The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run over three miles two and a half furlongs with 22 fences and an uphill finish
It’s the blue- riband event of the whole Cheltenham Festival and the race every jockey, trainer and owner wants to win. The winner’s names are not just etched into a trophy but into the minds of race fans for decades to come.
The contest itself is a true test of a chaser because not only does a horse need the ability to jump fluently, but it also needs the stamina to see out the race distance and manage the lung bursting final incline.
Paul Nicholls is the leading trainer in the Cheltenham Gold Cup over the last 20 years with three victories, closely followed by Nicky Henderson and Willie Mullins.
|When:||Friday 18th March, 3.05pm|
|Race Type||Grade 1 Chase|
|Weights:||11st 8lbs (5yo), 11st 10lbs (6yo+), (7lb allowance for mares)|
|Where to watch?||ITV, Racing UK, Bookmaker Streams|
|Key Betting Stats:||Seven of the last ten winners were aged either eight or nine years old.|
The highlight of the festival, the highlight of the entire national hunt season, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is a race to saviour.
With challenges from the UK and Ireland, horses that have excelled all season long, new faces and old favourites, this race serves it all up for racing fans to enjoy.
We’ve seen Irish dominance in recent years, with four of the last five winners coming from Ireland, can the UK break that in 2022?
Look out for key races in the opening months of the national hunt season including the Betfair Chase in November and King George in December, the two biggest pointers towards the Gold Cup.
What Happened in the Gold Cup 2021?
Minella Indo (9/1) won the 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup for Henry de Bromhead, who became the first trainer to achieve the historic feat of winning the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase, and Gold Cup all in the same year. A Plus Tard came home in second with Al Boum Photo, who was vying for a historic treble, finishing third.
Gold Cup Winners
2021 – Minella Indo
2020 – Al Boum Photo
2019 – Al Boum Photo
2018 – Native River
2017 – Sizing John
Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds
Odds for the Cheltenham Gold Cup are available all year round, but the market really starts to heat up from January onwards. As things stand in early February, the 2022 Gold Cup betting market is headed by A Plus Tard at odds of 7/2 with Betfair Sportsbook with Savills Chase winner Galvin at 9/2 with bet365.
Next in the Gold Cup betting comes last year’s winner Minella Indo who is 11/2 with bet365 to make it two on the spin. There’s then a small gap to 2-time winner (and last year’s third) Al Boum Photo at 10/1 with Betfred and Protektorat also 10/1 at Betfair. These odds may look very different on Gold Cup Day and if you are betting early make sure you bet on the ‘NRNB’ markets (Non Runner No Bet) so your full stakes are returned in the event of a non-runner.
Cheltenham Gold Cup best odds: 7/2 A Plus Tard, 9/2 Galvin, 6/1 Minella Indo, 10/1 Protektorat, Al Boum Photo, 14/1 Tornado Flyer, 20/1 Chantry House, 22/1 Royale Pagaille, 33/1 Champ, 40/1 bar
Gold Cup Tips
Some familiar names will be lining up for the 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup with two-time winner Al Boum Photo, last year’s winner Minella Indo plus last year’s third A Plus Tard all looking set to do battle once again. Of these market principles, we like Al Boum Photo (9/2 Betfred). He has won the race twice already in 2019 & 2020 and could become only the fifth horse in Gold Cup history to win it at least three times.
If looking for a bigger priced selection, the recent surprise Irish Gold Cup winner Conflated (12/1 bet365) is an interesting contender. He entered the reckoning after beating Minella Indo by 6 ½ lengths at Leopardstown on February 5th. There’s also an extra £150,000 bonus on offer from sponsor Boodles for winning both races.
* Cheltenham Gold Cup betting odds correct at the time of writing
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