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CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP BETTING PREVIEWThe Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highlight of the four days of the Festival, with the best chasers in the UK and Ireland taking on each other in the most anticipated race of the year. It's a Grade 1 chase covering three miles and about two and half furlongs, for horses aged five years and upwards. The Gold Cup runners have twenty-two jumps to face before a gruelling climb up the Cheltenham hill.
A strong pace usually means this becomes a war of attrition up the hill, and stamina rather than speed is the essential requirement. Defending champion Al Boum Photo is sure to be back to defend his title and will be tough to beat.
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AL BOUM PHOTO will be bidding for an historic third straight Gold Cup victory at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Willie Mullins has followed the same path from Tramore on New Year’s Day straight to Cheltenham for the third year in a row and will arrive at Prestbury Park fresh and well once again. .
CHAMP stayed on remarkably well to win last year’s RSA Novices’ Chase. He has been absent for most of the season and finished a good second in the Game Spirat Newbury in February, running well to finish second over two miles in the Game Spirit. Trainer Nicky Henderson was delighted with Champ’s showing after being switched from the longer Denman Chase.
SANTINI finished runner-up in last year's renewal but he is yet to replicate that form this term. He has been disappointing on each of his three visits to the racecourse this season and only the presence of genuine front-runners this year will undoubtedly be in his favour
A PLUS TARD won the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase at the Festival in 2019 and finished third in the Ryanair Chase last year. Trained by Henry De Bromhead, he has spent the majority of his chasing career thus far excelling over shorter trips, but stepped up to three miles to win the Grade 1 Savills Chase at Leopardstown at Christmas. He looked beat going to the last but then he outstayed everyone to the line. He is a classy horse and he’s the biggest danger.
NATIVE RIVER won the race in 2018, either side of his third (2017) and fourth places (2019). Ruled out last year with a tendon injury, the 11-year-old produced a terrific display to win the rearranged Cotswolds Chase at Sandown.
ROYALE PAGAILLE a fast-improving novice from the Venetia Williams stable who has cut a swathe through handicaps. The Rich Ricci owned seven-year-old is 3-3 this season and turned what is traditionally a very competitive Haydock Grade 2 handicap into a procession when last sighted January.
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Dark Horses? MINELLA INDO has been in decent form since losing out to Champ in a Novices’ Chase at last year’s Cheltenham Festival. The Henry De Bromhead's charge was one of the main favorites for this contest prior to falling in the Savills Chase at Christmas and failing to justify favouritism in the Irish Gold Cup earlier this month.
FRODON is a six-time Cheltenham winner who pulled out all the stops to win the Ryanair Chase in 2019. He ooked better than ever when winning a handicap at the course in October,beating Cloth Cap by more than 15 lengths. Connections have resisted running him since, so he will arrive fresh.
KEMBOY comfortably beat Delta Work and Minella Indo at the Dublin Racing Festival, having previously been beaten half a length by A Plus Tard in the Savills Chase. Anyway, his record at the Festival is very poor. Even if you overlook his messy first-fence exit in the 2019 Gold Cup, there are three other defeats here to digest – including his seventh in last year’s Gold Cup.
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CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP TRENDS
- 5 of last 12 winners were favourites/joint favourites
- 17 of the last 20 winners hailed from the top 3 in the betting
- 18 of the last 20 finished 1st or 2nd last time out
- 18 of the last 21 winners were 2nd or 3rd season chasers
- 16 of the last 20 winners had won or placed at the Festival before
- 6 of the last 12 winner had a previous win at Cheltenham
- 21 of the last 21 winners were aged 9 or younger
- Horses rated 166 or less are only 5 from last 34
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2021 CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP FAQs
What time is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the 4th and feature race run on Day 4 of the Cheltenham Festival. That falls on Friday March 19, 2021 and the official starting time is 3:30pm.
How many obstacles are jumped in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?There are 22 obstacles to jump for the Cheltenham Gold Cup runners
What is the distance of the Cheltenham Gold Cup?The Cheltenham Gold Cup is run on a distance of 3 miles 2 and a half furlongs
What is the prize money for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?The total prize money on offer for the Cheltenham Gold Cup at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival will be £625,000.
Who won the Cheltenham Gold Cup last year?Last year's renewal was won by Al Boum Photo at SP of 10/3, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend.
What weights are carried for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?11st 8lb (5yo). 11st 10lb (6yo+), with a 7lb allowance for mares.
Who is the leading jockey in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?Thanks to Al Boum Photo, Paul Townend is the only current jockey to win the race more than once in recent history.
Who is the leading trainer in the Cheltenham Gold Cup?No modern trainer has saddled more winners than Paul Nicholls. Plus, Nicky Henderson has saddled two winners and three placed horses from just 10 runners.