Gold Cup Tips 2021

Day four at the Cheltenham Festival is headlined by the biggest race in all of National Hunt racing, the Gold Cup. First staged at Cheltenham in 1924, the Cheltenham Gold Cup has become the most coveted prize in the sport of horse racing, and any chaser lucky enough to triumph over this three-and-a-quarter-mile trip is guaranteed a place in the annals of sporting history.

2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup Key Facts

Date Friday 19th March, 2021
Time 3:30pm
Course Cheltenham Festival
Status Grade One
Distance 3m 2f
Prize Pool £625k
Age 5YO+

2021 Gold Cup Odds

Name
Odds
Al Boum Photo7/2
A Plus Tard8/1
Minella Indo8/1
Santini9/1
Champ10/1
Frodon14/1
Kemboy14/1
Bar16/1

*Odds taken from Paddy Power on 6/1/21*

2021 Gold Cup Tips

Al Boum Photo will bid to become just the fourth three-time winner of the Gold Cup when he returns to Cheltenham in 2021. Willie Mullins' star heads the betting, with Santini, Champ and a whole heap of top-quality chasers stacked up behind him.

We'll have a range of 2021 Gold Cup tips and articles live on the website when the new National Hunt racing season starts.

2021 Gold Cup Entries

Al Boum Photo is one of seven entries for Ireland's top trainer, Willie Mullins. Kemboy and Melon could both make an appearance, as could Allaho, Burrows Saint, Castlebawn West and Acapella Bourgeois.

Gordon Elliott will give Delta Work another crack at the Gold Cup, as well as two-time runner Presenting Percy. Former Ballymore and Ryanair winner, Samcro has been entered, along with Shattered Love and Battleoverdoyen.

Henry De Bromhead holds four entries, but only Minella Indo and A Plus Tard look likely runners. Jessica Harrington has entered just one of her horses, 2019 Grand National runner-up, Magic Of Light.

Nicky Henderson will throw last year's runner-up, Santini in for another go at the Gold Cup. RSA Novices' Chase winner, Champ is another likely runner, with Henderson also handing an entry to Terrefort.

Paul Nicholls has Frodon and Cyrname entered up, along with Master Tommytucker and Real Steel, who finished sixth for Willie Mullins in last year's feature race on day four of the Cheltenham Festival.

Vinndication and Imperial Aura could represent Kim Bailey. Waiting Patiently has also been entered in the Gold Cup, while owners Kate and Andrew Brooks could be represented by Saint Calvados, Simply The Betts and Itchy Feet.

Colin Tizzard has handed entries to Lostintranslation, Mister Malarkey and former Gold Cup winner, Native River. Other notable entries include Bristol De Mai, Yorkhill, Lake View Lad and last year's Ultima winner, The Conditional.

2020 Gold Cup Result

Position
Name
SP
1st Al Boum Photo 10/3f
2nd Santini 5/1
3rd Lostintranslation 10/1
4th Monalee 20/1
5th Delta Work 5/1

Cheltenham Gold Cup Day Card

Time
Title
Status
Distance
1:30pm Triumph Hurdle Grade One 2m
2:10pm County Hurdle Grade Three Handicap 2m
2:50pm Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle Grade One 3m
3:30pm Gold Cup Grade One 3m 2f
4:10pm Foxhunter Chase Class Two 3m 2f
4:50pm Mares' Chase Grade Two 2m 4f
5:30pm Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle Class Two Handicap 2m 4f

Cheltenham Gold Cup History

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious prize in all of National Hunt racing. 

The Gold Cup is run on the New Course at Prestbury Park. It's open to all chasers, and run over a grueling trip of three miles and two-and-a-half furlongs.

The first recorded running of the Cheltenham Gold Cup actually took place in 1819. At that stage, the Gold Cup was a flat race, and run over three miles on Cleeve Hill.

In 1924, the Cheltenham Gold Cup was switched to fences, and took pride of place in the center of the card on the final day of the Festival Festival.

The first horse to thrust their name up in lights in the Gold Cup was the legendary Golden Miller. Basil Briscoe's star won the Gold Cup five years in a row between 1932 and '36, while also winning the Grand National at Aintree in 1934.

