Cheltenham Gold Cup Betting Tips
The highlight of the whole Cheltenham Festival is the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Run on the Festival’s final day, the Gold Cup is the perfect ending to the four-day event. To help you out with your selections this year, Bet UK have a complete racecard and Gold Cup betting tip with updated ante-post and pre-race odds as we lead up to the event.
History of the Gold Cup
The Gold Cup is one of horse racing’s oldest races, with the first official edition taking place in 1819, 200 years ago. At the time, it was a 3m flat race and was won by Spectre, earning his owner 100 guineas for his success. In 1924, the race was updated to a jumps race and was awarded a total prize of £685. At that point, the race was run on the ‘Old Course’, but in the late ‘50s the decision was made to move it onto the ‘New Course’, bringing the Gold Cup into the Modern Era.
The 1960s brought about one of the most successful horses of all time at Cheltenham; Arkle. From 1964 to 1966, Arkle dominated the Gold Cup and was even priced up at 1/10 in the 1966 race, making him the shortest Gold Cup winner ever. More records were broken in 1983, with trainer Michael Dickinson remarkably training the top five horses in that year’s Gold Cup. Bregawn, Captain John, Wayward Lad, Silver Buck and Ashley House were all trained by Dickinson. In 2009, Kauto Star became the first horse to win the Gold Cup for a second time not in back to back years. Kauto Star won in 2007 before losing out in 2008 and then winning it back a year later.
Potential Racecard for the 2021 Gold Cup
3:05 Cheltenham - Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase
Grade 1 - Class 1 - 3m 2 1/2f
|1||Al Boum Photo||/211-1||---||W P Mullins||11-10|
|2||Allaho||13-641||---||W P Mullins||11-10|
|3||A Plus Tard||213-21||---||Henry De Bromhead||11-10|
|6||Black Op||22-496||---||Tom George||11-10|
|7||Burrows Saint||31-262||---||W P Mullins||11-10|
|12||Imperial Aura||21-11U||---||Kim Bailey||11-10|
|13||Kemboy||27-221||---||W P Mullins||11-10|
|16||Melon||42-335||---||W P Mullins||11-10|
|17||Minella Indo||2-11F4||---||Henry De Bromhead||11-10|
|18||Native River||/11-31||---||Colin Tizzard||11-10|
|19||Real Steel||1P6-3P||---||Paul Nicholls||11-10|
|20||Royale Pagaille||23-111||---||Venetia Williams||11-10|
|21||Saint Calvados||422-4U||---||Harry Whittington||11-10|
|28||Magic Of Light||18-412||---||Mrs John Harrington||11-3|
|29||Shattered Love||6-3102||---||Gordon Elliott||11-3|
2021 Gold Cup Betting Tip
Al Boum Photo comes into this race looking to be the first horse to win three Gold Cups in a row since Best Mate between 2002-04. But, 11/4 is a bit short when we’re looking at ante-post, so we’re going just a bit further down the market at A Plus Tard. Most recently, A Plus Tard beat Kemboy by a length and a half at Leopardstown, a sign that he’s in good shape. Last year at Cheltenham, it was a disappointing result in the Ryanair Chase for A Plus Tard. But with another year under Henry de Bromhead’s tutelage, we can expect improvements. A previous win at Cheltenham racecourse also leads us to believe there’s a decent chance of a win.
A Plus Tard is 11/2 at the moment in the ante-post market, but what do we mean by ante-post? Ante-post betting is betting on a horse before a racecard has been confirmed. This means that come race day, the horse might not even end up running. Typically, this would mean you would lose your stake, but Bet UK offers Non-Runner No Bet on this year’s Gold Cup. This means that if your selected horse doesn’t end up running, you’ll get your money refunded in full.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting markets correct at the time of writing.
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