2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup Date is Friday, 13 March (3:30pm)
Type: Grade 1 National Hunt race (3m 2f)
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With the advent of summer jumping, National Hunt racing isn’t far off being a year-round sport these days. It is in the month of March that the season really reaches a crescendo though with the annual Cheltenham Festival. There’s not a bad race to be found at this meeting, but for many there is one contest which stands above all the rest.
One of the most iconic and historic racing events of the season, the Cheltenham Gold Cup continues to enthrall racing fans. We are already looking forward to Cheltenham Gold Cup day in 2020, and here we have compiled a quick guide to the race, including Cheltenham Gold Cup betting info, Cheltenham Gold Cup betting offers and a look back at those Gold Cup runners and riders to have come out on top in recent years.
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Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020 Preview & Tips
Preview By Frank Monkhouse
Former professional boxer who is now a content writer specialising in sports and betting. Has worked for some of the biggest names in the industry, including Coral and Betfair covering all manner of sports, from boxing and football to horse racing. A student of the formbook, he loved stats, trends, numbers and how they can guide punters towards a winner.
2020 Gold Cup
It’s Cheltenham Gold Cup time. The National Hunt season is back in full flow and we have some fascinating races to look forward to between now and the end of the campaign. There can be no doubting the standout of the calendar, however, the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.
The festival runs from Tuesday 10 March to Friday 13 March. The focus of this article falls on the main attraction, the race punters look forward to and prepare their bets on for months – the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup. A world-famous Grade 1 with a history that can be traced all the way back to 1924, the list of winners reads like a who’s who of UK and Irish horse racing.
Who will add their name to that exclusive honours roll this year?
The following review takes in every aspect of the race important before placing a bet. We look at early favourites in the antepost list, past winners, trends and a betting guide that offers Cheltenham Gold Cup tips and advice before betting on the race.
Key Runners and Favourites
Traders at the top bookmakers took aim at the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup as soon as the dust had settled on the 2019 race. They began to work through the possible field, attaching prices and offering punters the chance to get in early and secure bigger odds on their runner of choice.
Value hunters will find antepost betting at most firms on the next Gold Cup. Play one of the early favourites are take a chance on a plucky outsider with a real chance of upsetting the odds. The race stats don’t do much to support the shortest price runners, so don’t be put off by big odds.
When betting antepost it’s important to remember just how this market works and the risks that come with getting your cash down before the final field has been announced. If you back a runner antepost its highly likely you’ll receive a better price than those leaving their betting until the day of the race. The main drawback, however, is you could lose your stake without getting a run for your money. If you bet on a horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and your selection either chooses to run in a different race or swerves the festival entirely, you’ll be out of pocket.
You must weigh up risk vs reward, but by looking through the below betting you’ll notice the risks seem well worth shooting for. Read on for some of the main favourites in the early betting.
The antepost betting for the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup is as open as you’re likely to find in a big race this year. There’s plenty of value around with traders putting up their prices, sitting back and allowing backers to make their choice. The money men aren’t ashamed to admit that, at this stage, they have no idea how the race will go and believe anyone with the foresight to predict the major places deserve a good price. The gold cup offers punters a chance to win big.
Kemboy is early Cheltenham Gold Cup favourite but the fact the jolly carries a chunky 13/2 – best price when betting at Betfair – gives a feeling of traders sitting on the fence. Kemboy has been favourite since the market opened but hasn’t attracted too much attention so far, seeing only nibbles from the early bird backers. There’s no doubt he’s good enough to win this race and as we know pricing up the Gold Cup isn’t easy, we wouldn’t dare say the market is wrong in its current form. Bet on Gold Cup now.
The Wullie Mullins trained seven-year-old gelding goes into the season on a run of victories and having won at Aintree and Punchestown at the end of last term, handlers are aiming their prize at a hat-trick. He ended the 2018/19 campaign with an impressive win in the Grade 1 Punchestown Gold Cup on the opening day of May. That was a fine way to sign off.
The victor grabbed another Grade 1 prize that day when scoring off an SP of 13/8 fav, beating Al Boum Photo by two lengths to the line. There wasn’t a lot between the first two in the betting that day but the race winner got the job done with a bet to spare, showing his class in the process. The Storyteller was back in third at 25/1.
