Paddy Power Gold Cup Date is Saturday, 14 November 2020

Racecourse: Cheltenham


Type: Grade 3 National Hunt Handicap Steeplechase

Age Of The Horses: For Four Year Olds And Up


Distance: 2 Miles, 4 Furlongs & 44 Yards

2020 Winner: Coole Cody

Paddy Power Gold Cup 2020 Results

What Happened in 2020?

Coole Cody was far from fluent on his way around Cheltenham, but he pulled off something of a surprise in the Paddy Power Gold Cup under stand-in jockey Tom O’Brien for trainer Evan Williams. Sent off at 10/1, but you could have had far bigger odds in the days leading up to the race, the nine-year-old sneaked in at the foot of weights against some lauded rivals. Spare a thought for regular ride Adam Wedge who picked up an injury at home prior to this big day. Coole Cody made most of the running once Siruh Du Lac overjumped at the first fence and unseated his rider on his first start for David Pipe, and Simply The Betts – the pick of many tipsters – failed to fire.

He didn’t get particularly high over the obstacles, but that didn’t seem to matter. Happy Diva, the previous winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup, took a fall at the second last when still staying on. Saint Sonnet, the ante post favourite for the race, also took a tired tumble when beaten. Mister Fisher didn’t go on the softening ground and was one of six pulled up. That left the prominent Coole Cody finding plenty out in front, holding last year’s sixth Spiritofthegames at 14/1 for Harry and Dan Skelton by 3 ¼ lengths. The well-backed 5/1 favourite and locally trained Al Dancer was beaten a further length in third with 50/1 outsider Kauto Riko next ahead of the fading 10/1 chance Sky Pirate with only seven of the 16 runners finishing.

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Paddy Power (Formerly BetVictor) Gold Cup Info

The big betting race over fences of Cheltenham’s November Meeting has had a number of sponsors down the years. Originally called the Mackeson Gold Cup after the popular stout ale, it later became the Paddy Power Gold Cup from 2003 to 2015. BetVictor took over sponsorship for four seasons from 2016 to 2019, with the race known then as the BetVictor Gold Cup. Paddy Power are once again partnered with this Grade 3 handicap chase in 2020, however, so the name reverts back to the Paddy Power Gold Cup.

It is run during Cheltenham’s November meeting over 2 miles 4½ furlongs, making it an ideal trial for the Ryanair Chase which is staged over the same distance. Since 2005 when the race replaced the Cathcart, seven BetVictor Gold Cup winners have gone on to run in the Ryanair with Imperial Commander managing to win the event in 2009.

This is a handicap race with Grade 3 status, and in 2020 it will be staged on Saturday November 14th and is worth a total of £160,000. Check Cheltenham betting deals for the Gold Cup and other Festival or trial races to get the best bang for the buck!

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General Race Info

Runners & Tips

Stats & Trends

Past Winners

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2020 Paddy Power Gold Cup Official Entries

At the five-day declaration stage, a field of 17 horses have been entered in the 2020 BetVictor / Paddy Power Gold Cup. All are guaranteed a run if they want. Here they are in handicap order from topweight down:

  1. Aso (Venetia Williams)
  2. Simply The Betts (Harry Whittington)
  3. Mister Fisher (Nicky Henderson)
  4. Al Dancer (Nigel Twiston-Davies)
  5. Slate House (Colin Tizzard)
  6. Happy Diva (Kerry Lee)
  7. Siruh Du Lac (David Pipe)
  8. Spiritofthegames (Dan Skelton)
  9. Saint Sonnet (Paul Nicholls)
  10. Domaine De L’Isle (Sean Curran)
  11. Brelan D’As (Paul Nicholls)
  12. Kauto Riko (Tom Gretton)
  13. Fidux (Alan King)
  14. Pinson Du Rheu (Alexandra Dunn)
  15. The Russian Doyen (Colin Tizzard)
  16. Coole Cody (Evan Williams)
  17. Sky Pirate (Jonjo O’Neill)

2020 Paddy Power Gold Cup Top Tips

Saint Sonnet (4/1)

Ditcheat trainer Paul Nicholls has won the BetVictor Gold Cup twice in 2012 and 2014, and had four horses placed in the race since. That makes French import Saint Sonnet of obvious interest. A ready winner of his sole chase when trained across the Channel, he only moved to his current handler over the winter. The five-year-old Saint Des Saints gelding was a cosy winner of his British debut at Catterick in February. He justified a long odds-on price of 1/5 when pushed clear on the run-in by Harry Cobden for a 3¾ lengths victory.

