Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Odds

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is one of the most highly anticipated races across the entire Cheltenham Festival and the UK horse racing betting calendar. Raced upon the final day of the Cheltenham Festival, sentimentally known as Gold Cup Friday, this feature race brings down the curtain on the final day of racing and calls upon the best chase horses to take up the mantle and take on the Grade One fences for one last time.

Everything you need to know to bet on The Gold Cup 

Held annually in March, the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious jump racing event in UK horse racing. Raced over a distance of three miles and two furlongs at the famous Prestbury Park (Cheltenham Racecourse), this steeple chase race takes place on the new course which means a longer run-in for horses following the final bend.  

The race itself is open to horses who are aged five years or over and have taken part in specific national hunt races across their career. These races could be the King George VI Chase or the Savills Chase in Ireland, both of which are major preparation race for the contest itself.  Punters are also likely to see the defending champion return in straight renewals as they attempt to take another win in the biggest race of jumps racing calendar.

However, the Gold Cup is also known for making history. Referred to as the blue riband of jump races, horses such as Denman, Kauto Star and Minella Indo won this exciting race during their careers. But more recently, the race has made even more ripples as Rachel Blackmore become the first female jockey to win in the race's history alongside A Plus Tard.

Where can I find predictions with Gold Cup betting odds?

As the Cheltenham Festival gets closer, we’ll have all of the top Cheltenham betting tips, which include the Gold Cup. Keep your eyes peeled in the weeks leading up to this main event of the festival because as well as our tipping selections, we’ll have Cheltenham offers and the top betting markets

Gold Cup Tips

Cheltenham Gold Cup Odds 

Before the big race gets underway and even in the months building up to the March 2024 festival, Bet UK will have all of the latest Cheltenham gold cup odds on offers so you can select which horse you believe will win the race and be informed of their chances. If you’re unsure of which bet to place, there are many options available within our Gold Cup betting markets which include the best odds for the win, each-way and forecast betting options. 

If you're looking to change the format of your Gold Cup odds, you'll want to click the settings button at the bottom of your sportsbook, this will allow you to change your odds format between decimal odds and fractional odds. You'll find the best odds guaranteed on races where specified and you should always check out the specials section of BetUK to find bigger odds on races such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup. If you'd like to find out more about odds formats such as decimal odds and how they work, check out our betting odds explained.

The ante post favourite for the race is last years winner Galopin Des Champs who looks to defend his win against the likes of Fastorslow, Gerri Colombe and Shishkin.

How Gold Cup Trends Impact Betting Odds

A lot of bettors tend to bet on the Gold Cup based on the trends of the race. In our tips page, we have identified a number of trends for the race, these trends build on the betting odds for the race and horses who match the trends will be bet on more regularly, finding their betting odds decrease closer to the event. Some of the main trends we have found regarding the event can be found below.

  • Aged between seven and nine (11/11 winners)
  • Grade 1 chase winner (10/11 winners)
  • Adjusted RPR of at least 172 (10/11 winners)
  • Within 9lb of highest rated RPR (9/11 winners)
  • Won or placed previously at the festival (9/11 winners)

Cheltenham Gold Cup Winners 

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is normally the pinnace race in which many national hunt horses look to undertake the biggest challenge of their racing career. Across the almost 100 renewals of the race, some horses, including Arkle, Best Mate, Desert Orchid and Golden Miller, have added the race to their Grade One collection, and if you’re looking for the most recent winners, we’ve listed them below: 

  • 2023 - Galopin Des Champs
  • 2022 - A Plus Tard 
  • 2021 - Minella Indo 
  • 2020 - Al Boum Photo 
  • 2019 - Al Boum Photo 
  • 2018 - Native River 
  • 2017- Sizing John 
  • 2016 - Don Cossack 
  • 2015 - Coneygree 

Top Gold Cup Jockeys

In order to win the Gold Cup, a horse must be partnered by a jockey, and over the last decade,  there have been a number of top national hunt jockeys who have managed to add this race to their collection of wins. Given that Irish runners and riders target this race as a key stepping stone in their careers, it makes sense that you’ll see lots of those jockeys in the winning stats.

Recent Winning Jockeys 

  • 2023 Paul Townend
  • 2022 - Rachel Blackmore 
  • 2021 - Jack Kennedy 
  • 2020 - Paul Townend 
  • 2019 - Paul Townend 
  • 2018 - Richard Johnson 
  • 2017 - Robbie Power 
  • 2016 - Bryan Cooper 
  • 2015 - Nico De Boinville

Gold Cup Top Trainers 

A key part of any team winning the Gold Cup is a trainer who knows the ins and outs of the course at Cheltenham and how to handle the tricky fences. Over the last decade, many trainers have managed to land consecutive wins in the race, including Henry De Bromhead and Willie Mullins.

However, when it comes to overall successes and trends in the race, there are other names which should be noted, including Nicky Henderson, who has managed to win this race within his career with Bobs Worth.

Recent Winning Trainers

  • 2023 - Willie Mullins
  • 2022 - Henry De Bromhead 
  • 2021 - Henry De Bromhead 
  • 2020 - Willie Mullins 
  • 2019 - Willie Mullins 
  • 2018 - Colin Tizzard 
  • 2017 - Jessica Harrington
  • 2016 - Gordon Elliott 
  • 2015 - Mark Bradstock

Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup FAQs

Who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2023? 

The reigning champion of the Cheltenham Gold Cup is Galopin Des Champs. Winning last year's Gold Cup in the hands of Paul Townend for trainer Willie Mullins.

When is the Gold Cup?

The date of the Cheltenham Gold Cup will change annually, but the 2024 race will be contested on the 15th of March, 2024. 

What time is the Gold Cup? 

The race is expected to start at 3:30 pm and the result will be posted following the conclusion of the race. 

Who is favourite to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup? 

The horse who is favourite to win the race will be indicated in the betting markets prior to the race. However, the horse can change depending on the current form and performances of runners. 

How many fences are in the Cheltenham Gold Cup? 

There are 22 fences that will need to be jumped in order for a horse to win the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Who is the most successful horse in the Gold Cup?

Golden Miller is the only horse to win across five straight renewals between 1932 and 1936. Thus making him the most successful horse in the history of this race.

Who is the most successful trainer in the Gold Cup?

The trainer with the most Gold Cup wins is Tom Dreaper who won this race five times between 1946 and 1968. However, with three win in five years, Willie Mullins could overtake Dreaper in the near future.

What is the prize money for the Gold Cup?

The purse on offer for this jumps race is approximately £500,000.

What is the Irish Gold Cup?

The Irish Gold Cup is one of the biggest races in the National Hunt racing calendar, the race happens in February and is the main build-up to the actual Gold Cup at Cheltenham. If a horse performs well at the Irish Gold Cup, it'll find it's Gold Cup odds at Cheltenham dramatically shortened, similarly to the Ascot Chase.

What does NRNB mean in the Gold Cup?

This means that if you place a bet on a horse and it doesn't race, it means you'll receive your stake back as the horse was a non-runner. This is one of the main specials you'll find with the showpiece event of the Cheltenham Festival, alongside min odds guaranteed and best odds guaranteed, depending on what bookmakers offer for the race. For example, if you back Gerri Colombe or Galopin Des Champs in the 2024 race and they don't run, you'll get your money back.

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