Cheltenham Gold Cup
What You Need to Know
- Our tip for the Gold Cup is on our daily horse racing tips page. Don Cossack trained by Gordon Elliott is the favourite closly followed by Vautour.
- The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a massive favourite with racing fans and is the big highlight of the Cheltenham Festival each March - the 2016 race is sponsored by Timico. This year it will start on the 18th of March at 15.30.
- The first Gold Cup was held back in 1924, since when it's become a firm fixture on the UK racing calendar.
- As well as being popular, it's also highly prestigious. It's a Grade 1 National Hunt race that attracts the best racing talent, with Arkle, Best Mate and Katuo Star among the past winners.
- The Gold Cup course is 3 miles long, with 22 fences and a first prize of around £300,000.
- Whether you're a gambling veteran or new to the world of online betting, the Gold Cup is perfect for having a flutter. Consider opening an online sports betting account to get the very best selection of odds.
- Getting to Cheltenham is very easy, whether you're driving or taking the train. During the Cheltenham Festival, regular shuttle buses ferry race-goers from the station to the trackside.
- Most years there are several firm favourites and upsets are very rare, so consider putting down an accumulator if you want to get long odds.
While it may not have the history or royal connections of some other races, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is nevertheless a true highlight of the British racing calendar. In fact, the race is widely-regarded as the biggest prize in British jump racing, with the list of past winners including legendary thoroughbreds such as Arkle, Best Mate and Katuo Star.
The highlight of the annual Cheltenham Festival, the Grade 1 National Hunt race takes place each March and is massively popular with not just race-goers, but with TV viewers and sports betting fans right around the world.
History of the Cheltenham Gold Cup
Racing has been held at Cheltenham since around 1820. However, the first Gold Cup was only held in 1924, and even then, it was second to the old National Hunt Chase as the biggest event of the meet.
Thanks to the size of the prize on offer, the race soon grew in prestige and popularity. Aside from the war years, when it was cancelled, the Gold Cup grew and grew and was switched to the 'New Course' at Cheltenham in 1959.
Over the years, the race has attracted some of the biggest names in racing, with Golden Miller and Arkle the most famous champions of the modern era.
The Race Today
Keeping with tradition, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is run over a distance of 3 miles and 2.5 furlongs (or 5,331 metres), and is open to horses aged five years or over. Competitors are required to jump 22 fences, making it one of the toughest races in the National Hunt calendar. A prize fund of more than £500,000 is on offer, with the victor winning around £330,000.
The Gold Cup is the number one highlight of the annual Cheltenham Festival, which takes place at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse each March. As well as attracting thousands of spectators, the race is also hugely popular with sports betting fans right around the world. The 2016 race is known as The Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase.
The 2015 Horses and Latest Odds
- Don Cossack - 3/1
- Djakadam - 7/2
- Cue Card - 4/1
- Don Poli - 9/2
- Smad Place - 10/1
- Road To Riches - 12/1
- Carlingford Lough - 25/1
- On His Own - 66/1
- O'faolains Boy - 66/1
- Irish Cavalier - 100/1
Betting on the Cheltenham Gold Cup
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is perfect for betting on: it's fast and furious, with the horses cheered on by a boisterous and passionate crowd and a very real prospect of an upset. Additionally, bookmakers always offer a great selection of betting markets in the run-up to the big race, especially if you go online and sign up for a sports betting account.
Most years there are several hot prospects, with one of these usually winning the race. So, if you want to get long odds, either consider having a flutter on an outsider to place in the race or put an accumulator on the Gold Cup and at least one other race at the Cheltenham Festival.
Getting to the Race
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is always held at the famous Cheltenham Racecourse, just outside of the city of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, England. Getting to the course is very easy, whether you're travelling by car or by public transport.
- For the duration of the festival, regular shuttle buses run to the racecourse from Cheltenham Spa railway station, with the station offering direct links with London, Bristol, Birmingham and many other places.
- If you're driving, then the racecourse can be found at GL50 4SH and is easily-reached from Junctions 9 or 10 of the M5 motorway. For the Cheltenham Festival, visitors are able to make use of plenty of free parking within easy walking distance of the famous old course.
For more information about getting to Cheltenham, visit the official website.
Facts and Records
The Gold Cup is a favourite with trainers, jockeys and race-goers alike, thanks in no small part to its rich and colourful history. Here are just a few facts from the history of this prestigious event:
- Golden Miller holds the record for the most Gold Cup wins. The thoroughbred raced to victory in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935 and finally 1936.
- Arkle went into the 1966 race at 1/10 odds-on favourite to win. To this day, he remains the shortest-priced winner in the race's history.
- In comparison, Norton's Coin was a 100/1 long shot ahead of the 1990 race. His victory was the biggest surprise in the history of the Gold Cup.
- Kauto Star is the only horse to have ever regained the Gold Cup having lost the title. He followed up his 2007 race with victory again in 2009.
- A different cup is awarded each year, with the winners allowed to keep the trophy.
- The Gold Cup was famously cancelled in 2001, the year when all of the Cheltenham Festival was ruined by an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
- The Cheltenham Festival is one of the great sporting occasions in the UK. Visit the official website and plan your day at the races
- You can also catch some other top class races at the Festival including the Queen Mother Champion Chase, the Arkle Challenge Trophy and the Novices' Hurdle.
- If you're serious about making money by betting on the big race, be sure you know what you're doing. Check out this great introductory guide to betting on horses to get started today
- The other major races on the UK horse racing calendar include the Grand National, Epsom Derby and Ascot Gold Cup.