A very interesting runner and one the bookies aren’t in any rush to write off. Beating the in form Kemboy will be no mean feat but what we’ve seen from Lostintranslation so far suggests he has the stamina and speed to lay down a credible challenge. If these two runners make the final field for the Gold Cup on Friday in March we are in for a treat, regardless of the result.
On paper, the front two in the betting look very evenly matched and that may push punters into a bet on Lostintranslation. Taking the bigger price in such a competitive contest makes a lot of sense, allowing backers to enjoy the show knowing they have the value working in their favour. Those looking to support Lostintranslation in the Gold Cup will be delighted to find him trading at 7/1 with William Hill. That’s market best price at the time of writing but that quote is available with most firms, traders seemingly in agreement.
This talented seven-year-old, trained by Colin Tizzard has won four times from 13 starts going into the season but it’s also worth mentioning he has placed on another seven occasions, including a runner up spot six times. That will catch the eye of each-way backers and there’s enough in the current price to merit an each-way play.
Al Boum Photo (8/1)
The third favourite knows the market leader all too well from previous battles and is back for more of the same. If handlers send Al Boum Photo into the Gold Cup they can expect their runner to serve up a real challenge and push the main players all the way to the line. Is he good enough to win the race? We certainly wouldn’t be in a rush to put anyone off backing him at decent odds as victory wouldn’t be the biggest shock of the season.
Al Boum Photo has an 8/1 price tag slapped on his chances by William Hill traders and that’s interesting because most firms offer only 6/1 on the same runner. As any value hunter and profitable punter will confess, backing a 6/1 shot at odds of 8/1 is a sure-fire way to make a profit over the course of the season. The fact some respected bookmakers would have Al Boum Photo as joint favourite shows the kind of respect he has in the industry and that’s not misplaced.
Another from the Wullie Mullins string, this seven-year-old has won six and placed three times from his first 13 goes. He won two on the bounce at Tramore and Cheltenham last season before running into Kemboy in the Punchestown Gold Cup. Those two season ending victories included a win at Cheltenham when landing this very race, the Gold Cup to become 2018 champion. Does he have what it takes to defend his crown? Easier said than done, of course, but Al Boum Photo did beat runner up Anibale Fly by over two lengths that day. The team will arrive with confidence.
Presenting Percy (16/1)
Another near the head of the betting is one that’s always popular with casual backers, especially when available at good odds, and that’s Presenting Percy. Those playing for small stakes love this runner as they often are rewarded with a nice price for their trust and always get a run for their stake money out of this gutsy performer. Presenting Percy will feature amongst the main finishers if sent into the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020.
The experienced eight-year-old gelding simply loves it around here, as he has shown on many different occasions over the years. He won 10 times from 19 starts, placing on another three occasions. Presenting Percy won two of three last year, but was no better than eighth in the 2019 Gold Cup and that may put a few off taking him this time, if he’s thrown back in. That does rate as a serious blot on his copybook and its likely handlers would have learned their lesson and will send him down a different route at the festival.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Stats & Trends
Many shrewd backers like to place their trust in the stats and trends when making a Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup bet. Looking through the form and figures to pick out successful trainers, horses, jockeys, owners, age of winners and anything else that seems relevant. Do your research and you’ll often stumble across a bet worth having. Below you’ll find some of the popular trends that could prove useful when deciding which runner to back with your hard-earned cash.
- Most successful horse – there really is no doubting who the best horse ever to run in this race and that takes some doing when we consider the top names who have challenged over the years. Golden Miller rates as the most successful Gold Cup horse, having won the title a total of five times. That’s simply phenomenal. Those victories came in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1936.
- Leading jockey – Pat Taafe leads the way when it comes to the pilots and his four Gold Cup winner’s medals surely won’t be passed for quite some time. He got off the mark in 1964 with Arkle and also rode the same horse to wins in 1965 and 1966. Fort Leney was the only other winner, coming good at Cheltenham in 1968.
- Leading trainer – another award that isn’t up for debate is the leading trainer with Tom Dreaper head and shoulders above the competition. He was responsible for a total of five Gold Cup champions between 1946 and 1968. Arkle provided three of his five wins.
- Leading owner – Dorothy Paget owned seven champions with Golden Miller responsible for five of those. Roman Hackle boosted that tally in 1940 and Mont Tremblant did the business in 1952.