Off the back of that, Nicholls pitched Saint Sonnet in at the deep end for the Grade 1 Marsh Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Sent off an unfancied 33/1, he ran a very credible seventh and was only beaten by 13 lengths. He wasn’t going the pace to threaten the top middle-distance novice chasers in the British Isles and stumbled at the last but, with Nicholls keen on him for the BetVictor Gold Cup, Saint Sonnet could be chucked in on a potential handicap debut off an official rating of 147. This is a big drop in grade from the Marsh where he was only 2¾ lengths behind Dipper winner Midnight Shadow and finished a dozen in front of 2018 Prix la Barka winner Bapaume.

Al Dancer (9/1)

Nigel Twiston-Davies has trained the winner of this three times since 2008, so sole representative Al Dancer is one to take notice of. The stable also had the potentially well-handicapped Good Boy Bobby among initial entries, but he has forfeited that. That leaves team Twiston-Davies with Al Dancer, a course chase winner and Arkle Trial runner-up in 2019. He had been kept over two miles throughout his career until being stepped up in trip on reappearance.

While Al Dancer faced a notoriously sticky jumper in Master Tommytucker at Newton Abbot, he kept on well for a 2¾ lengths victory there on that sharp track. Although the handicapper has put him up 3lb for that success, it still leaves him getting weight from Doncaster conqueror Mister Fisher. There is only a length between them on that form, so Al Dancer could reverse it now that he meets his old rival on better terms. It is certainly wise to put a line through his fifth in the Arkle when badly hampered twice in over the final four fences, and he is 9/1 here.

Mister Fisher (7/1)

While trainer Nicky Henderson hasn’t won the Paddy Power / BetVictor Gold Cup since 2003, Mister Fisher has always been held in high regard and has course form to his name. The six-year-old ran as well as could be expected at last season’s Cheltenham Festival when a fine fourth behind a trio of high-profile Emerald Isle raiders in the Marsh Novices’ Chase. When you are tangling with the mighty Samcro, a consistent course performer such as Melon and an equine legend like Faugheen, this represents a big drop in grade.

Although put up 2lb by the handicapper for finishing behind these lauded Irish jumps horses, that is more lenient than some rises given out to other Paddy Power / BetVictor Gold Cup hopefuls. Mister Fisher is by Jeremy and has a Grade 2 success as a novice on his CV too when holding Al Dancer by a length at Doncaster. A repeat of his Festival effort should see him go close admittedly under a welter burden, and he is a best-price 14/1 for this.

Simply The Betts (5/1)

After giving trainer Harry Whittington a breakthrough Cheltenham Festival victory in the Grade 3 Stable Plate Handicap Chase in March, Simply The Betts capped a very productive novice campaign over fences. He beat Happy Diva, who won this race last year, that day and brings very strong form claims into this renewal if taking his chance. That is because the seven-year-old by Arcadio has two course and distance victories under his belt.

Simply The Betts saw his win in the Timeform Novices’ Handicap Chase on Festival Trials Day franked by the runner-up Imperial Aura with a subsequent Listed success. He then did plenty to advertise the form himself when holding both Happy Diva and another course and distance winner in Mister Whitaker. As Simply The Betts is one of a few useful horses owned by Kate and Andrew Brooks, alongside Itchy Feet and Rouge Vif among others, they may be connections to follow in steeplechases for the 2020-21 National Hunt season in general. Their horse is a top-price 14/1 to score here.

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BetVictor Gold Cup 2019 Results

What Happened in 2019?

