Cheltenham Gold Cup

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

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 information.

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Cheltenham Gold Cup

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.

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 December 2022:

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2022 Odds

Cheltenham Gold Cup
  • Date: Friday 17th of March 2023
  • Time: 15:30
  • Details: 14 Runners
Galopin Des Champs
L'homme Presse
Noble Yeats
Ahoy Senor
Envoi Allen
Millers Bank
Dashel Drasher

Cheltenham Gold Cup Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer
2012 Synchronised 9 Tony McCoy Jonjo O’Neill
2013 Bobs Worth 8 Barry Geraghty Nicky Henderson
2014 Lord Windermere 8 Davy Russell Jim Culloty
2015 Coneygree 8 Nico de Boinville Mark Bradstock
2016 Don Cossack 9 Bryan Cooper Gordon Elliott
2017 Sizing John 7 Robbie Power Jessica Harrington
2018 Native River 8 Richard Johnson Colin Tizzard
2019 Al Boum Photo 7 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2020 Al Boum Photo 8 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2021 Minella Indo 8 Jack Kennedy Henry De Bromhead
2022 A Plus Tard 8 Rachael Blackmore Henry De Bromhead

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2022 Result

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 for A PLUS TARD with high odds of 9-2
  • One point each way for MONKFISH with larger odds of 16-1

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.

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.

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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.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Race Stats

  • 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.
  • It is run on the new course at Cheltenham racecourse.
  • 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. An official rating of 166 or higher is normally required to win the Gold Cup.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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

What won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2021

The 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup was won by Minella Indo, trained by Henry De Bromhead.

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?

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?

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.

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

Can Minella Idaho defend his title? Can Al Boum Photo regain it? 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 and no racing fan will want to miss it.

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