- Age – When looking at the age of the last few winners we see an eight-year-old has won four of the last seven renewals and that’s worth remembering when tackling this year.
Cheltenha Gold Cup General Info
It may not be the richest jumps race of the year – although with £600,000+ on offer, the prize money is not to be sniffed at – but there is little doubt that in terms of quality the Cheltenham Gold Cup is the very best National Hunt event of the season. Run over a stamina sapping 3m2½f, with 22 fences to be safely negotiated, it is a contest which really lends itself to drama and heroic performances. A race isn’t born with the reputation and prestige bestowed upon the Cheltenham Gold Cup though.
These things comes with time and are largely down to the equine stars to have etched their names onto the list of previous Cheltenham Gold Cup winners. The likes of Arkle, Desert Orchid, Best Mate, Denman and Kauto Star were all horses whose fame transcended the sport, and all were amongst the greatest winners in Cheltenham Gold Cup history.
From a betting angle it is also one of the events which most preoccupies the minds of punters, with talk of possible Cheltenham Gold Cup horses and Gold Cup betting cropping up from an early stage. So when is the Cheltenham Gold Cup? And what is the Gold Cup race time? Always run as the feature race on the Cheltenham day 4, Friday 15th March at 3:30pm is the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 date for the diary.
Gold Cup Betting Offers
When a race is as popular and so high profile as the Cheltenham Gold Cup, one thing you can be sure of is that it will attract its fair share of interest from the bookies in terms of special offers and promotions. That can only be a good thing for punters when looking at the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting in 2019. The Cheltenham Festival is a good time of the year for offers in general, but there will likely be a number of specials available specifically related to the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 betting markets.
Those looking to get involved early in the Gold Cup 2019 betting – or indeed the festival in general -should keep an eye out for the non runner no bet offer. Often available from as early as January, this takes the risk out of ante post betting. Unlike with a standard ante post bet, a bet under the non runner no bet conditions means you will receive your stake back should your selection not be amongst the Gold Cup runners in 2019 on the day of the race.
Other than non runner no bet, what else can we expect? Well if past festivals are anything to go by, we should be in for a deluge of money back specials, enhanced odds and free bets surrounding the Cheltenham Gold Cup race. Be sure to check out our Cheltenham Betting Offers page for the full details of all those sportsbook promotions as the event approaches and the attention of the racing world turns ever more to the horses running in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Betting On The Gold Cup
Anyone looking to buy into the excitement of a Cheltenham Gold Cup bet will certainly be spoilt for choice when it comes to where to take their business. We can’t think of many – if any – bookmakers who don’t offer betting on one of the most famous horse races in the world. So how to choose between them? Well, there are a few things to consider:
Research is a key piece of advice when betting on the Prestbury Park action. Read as many industry interviews as you can concerning the race and your chosen horse. Get the thoughts of the trainer and owner. Check recent results at course and distance, find out the form of the trainer and research the likely jockey. The more ammo you have to beat the bookie the better. You should also seek out Cheltenham Gold Cup 2020 tips.
Choose betting site
One of the key things to look for when weighing up your options is an excellent existing reputation. This is where review sites can come in particularly useful. Highlighting the pros and cons of a site, they will give a good idea as to the type of customer experience you can expect, as well as helping you steer clear of any providers who may have regulatory or security issues.
The main product of a bookmaker is the odds that they offer. Clearly as a customer you would like these odds to be amongst the best and most competitive available. Odds comparison websites are an excellent guide as to how the various firms measure up.
Promotions are offered by all major bookmakers now and there will be no lack of deals and offers when it comes to Cheltenham. It will be worth checking the promos page of your online bookmaker in the run up to the festival to see what you can get. This may include free bets and enhanced odds. Keep an eye out for the Cheltenham Gold Cup betting offers.
Check live streaming options
Having placed those Cheltenham bets, you are most likely to want to watch the action unfold. There are many sportsbooks which offer a live streaming service on the Cheltenham Festival, so be sure your selected bookie ticks this box if this feature is high on your wish list. Live streaming is an exciting new feature offered by online betting firms which allows you to watch all the races at Cheltenham at no extra cost. This is done through an HD quality live stream sent directly to your desktop computer, mobile phone or tablet device. Never again will you be forced to miss the action, even if you are forced into a sneak peek at work.