Happy Diva, so unlucky to be brought down four out on her Cheltenham debut in the 2018 BetVictor Gold Cup when still travelling well, earned compensation with a gutsy victory for Welsh Marches trainer Kerry Lee. Her Herefordshire handler and regular jockey Richard Patrick went close in two other runs at the course in another Grade 3 handicap chase on New Year’s Day and against her fellow mares when down in trip at the April meeting. Happy Diva always appealed as the type who had a prize of this nature in her, then, and was sent off at 14/1 after Lee promised punters she would come on for her reappearance run when second to Guitar Pete at Listed level at Wetherby.

After racing in mid-division and then making some headway, she hit the twelfth but challenged on the long run following the next jump as a fence was omitted. Happy Diva led approaching two out and stayed on gamely up the Cheltenham hill, toughing it out and holding the JP McManus owned 20/1 chance Brelan D’As by a neck. Paul Nicholls’ runner pulled eight lengths clear of 33/1 outsider Warthog from the David Pipe stable in third. Only eight of the 17-runnner BetVictor Gold Cup field completed the race with 4/1 favourite Slate House falling when bang in contention two from home.

Paddy Power Gold Cup Stats & Trends

Statistics form the backbone of helping you to make better betting decision, especially when it comes to a big field handicap chase like the Paddy Power (formerly Betvictor) Gold Cup. These trends are well worth paying attention to and noting down before you decide to take a punt:

  • Leading jockeys – Jumps legend Tony McCoy holds the record with four successes in the saddle. Of active jockeys, Sam Twiston-Davies has had two previous winning rides in BetVictor Gold Cup aboard Little Josh (2010) and Caid Du Berlais (2014).
  • Leading trainersMartin Pipe was the master, saddling a record eight wins before retiring. Of active trainers, Nigel Twiston-Davies has had four successes with three of those coming from 2008 onwards. Jonjo O’Neill trained three BetVictor Gold Cup winners in a decade between 2006 and 2016. Paul Nicholls has also had a couple of successes in 2012 and 2014, and four horses placed in the last five years.
  • Favourites – The market leader has a poor record in the BetVictor Gold Cup with Tranquil Sea the last favourite to oblige in 2009. All of the last six winners had a starting price of 8/1 or bigger, while half of those were 10/1 or greater.
  • Age – Eight seven-year-olds have won the race since 2005. In the same period, with only two six-year-olds, as many eight-year-olds and nine-year-olds, and a five-year-old have been successful. That suggests a clear age profile with second season chasers having a particularly good record.
  • Rating – Horses with an official BHA rating of 143 or above have won the BetVictor Gold Cup in nine of the last 11 seasons. Of those, seven have been rated between 143 and 148, so concentrate your search there.
  • Weight – After 2006, only two horses have carried more than 11 stone to victory in the race. Looking lower down the weights for a progressive type could well pay off, then.

BetVictor Gold Cup 2018 Results

BetVictor Gold Cup 2018 betting was as hot as ever, Mick Channon’s Mister Whitaker going off 6/1 favourite with plenty of money floating around the ring too for Rather Be (7/1) and Baron Alco (8/1) among others.

Having suffered a suspensory injury when second in the 2017 Stable Plate at the Festival, it was feared we may never see the best of Baron Alco again but that was truly laid to rest here.

After a full 577 days off the track, George Moore’s runner proved to be well-handicapped, jumped best of all and stayed on well to tough it out and win. Unfortunately though, further injury worries meant he did not run at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

Bet Victor Cup Past Winners

Here’s a look at the past BetVictor Gold Cup winners and how they fared at the big March meeting:

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Festival Performance
2018 Baron Alco 7 Jamie Moore George Moore Did not race
2017 Splash Of Ginge 9 Tom Bellamy Nigel Twiston-Davies 2nd in Stable Plate
2016 Taquin Du Seuil 9 Aidan Coleman Jonjo O’Neill 2nd in Coral Cup
2015 Annacotty 7 Ian Popham Alan King 11th in Ryanair Chase
2014 Caid Du Berlais 5 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls 16th in Stable Plate
2013 Johns Spirit 6 Richie McLernon Jonjo O’Neill 4th in Stable Plate
2012 Al Ferof 7 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls 5th in Ryanair Chase
2011 Great Endeavour 7 Timmy Murphy David Pipe 8th in Ryanair Chase
2010 Little Josh 8 Sam Twiston-Davies Nigel Twiston-Davies Did not run