The Cheltenham Festival, this the Gold Cup, was interrupted on several occasions during World War I and World War II.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup's popularity in Ireland grew massively in Ireland during the 1940s. Tom Dreaper trained the 1946 winner, Price Regent in 1946. Two years's later, Vincent O'Brien's Cottage Rake won for the first time, before landing a hat-trick of Gold Cup wins in the two subsequent seasons.

In 1958, Kerstin became just the second mare to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Only two other mares have achieved that feat since, the most famous of them being Dawn Run, who struck under Jonjo O'Neill for Paddy Mullins in 1986, three years after winning the Champion Hurdle.

Arkle dominated jumps racing throughout the 1960s. Tom Dreaper's star won the Gold Cup in 1964, '65 and '66, cementing his legacy as the greatest horse in the history of National Hunt racing.

L'Escargot claimed back-to-back Gold Cup wins at the start of the 1970s. Burrough Hill Lad scored in 1984, five year's before Desert Orchid claimed a popular victory in the 1989 edition of the Gold Cup.

The following season saw the biggest shock in the history of the Gold Cup, as 100/1 outsider, Norton's Coin handed little-known Welsh trainer, Sirrel Griffiths a fairytale victory.

AP McCoy celebrated the first of his two Gold Cup wins in 1997, guiding Mr Mulligan to victory. Mick Fitzgerald struck on See More Business two years later, handing Paul Nicholls his first win in the Gold Cup.

2002 saw Henrietta Knight's Best Mate claim his first Gold Cup win. Best Mate would follow up in '03 and '04, joining the illustrious list of three-time Gold Cup winners.

The rivalry between Kauto Star and Denman dominated National Hunt racing in the late 2000s. Paul Nicholls' stablemates went toe-to-toe in three Gold Cups. 

Denman overcame his rival and defending Champion in 2008, before Kauto Star turned the tables on his stablemate the following season, becoming the first horse to regain the Gold Cup in the process.

Nicky Henderson saddled the Gold Cup winner in 2011 and '13, with Long Run and Bob's Worth winning either side of McCoy's second victory on Synchronised.

In 2015, Mark Bradstock's Coneygree became the first novice to win the Gold Cup, powering up Cleeve Hill under an excellent ride by Nico De Boinville.

Irish Trainers have won four of the last five Gold Cups, with Colin Tizzard's Native River interrupting the Irish success in 2018.

Gordon Elliott and Jessica Harrington celebrated their first Gold Cup triumphs in 2016 and 2017, with Don Cossack and Sizing John coming out on top.

After years of waiting, Willie Mullins finally got his hands on the Gold Cup in 2019, as Al Boum Photo scored a surprise win.

In 2020, Al Boum Photo became the first horse since Best Mate to win back-to-back Gold Cups, holding off Santini and Lostintranslation in a thrilling finish to Cheltenham's showpiece event.

Cheltenham Gold Cup Winners

Year
Winner
2020 Al Boum Photo
2019 Al Boum Photo
2018 Native River
2017 Sizing John
2016 Don Cossack
2015 Coneygree
2014 Lord Windermere
2013 Bobs Worth
2012 Synchronized
2011 Long Run
2010 Imperial Commander
2009 Kauto Star
2008 Denman
2007 Kauto Star
2006 War Of Attrition
2005 Kicking King
2004 Best Mate
2003 Best Mate
2002 Best Mate

Gold Cup FAQs

When is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup will take place at 3:30pm on day four of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday 19th March.

What is the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most prestigious prize in all of National Hunt racing. This Grade One is open to all chasers, and run over a gruelling trip of three miles and two-and-a-half furlongs.

Who won the Gold Cup?

In 2020, Al Boum Photo became the first horse since Best Mate to win back-to-back Gold Cups, handing trainer Willie Mullins his second-straight win in the race.

Who's the favourite for the Gold Cup?

Al Boum Photo will bid to become just the fourth three-time winner of the Gold Cup when he returns to Cheltenham in 2021, and he currently heads the ante-post betting, ahead of Nicky Hendersons duo, Santini and Champ.

Where can I watch the Gold Cup?

The 2021 Cheltenham Gold Cup will be shown live on ITV Racing. If you want to stream the race live on your mobile or tablet then visit our Live Streaming page for more details.