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The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase

The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeplechase 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 Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.

The 2021 edition of The Cheltenham Festival will be from Tuesday the 16th until Friday the 19th 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 15:30 on Friday the 19th of March.

Runners

The top 10 predicted runners and their ante-post odds for The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase at The Cheltenham Festival 2021 are the following:

  1. Al Boum Photo (FR) – 11/4 ante-post favourite – 9 years old – weighing in at 12-0 (01/01/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  2. A Plus Tard (FR) – 7/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (28/12/20) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
  3. Royale Pagaille (FR) – 8/1 ante-post odds – 7 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (23/01/21) – trained by Venetia Williams
  4. Champ (IRE) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-4 (11/03/20) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  5. Kemboy (FR) – 10/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (07/02/21) – trained by Willie Mullins
  6. Frodon (FR) – 14/1 ante-post odds – will be 10 years old – weighing in at 11-10 (26/12/20) – trained by Paul Nicholls
  7. Santini (GB) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 9 years old – weighing in at 11-6 (06/02/21) – trained by Nicky Henderson
  8. Native River (IRE) – 14/1 ante-post odds – 11 years old – weighing in at 11-6 (06/02/21) – trained by Colin Tizzard
  9. Minella Indo (IRE) – 16/1 ante-post odds – 8 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (07/02/21) – trained by Henry De Bromhead
  10. Presenting Percy (GB) – 20/1 ante-post odds – 10 years old – weighing in at 11-12 (28/12/20) – trained by Gordon Elliott

Tips

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Odds

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.

Previous Winners

Here are the previous 4 winners of The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase, including their odds, closest competitors and race stats:

2020

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 Photo’s 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.

2019

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.

2018

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.

2017

Back in 2017, 7/1 outsider Sizing John won The Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple 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.

Cheltenham Races TEst

With the Cheltenham Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get back into the spirit of this grand occasion, and for that, you’ve come to the right place.

With the offset commencing on Tuesday 16th March featuring The Unibet Champion Hurdle, you could be right there experiencing it all up until the final few races trickle through following The Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday 19th March.

Cheltenham Racecourse hosts the most anticipated event of the racing calendar where punters and racing enthusiasts can experience this exciting event from a number of perspectives, whatever the weather.

Four days of extraordinary racing offers a prize pool of over £4.5 million to the hopeful participants, with passion and emotion tantalising the senses of all in attendance.

Kissing the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse was voted the greatest racecourse in the world by The Racing Post in 2019. Each of the three magnificent Cheltenham Racecourse enclosures gives you a stunning view of the alluring surroundings.

The Cheltenham Festival offers world-class hospitality available to suit a wide range of budgets, so, if you wish, you could step up the quality of your experience to ensure you make the absolute best of this fascinating horseracing occasion.

Besides the racing, you can visit the shopping village featuring approximately 70 bespoke, carefully selected vendors for a mixture of essentials and luxuries. You can also indulge yourself at the bars and listen to live music all throughout the Cheltenham racing calendar.

Betting Tips

If you’re looking for the most diligently researched professional betting tips for the Cheltenham Festival 2021 races, our team of competent, experienced tipsters will provide all the fruitful information you need to make the most lucrative betting decisions possible.

The in-depth information we offer on favourites, horses to look out for, trainers, jockeys and more can mean it won’t just be the horses, trainers and jockeys getting Cheltenham results.

Tickets

Whether you have attended this enthralling event before and you’re looking for your annual fix, or you’ve been intrigued by the captivating aura that surrounds these races inducing the desire to make your Festival debut, you can find all the information you need on Cheltenham tickets right here.

Standard entry tickets are very affordable and there is a range of package options to suit your exact needs, so whatever your budget, The Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be the place to be this March.

Festival Guide

Any information you’re looking for on the festival including dates for the diary, the racecourse, the horse trainers, the jockeys, festival history, where to eat, where to stay and how to get there can be found right here at cheltenham.co.uk.

Race Calendar

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 features a variety of 28 breathtaking races, with 7 per day over the course of the four-day festival. Our race calendar makes it very easy to keep track of exactly what is going on and when.

The highlight of day one will be the Unibet Champion Hurdle with a prize pool of £450,000. Day two sees the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase take place where records continue to be broken.

Day three presents The Ryanair Chase and The Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle race, both in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Then Finally, Friday hosts the grand finale in the form of The Cheltenham Gold Cup.

The full Cheltenham race schedule is available right here, from the Tuesday 10:30 gate opening to the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle final race at 5:30 pm on Friday.

Hospitality

The beauty of the Cheltenham races is the sheer quantity of options when it comes to how you want to experience it.

If you head down to The Festival simply to view the races and absorb the exciting atmosphere you don’t need to break the bank. If you’ve set a higher budget for this pulsating occasion, you can get plenty for the money you want to spend.

You can choose from any of the 11 onsite restaurants for your evening meal, with a variety of restaurant types from The Horse & Groom Pub to the Champions Walk restaurant, you can choose the atmosphere that’s served alongside your meal.

Those with a higher budget and more cash to splash will be delighted by the range of luxury experience options, including viewing boxes with private bars, Room With a View packages complete with Bentley and helicopter transfers, and the luxurious Orchard Pods suitable for up to 20 guests with a private balcony.

Free bets

Free bets are a fantastic opportunity to step up the thrill of the races with a chance to recoup some of your festival expenditures, increase your spending money, or even strike it lucky and walk away from your exhilarating day with a smug smile.

Free bets work just like real bets except there is no risk involved. You can place a stake on your favourite horse and if it wins, so do you. Real cash.

The Cheltenham Festival is amongst the busiest periods of the year for bookmakers and betting sites, so they always come up with some incredibly tempting sign-up offers and free bets to lure you in. The high competition between the bookies is good news for you, as they compete to offer the most generous free bet deals.

We scour the web for all the best betting deals – including free bets – and provide you with a one-stop-shop to accumulate your free bet funds, meaning less time searching and more time sitting and sipping.

Odds

It’s thanks to the high competition between bookmakers that you can get such fantastic prices on the horses. Odds are competitive, so very high profits are possible.

We’ll make sure you have access to all the best odds from all the best betting sites, so you can experience how profitable the Cheltenham races can truly be.

Track all the odds as the Festival approaches ever closer so you know exactly who to look out for and back when the big week finally arrives.