Frequently Asked Questions

What is the biggest race at the Cheltenham Festival?

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.

What is the prize-money of the Gold Cup?

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.

Is the Cheltenham Gold Cup a flat race?

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.

Is the Gold Cup made of real gold?

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.

Who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup last year?

Al Boum Photo won the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup for trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Paul Townend.

How much does the jockey get for winning the Gold Cup?

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.

Is the Gold Cup a handicap?

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.

When did Best Mate win the Gold Cup?

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.

When is the Gold Cup?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is on the 19th of March 2021 and starts at 15:05.