Bet on antepost market
Antepost betting allows backers to predict which horses will run in the Gold Cup and act early to secure a better price. The risk is your selection may go in another race and you won’t get a run for your stake money. Weigh up the risk vs the reward. If you believe your pick will run in the race and has a good chance of winning, it’s worth backing it antepost to get the best value possible.
Gold Cup Past Winners
Each and every year the Cheltenham Gold Cup never fails to provide one of the most abiding memories of the whole Cheltenham Festival. Here we provide a Cheltenham Gold Cup review from the past two editions of the race.
- Al Boum Photo – Cheltenham Gold Cup winner 2019
- Native River – 2018
- Sizing John – 2017
- Don Cossack – 2016
- Coneygree – 2015
- Lord Windermere – 2014
- Bobs Worth – 2013
- Synchronised – 2012
- Long Run – 2011
- Imperial Commander – 2010
What Happened in 2019?
The 2019 Gold Cup was won by Al Boum Photo for Wullie Mullins and jockey Paul Townend on Friday 15 March.
The champion was sent off as a 12/1 shot, showing traders were unsure over how he was going to perform against a talented field over the 3m 2f distance on ground that was described as good to soft.
He took to the challenge wonderfully, beating off competition from Barry Geraghty’s Anibale Fly to win the race by 2 ½ lengths, sprinting to the finish line, making a real statement to the packed stands and viewers watching the live TV action around the world. He was a clear and deserving winner, gaining a solid lead going over the last and sticking to his task to cross the line unchallenged.
Al Boum Photo showed his class that day – performing best of the Cheltenham Gold Cup runners that year – but he also proved he’s a horse with plenty of fight and that will be remembered by backers who will be only too happy to give him another go. Those who had him backed last year are now playing with profits on this horse and he owes them nothing.
Chelteham Gold Cup Results 2018
- 1st Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson
- 2nd Might Bite, ridden by Nico de Boinville
- 3rd Anibale Fly, ridden by Barry Geraghty
The 2018 edition saw one of the all-time classic head to head contests in this great race. Locked in battle almost from the word go, it soon became clear that the finish here would involve only Native River and Might Bite. The question was would it be the class of the smooth travelling Might Bite, or the sheer toughness of Native River which would win the day? In the end it was the latter, as given an equally determined ride by Champion Jockey Richard Johnson, Native River finally broke Might Bite’s resistance in the closing stages. Anibale Fly – who later went on to place in the Grand National – ran on for third.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Results 2017
- 1st Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power
- 2nd Minella Rocco, ridden by Noel Fehily
- 3rd Native River, ridden by Richard Johnson
Having spent the majority of his outings in Grade 1 contests chasing after the superstar Douvan over two miles, it seemed that Sizing John was destined to be the bridesmaid and never the bride. He didn’t look the most obvious of future Gold Cup winners at that stage in his career. Trainer Jessica Harrington clearly saw something in him though and the step up to staying trips certainly worked the oracle. In addition to this race, he also took the Irish Gold Cup and Punchestown Gold Cup in what was a stellar season.
Previously a winner over four miles at this meeting, Jonjo O’Neill’s Minella Rocco was unsurprisingly doing all his best work late and grabbed second. Colin Tizzard’s Native River filled third spot – but just twelve months later it would be his name which was up in lights at the end of this event.
Key Gold Cup Trials
Cheltenham Festival trials will take place throughout the National Hunt season and it would be wise to pay attention to the results of these. The trials include many of the main names in the antepost betting running over track and trip. See below for a list of winners and times. Keep these numbers in mind when planning your Cheltenham Gold Cup betting.
Backing any winner at the Cheltenham Festival is undoubtedly a satisfying experience. Placing a bet on the winner of the biggest race of them all is nevertheless a little extra special, be it via an ante post punt or a bet on the day; with you own funds or via a free bet offer. Hopefully this guide will serve to assist those of you looking to get involved in all the thrills, spills and excitement of the Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup; undoubtedly one of the greatest horse racing spectacles in the world. So pencil that Cheltenham Gold Cup date in the diary and keep your eyes peeled for the likely Cheltenham Gold Cup runners and riders in the build up to the race.