, in fact, Dawn Run is widely considered to be one of the best winners of all time.

What horses are running in Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The horse running in the Cheltenham Gold Cup is shown on our page, along with their odds.

Aiming to run in the race is normally months and years in the planning. Betting normally starts a year ahead, straight after that years running. The picture becomes much clearer the closer to the race you get. Normally a few weeks out the main horses and betting is all in place.

How many horses are in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The number of horses in the Gold Cup differ from year to year – an average field size is about 10. It is always more about quality rather than quantity.

How much are Cheltenham Gold Cup tickets?

Cheltenham Gold Cup tickets start from £40 normally.

To find more about Cheltenham Gold Cup tickets visit here.

What is the prize money for winning the Gold Cup?

The prize money for the winner of The Gold Cup is £350,000, with the overall prize pool being £625,000.

Summary of The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is simply one of the greatest horseraces in the world and only the best win this race; regarded as the pinnacle of jump racing and the feature race of the whole week, held on the final day of The Festival.

The role of honour is full of great names from Arkle through to Best Mate. It has also produced some of the most famous races in history such as Michael Dickinson’s famous five and Desert Orchid’s heroic victory. The winners become household names.

Can Minella Idaho or Al Boum Photo regain it? Or will Al Boum Photo defend? Or will a new champion emerge? Time will tell.

Ruby Walsh who is seen by many as the best Cheltenham gold cup tipster is saying the race is the most open it has ever been and going to be a great race to see how it pans out.

It provides a fitting climax to the Cheltenham Festival 2023 and no racing fan will want to miss it.

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