The Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase is the main event of not only Gold Cup Friday but the entire four-day meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the most prestigious meetings on the National Hunt calendar, welcoming around a quarter of a million spectators to its world-class venue in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire every single year.
Each of the four days at The Festival has an official title and a featured race assigned to it. Day One is also known as Champion Day and it features The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy. Day two, also known as Ladies Day, features The Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase.
The Thursday of The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be known as St. Patrick’s Day and it will feature The Ryanair Steeple Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle. Finally, Day Four will be Gold Cup Friday, featuring the marvellous WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase.
The 2022 edition of The Cheltenham Festival will be from Tuesday the 15th until Friday the 18th of March. The Cheltenham Gold Cup will be the featured race of Gold Cup Friday.
About the Race
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is amongst the most anticipated horse racing fixtures on the National Hunt calendar. Participating horses must be aged 5 years and above.
This Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race covers a total distance of 3 miles, 2 furlongs and 70 yards along the ‘new course’ of Cheltenham and features a whopping 22 hurdles for the competitors to jump.
The purse for the Gold Cup is a life-changing £625,000 – the most valuable non-handicap chase in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Golden Miller has won the top prize the record number of times with 5 consecutive victories from 1932 until 1936.
Before 1972, The Cheltenham Gold Cup had had no sponsorships but has since had the likes of Piper Champagne, Tote, Betfred, Timico and Magners added to the list name.
The Gold Cup attracts a passionately hysterical crowd of around 65,000 spectators, with tens of millions being bet on this race alone. The 2021 edition will begin at 15:05 on Friday the 19th of March.
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The Cheltenham Gold Cup at Cheltenham Festival has some of the best starting prices on the horse racing calendar. These odds are only enhanced further by the vast number of price boost promotions being offered by all the best bookies.
The hugely favoured Al Boum Photo set off with a starting price of 10/3 last year. This is the shortest price in recent history and it still returned 333% profits. A £10 stake on him the year before would have returned £120 in profits, too.
In 1990, Norton’s Coin set off with a starting price of 100/1 to go on and cause the biggest upset in the race’s history, ridden by jockey Graham McCourt and trained by owner Sirrel Griffiths. A £10 stake on this result would have returned £1,000 in profits.
Here are the previous 4 winners of The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:
Last year’s Gold Cup Steeplechase winner was 10/3 favourite Al Boum Photo, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins. This was Al Boum Photos second consecutive Gold Cup victory.
Just a neck behind Al Boum Photo was 5/1 Santini ridden by Nico De Boinville, followed by 10/1 Lostintranslation in third and 20/1 Monalee in fourth.
Al Boum Photo won his first of two consecutive Gold Cups in 2019 with a starting price of 12/1, ridden by jockey Paul Townend and trained by Willie Mullins.
Two and a half lengths behind the leader in second place was 22/1 Anibale Fly, followed by 18/1 Bristol De Mai in third and 6/1 previous winner Native River in fourth.
The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner was 5/1 Native River, ridden by jockey Richard Johnson and trained by Colin Tizzard.
4/1 race favourite Might Bite finished four and a half lengths behind Native River in second place, followed by 33/1 outsider Anibale Fly in third and 9/1 Road To Respect in fourth.
Back in 2017, 7/1 outsider Sizing John won The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase, ridden by jockey Robbie Power and trained by Jessica Harrington.
7/2 Native River had to settle for third after losing out on second place to Minella Rocco by a short head, followed by 3/1 race favourite Djakadam in fourth-place.