The WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious contest in jump racing and has been won by some of the greatest horses in the history of the sport. The Grade 1 chase provides the highlight of the four-day Cheltenham Festival and, with prize-money of £625,000, is the most valuable jumps race in Britain and Ireland after the Grand National. The Gold Cup represents the ultimate challenge for the very best staying chasers, with 22 fences to be jumped during the relentless three miles and two and a half furlongs, and a punishing finish up the famous Cheltenham hill. Among the greats to have won the race are Golden Miller, Mill House, Arkle, Best Mate and Kauto Star. Check the Cheltenham Gold Cup runners and riders ahead of the big race and place your bets by clicking the odds buttons.
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Al Boum Photo returns as favourite for his shot at history with his bid for a third consecutive win in the festival showpiece. Best Mate was the last to win three in a row in 2002-04, and before him it was Arkle in 1964-66, and Al Boum Photo would be only the fifth to take the crown on more than two occasions. Willie Mullins has followed the same path from Tramore on New Year’s Day straight to Cheltenham for the third year in a row and he’s hoping it will have the same result. Several new challengers have emerged, chief among them being Grade 1 Savills Chase winner A Plus Tard and latterly last year’s RSA scorer Champ. More from left-field comes Royale Pagaille, a fast-improving novice from the Venetia Williams stable who has cut a swathe through handicaps. Frodon earned his chance with his King George VI triumph, while among the established Gold Cup contenders are last year’s runner-up Santini and 2018 winner Native River.
|2020||Al Boum Photo||RO-112-1||8||11-10||Willie Mullins||Paul Townend|
|2019||Al Boum Photo||2F1RO-1||7||12-1||Willie Mullins||Paul Townend|
|2018||Native River||1113-1||8||5-1||Colin Tizzard||Richard Johnson|
|2017||Sizing John||33-211||7||7-1||Jessica Harrington||Robbie Power|
|2016||Don Cossack||1-11F1||9||9-4F||Gordon Elliott||Bryan Cooper|
|2015||Coneygree||13-111||8||7-1||Mark Bradstock||Nico de Boinville|
|2014||Lord Windermere||31-876||8||20-1||Jim Culloty||Davy Russell|
|2013||Bobs Worth||1321-1||8||11-4F||Nicky Henderson||Barry Geraghty|
|2012||Synchronised||3P-731||9||8-1||Jonjo O’Neill||Tony McCoy|
|2011||Long Run||113-31||6||7-2F||Nicky Henderson||Sam Waley-Cohen|
Willie Mullins’ amazing day got even better as Al Boum Photo became the first repeat winner of the most prestigious prize in jumps racing since Best Mate. Paul Townend rode a fine race on the 100-30 favourite in a contest not run at the usual strong gallop and just held off Nico de Boinville on the strong-finishing Santini (5-1) by a neck at the line. Lostintranslation was another length and a quarter back in third but dual King George VI Chase Clan Des Obeaux could finish only eighth and seemed to confirm that Cheltenham is not his track.
The most prestigious race at the Cheltenham Festival is the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is always held on the Friday, which is known as Gold Cup Day, and is worth a total of £625,000.
The total prize-money for the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup is £625,000, with £351,687 set to go to the winner and the rest shared among the first eight runners past the post.
No, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is not a Flat race. The Gold Cup is a jumps race run over fences over a trip of three miles and two and a half furlongs.
The Gold Cup is made of real gold. The original trophy weighs 644 grams of nine-carat gold and is plated in 18-carat gold to give it a rich colour.
Al Boum Photo won the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Paul Townend.
Jump jockeys win somewhere between 8.5 per cent to nine per cent of winning prize-money for each race. The estimated earnings for the winning jockey in the Cheltenham Gold Cup is £30,000.
The Gold Cup is not a handicap, it is a Grade 1 race run in open company where most horses carry level weights, except in the case of mares who carry 7lb less as a sex allowance.
Best Mate won the Gold Cup in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He is the second horse to have won the race in three consecutive years after Arkle completed the feat in 1964, 1965 and 1966.
The Cheltenham Gold Cup is on the 19th of March 2021 and starts at 15:05.